I think I chose the two most underrated careers in the history of careers: homemaker and children's author. In today's post, I'll explore the latter.
For Writers: Being an Underrated Author
"Oh, you write for children? How cute!"
"I've thought about doing that. I've read tons of children's books. How hard can it be?"
"How fortuitous! I'm a librarian. If you want to sign a copy of your book, I'll be happy to put it on my shelf."
"Oh really, and when will you graduate to writing real books?"
All of the above quotes (or versions of them) have actually been said to a children's author. Being an author of children's books is underrated, possibly because:
Ironically, I've been told that it's impossible to write a play that tells a full story in under ten minutes. I thought, that's interesting because I know tons of people who do it all the time - how long does it take to read 32 pages, straight through? Time yourself. You'll be surprised. Which brings me to...
For Readers: Underrated Picture Books
One of my favorite authors is Sid Hoff. His books should receive as much fame as Dr. Seuss, but alas they don't hardly. What is it Dr. Seuss's books had that Sid Hoff's didn't?
Really the only thing that takes a quality book from obscurity is the marketing. And since our collective attention span is so short, the loudest most colorfully marketed books get the fame while the rest equally impressive books slide into the massive figurative pile of picture books, collecting proverbial dust - and largely forgotten altogether.
So, my friends. Take a trip to the library. Walk past the flashy signs that say "Read me now!"
Bend down and start scanning spines. Find the one that doesn't grab you, that doesn't have a cover redone or arrows pointing to it.
True, you might find a lump of coal.
Or you might find a gem.
In any case
Enjoy the hunt.
The Big Link
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)