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Tales from a First-time Picture Book Author

A writer reflects on her experiences as the author of a children’s picture book, a genre that is often dismissed and misunderstood.

In 2018, I made my fiction debut with a nearly 500-word childrens picture book. Since then, Ive had my fair share of bouquets and brickbats. Ive been working in childrens publishing for over a decade, but my experiences as an author have been very differentboth amusing and painful!

One remark from an uncle really got my goat. He said, You wrote this book with a few hundred words, lots of pictures that you didnt even draw, and youre an author? Arent these books way easier to write than, lets say, The God of Small Things? Yet, both you and Arundhati Roy are authors?! In a somewhat similar vein, a friend, who also works in publishing, advised me that if I wanted to be taken seriously as an author, I should write a paperback. No ones going to look twice at you as a picture book author from India. I mean, we dont have a market thats capable of producing and supporting a Julia Donaldson! Besides, a 28-page book with 500-odd-words is no gauge of literary merit. Ouch!

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Published On : 12th Jan, 2024

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