Children's authors and illustrators finding it difficult to make a living

Authors and illustrators are finding it increasingly difficult to make a living in the children's sector claims Agent Caroline Sheldon.  She estimated that fewer than half of the children's authors who previously made a living from writing five or 10 years ago are now doing so.

She said: "The big things are getting bigger and the middle area is getting squeezed." While authors used to be able to diversify outside their main area, cutbacks in publishers' lists have made extra work scarce, she added.

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