How I Got Into Publishing


Last year, I joined the newly created Diversity Committee of the Children’s Book Council. I’m sure I’ll talk more about it, but for now, I wanted to cross post a few pieces I did for the blog.

I couldn’t be more excited to be part of the committee. I had never met the other members (frankly, they’re ALL above my pay grade). Already, I think of them as friends.

Here’s my first post, about how I got into publishing.

Here’s the first line: When I came to the United States at the age of eight, I spent a lot of time in the library because I needed to learn English, and because none of the neighborhood kids knew yet how awesome I was at Nintendo.

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About danielnayeri

Daniel is the author of STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW. He is also the Director of Children's Books at Workman Publishing. He got his start in publishing as a Literary Agent. This site was created to answer any questions readers might have about books in one place. If you have a question, please email Daniel.Nayeri at gmail.
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3 Responses to How I Got Into Publishing

  1. Sima says:

    Wonderful job! You are amazing! :-)

  2. Emilyj says:

    I followed the link to your original article… what an awesome story! You have my complete admiration and respect; I agree with the person that said your story would make a great movie…or book! Inspirational, intriguing, and with a sense of humor! I’ve been “following” you for about a year now…no, not as a stalker, I just like what you have to say. Ever since I read some blurb you wrote about a kid and a bygone Lego commercial. I wish you would come speak at our Montana SCBWI conference! :) Wouldn’t you just love to come out and see Yellowstone National Park?

    • danielnayeri says:

      Hi Emily!
      Thank you so much for the kind words. It’s wonderful to get feedback. Oh, man, you had me at Montana. I once saw a Montana Tourism Board photo of a red barn on a green hill, with buttes in the background, and thought that I wanted nothing more than to set a story in that barn. It ended up being a novella called TOY FARM, which is in STRAW HOUSE. I’m always happy to attend conferences, with either writer or editor hat on. I hope our paths cross soon, but in the meanwhile, thank you for reading. cheers.

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