Emily Smith Pearce is the author of two children's books, mother of two busy elementary school children, crafter, and blogger. In January, 1999 she was in the second class to graduate from the Vermont College of Fine Arts with her Master's Degree in Writing for Children and Young Adults. She is currently working on a young adult novel and a nonfiction middle grade book on fashion history. She credits hanging out at the library where her mother, a children's librarian worked, as one of the things that influenced her the most in becoming a writer.
Here are some nuggets from Emily's presentation:
- Get a boring day job so that you have brain space left over to write after work.
- Persevere. Persevere. Persevere. "It took several years and plenty of setbacks to get my first book published."
- In response to, "How were writing your novel and your early reader different experiences?" Emily said, "Isabel and the Miracle Baby was written over a period of time with my mentor, Carolyn Coman at VCFA, and was inspired by someone I knew. Slowpoke, which is autobiographical, started out as a writing exercise. I took a picture book and studied its structure, and then I plugged it into a story. I also had one editor for Isabel and three different editors for Slowpoke because of the fast changing nature of the publishing industry. Eden Edwards suggested it would work better as an early reader than a picture book."
Boyds Mills Press, 2010
- You should use social media for networking in addition to promoting your own work. Maureen Johnson and Sarah Dessen are good examples. "You should share more about others' work than your own or people will quickly grow bored."
- The most rewarding thing are school visits when kids read your book. "One boy told me he had paid for the book out of his own money."
- Discouragement happens. One first grader asked, "Do you ever worry if you'll never write another book?"
- She still reads. A lot. While cooking supper or drying her hair. Her daughter once said to her, "Mommy, please don't read while you're driving!" Emily never said if she put the book down…
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|Front Street Books, 2007|
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