If you like kids and you like writing and you like science, have you ever considered combining them all together?
I’m talking specifically about writing science books for kids. It’s a great way to combine these things all together, and have fun introducing kids to cool science topics. After all, they are the next generation of scientists. Even better, you may be able to make a bit of money off it as a side hustle!
My Aunt Lisa introduced me to Ginger Wallis a little while ago. Ginger is a science schoolteacher by day, and writes children’s science books by night. Her latest book, Finch Discoveries, discusses the tale of Rosemary and Peter Grant, two scientists who studied island finch evolution. It’s a really fun book, and proves in interesting concept about how you can earn a small income as a children’s book writer.
I had to find out more, so I present to you an interview I did with Ginger. Enjoy!
- 1 How long have you been teaching? And how did you get into writing children‘s books?
- 2 How does your teaching experience inform your writing? As someone who doesn’t interact a lot with children, I imagine it takes a lot of skill in knowing what is age-appropriate vocabulary, for example.
- 3 How does the book publishing process work from an author’s perspective? Do you need to find a literary agent or publisher and write the book beforehand, for example? How do you find these people?
- 4 Science is often students’ least-favorite subject. How do you make it interesting for them, especially in a written format?
- 5 How much can you expect to be paid for each book? Do you think this is a viable way to earn extra income for science educators?
- 6 What advice would you have for people who want to give this a shot? Where can they go to learn more?