Well I touched on this in my last post but I signed my agent not for a fiction picture book but for a non-fiction kid’s cookbook. Huh?
Now before you say, “Wait! You can’t write non-fiction!” Let me break it down for you.
- I’ve spent years honing my writing skills for brevity, clarity, and engagement. These are all essential for writing nonfiction that doesn’t put readers to sleep.
- I’ve been writing exclusively for kids for five years straight. So I know my target market and audience. Major brownie points for non-fiction writing.
- I’ve been blogging for four years. Having a platform for non-fiction is essential for a positive response to a non-fiction proposal.
- I have degrees in childhood development and business. I know the lingo and can keep up with the technical side of writing fairly well.
All this goes to say: yes you can write whatever you put your mind to. Take a serious look at your skills, list them out like I did if you want. Now tell me exactly why you’re the one to write the story you’re writing. You’re the only one who can write it from your particular point of view, because there is only one you.
I BELIEVE IN YOU. Don’t let the constraints of what the “normal” is tell you “no.”