Kidlit Genres: Trends Survey 2014

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To all my readers (and students!) who want to know what’s hot and what’s not in kidlit genres, here is a Trends Survey from leading Editors & Agents. It’s a global perspective, so Indian readers need not take it as the gospel… still, it’s a good yardstick, isn’t it?

Writing and Illustrating

artshowAngela Padron NJ SCBWI art show FINALThe NJSCBWI Art Show Continues: I think you will enjoy this cute little sea monster in this illustration by Angela Padron. Angela was born and raised in Freehold, NJ but moved to Florida in 2002. For over 15 years, Angela taught bilingual, ESL, Spanish, and Art in public schools before becoming a freelance writer and illustrator. Now she writes and illustrates children’s books, including board books, picture books, chapter books, and middle grade novels.

Below is the slide I made up after tallying the answers to the survey I sent to a total of 38 editors and agents. I asked each whether they thought the genres below where increasing, decreasing, or staying the same and if they expected this to continue for the next year.

GenreTrendsCheck back tomorrow for more details.

Talk tomorrow,


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Deadlines, challenges and other minefields

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As I passed the 6-month mark of the challenge – two challenges, actually; one is a chapter book a month, and the other, a short story a month – three things became clear to me.

1. Irrespective of what you frankly or secretly thought of your own capacities as a writer/artist/professional/human being, You Can Do Anything. That voice that says you can’t – it is lying now, but if you start believing it, it won’t be lying anymore. You just need to find your goal, fix a deadline and work towards it. Even one goal would do.

2. When you start working towards a goal, the universe itself will resist your efforts. You will find innumerable distractions, delays and doubts cropping up and poisoning your mind. You will recognise uncountable numbers of reasons why you can’t / won’t / shouldn’t be doing what you were trying to do. This is a test. The only way to pass it is to Just forge ahead. 

3. Once you are midway through a project, exhaustion creeps in. On good days, the rest of the year looks doable. On difficult days, it looks insurmountable and, frankly, pointless. Do not face this alone. A pep talk is most important at this time. Talk to a friend or a fellow creator. Stop pretending you are fine, and get help. It will save you. It saved me.

So here is my advice to anybody in the middle of a personal project – be it losing those extra kilos or trying to write a book – do not lose hope. Do not stop, or sigh, or look backwards. A job half-finished can make or break you, so be extra careful. True, you are half-way across the well (to quote a Tamil saying) but this is the most dangerous point – you give up now, you go straight to the bottom, you cannot even try to aim for the walls… you won’t be close enough!

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