David Michael Slater is an acclaimed author of books for children, teens, and adults. His work for children includes the picture books Cheese Louise!, The Bored Book, The Boy & the Book, the early chapter book series, Mysterious Monsters, and the teen series, Forbidden Books. David's work for adults includes the hilarious comic-drama, Fun & Games, which The New York Review of Books called “Hilarious,” and the forthcoming non-fiction title, 25 Ideas in Education That Just Don't Work -- And How to Fix Them. David teaches middle school in Nevada, where he lives with his wife and son.
The same problem I have 20 years later: rejection! I've collected well over 1000 rejection letters along the way to get over 20 books published. This business requires a lot of persistence!
It's truly not rocket science. My advice is bury your kid in books. Have books of every kind in every room. Never let them go anywhere with out books coming along. But most important: you must model a love of reading for them.
I am a full-time middle school teacher, so I write whenever I have some free time.
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