Children's Books: Hobby or Profession?

"I write books for young readers."

"Oh, really? But do you have a job?"

This type of conversation has taken place one too many times since I started writing children's books as a career. That's why I'm delighted when a professional clarifies our vocation for the masses. Check out the trailer author Jackie Davies created for her next book, The Lemonade War (Houghton Mifflin, April 2007). Just when you were kvetching about how only big names get big bucks to promote their novels, a real pro goes out and makes it happen.