Children’s writers are, on the whole, a fairly modest bunch. We’ve learned to be, over years spent observing, with some amusement, our place in society. We’ve all met that friendly businessman at a party or in an airplane, the one who says jovially, “So you’re a writer! I always wanted to meet a writer! What kinda books you write?” So we say, “Children’s books,” and his interest visibly wanes. “Oh,” he says, “that’s … cute. Do you draw your own pictures?” And we know we aren’t real writers in his eyes, not like Harold Robbins or Jaqueline Susann.

– Susan Cooper i Dreams and Wishes. Essays on Writing for Children.

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