Can You Make a Living as a Children's Book Author?

Exploring the Financial Side of Kidlit

If you are like most children’s book writers, I’m guessing you would love your writing work to be your full-time job.

And if you are like most children’s book writers, I’m guessing your books are not making enough money for you to earn a comfortable income.

Whether you are published or pre-published, most children’s writers know, the dream of writing books for kids doesn’t come with fame and fortune.

Now, my reason for wanting to write for children was never motivated by a dream for fame and riches. It was for the pure joy of it, for the chance to write the stories I wished existed when I was a child, and even for my own children today.

But it would certainly be nice if the dream could come with a living wage.

And that has not been the case. At all.

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Cover of King Sejong Invents an Alphabet

King Sejong Invents an Alphabet

In 15th-century Korea, King Sejong was distressed. The complicated Chinese characters used for reading and writing meant only rich, educated people could read–and that was just the way they wanted it. But King Sejong thought all Koreans should be able to read and write, so he worked in secret for years to create a new Korean alphabet. King Sejong’s strong leadership and determination to bring equality to his country make his 600-year-old story as relevant as ever.

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