Is it more important for the kids to like your books, or for the parents? The parents do the buying, but the kids do the lobbying. My parents always bought the breakfast cereal I told them to. I don't remember requesting books, but the school would send brochures home suggesting books that the parents might buy for us from Scholastic Book Clubs. Jeff Herman
Charles... funny you said what you did about the Chicken or the Egg as I was going to use that as an example in my first reply to this thread... it's true. When I was buying books for my kids when they were younger, we made it an adventure and went through books together; also, when they were in private school's, they had a wonderful selection of books that called out to them of which I would then purchase as well.
I also had a book store, with children as a focus, sort of like, You've Got Mail! I would hold story time once a week, share a story and to my surprise, both the children and their parents stayed. Not because they had to, because they wanted to. What I read, was in my store, and they would buy it. So I do believe there is really no answer to this question, but it is an interesting one at that.
BTW is anyone here familiar with Shel Godin?
I figure you mean Seth Godin?
Yes... sorry, I have been typing too much... of course Seth Godin.. ;)
Haven't read any of his books. Just a few i'views where the interviewer appeared to want to imbue him with the gift of prophecy and he didn't want it. A lot of talk about his biz start-ups - and shut-downs. Have you read any? If so, what's your opinion.
Great comments. It seems that the bottom-line is to be a kid when conceiving and writing. And if I remember correctly, some kids dislike most other kids and most adults, and that alienation can spawn fascinating tales. Jeff
Although I've debated this one in my mind...I think the bottom line is really the editors who are buying the manuscripts. Of course, with ebooks...it's probably the kids.
On a somewhat related note - should books intended for an older YA audience have some kind of parental advisory on it with a description of the type of content that would make it appropriate for an older audience?
That's the way to get kids to want to read it, telling that they can't. Jeff
Haha. Yes, I agree, Tellulah. NFA. Not suitable for adults. Teen stuff can be shocking to our delicate sensibilities.