I'm a full-time PhD candidate from Australia. I'm working on my thesis, which is on children's literature. In my spare time, I write and review books.
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I'll be posting a lot of reviews on here, particularly on YA and children's lit.
I'll also throw in a few crime fiction and scifi reviews when I fancy it,
and the occasional film review too. You can follow me on Twitter, too - @jessieflea
From what I’ve gleaned from attending conferences, it feels like a large percentage of the people writing children’s books are white women in their forties, fifties, and sixties with at least some college education. This probably has been the case for decades. The children’s book authors I’ve met often share a few characteristics: They grew up with books, they’ve read a lot, they have some sort of connection to children, either through teaching, parenting, or a job that puts them in contact with kids, and they’ve had the time and money to develop their writing skills and attend conferences. So I think there is definitely a socio-economic factor in becoming a children’s book author. Literary Agents Discuss the Diversity Gap in Publishing (via booksandpublishing)
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