"If you wait for inspiration, you're not a writer, but a waiter."
"I cannot think of any work that could be more agreeable and fun than making books for children."
LOBEL, ARNOLD - Educational Paperback Association
"Never believe the first twenty publishers who reject your work. For the twenty-first, submit something new."
A Conversation With Garth Nix-Writer's Write
"We have read your manuscript with boundless delight. If we were to publish your paper, it would be impossible for us to publish any work of lower standard. And as it is unthinkable that in the next thousand years we shall see its equal, we are, to our regret, compelled to return your devine composition, and to beg you a thousand times to overlook our short sight and timidity."
~Rejection slip from a Chinese economic journal
(from Sophy Burnham's collection of inspiring thoughts for writers, "For Writers Only," Ballantine Books, 1994)
"You have doubts. You hate it. You love it. You discuss it with your editors. You change it. Finally, at one point you just know it's right. After that it goes very quickly."
Eric Carle Author Study, The Official Eric Carle Web Site
"A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people."
"Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm."
~Sir Winston Churchill
"Never underestimate the intelligence of your audience."
Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith,
Scholastic Interview with Jon Scieszka
"Though I write a lot, and love to write, it never seems to come with ease."
Avi - Educational Paperback Association
"I always do the first line well, but I have trouble with the others."
"It takes a heap of loafing to write a book."
Help! I Need an Illustrator!
Getting Some Respect
How Long Does It Take?
So You Want to Write a Children's Book?
The Making of "The Ugly 'Elepaio"
Words of Wisdom
Writer's Resources Online