Q: What does it take to be hired and hired consistently as a freelance children's book writer?
A: There is no magic formula for guaranteeing that you will get hired consistently as a children's book writer, or even that you'll get hired . . . Ever. But if you educate yourself on the market, hone your children's writing skills, pick a niche* to pursue, and then persist in applying for projects and completing/submitting your own projects, you'll give yourself a leg up.
I suggest applying what you already know from your other experiences in the workforce. That means using a similar work-generating process:
- learn about the profession
- polish your skills
- research your market so you know what children's book publishers want and where to look for work
- apply for work
- do consistently excellent work once you start snagging gigs
- foster and maintain great working relationships with your clients
- network with writers, editors, and other publishing professionals
- look ahead to future projects
- stay abreast of industry trends
- actively seek new opportunities
In sum, as with any other job, you have to make it happen!
*I believe narrowing your focus by picking a niche — whether it's for a limited time to get you started or forever — is key.