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.

About danielnayeri

Daniel is the author of HOW TO TELL A STORY and STRAW HOUSE, WOOD HOUSE, BRICK HOUSE, BLOW. He is also Publisher at Odd Dot, an imprint of Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. He got his start in publishing as a Literary Agent. 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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