Used to be, everyone wanted to write picture books. Tried that, didn't go well. Lately a lot of people want to be the next JK Rowling. But a few years back, I heard there was an open spot in the market for anyone who could write chapter books for younger readers.
So I tried. I thought I had a pretty cute story, so I took it to WIFYR (Dean Hughes was our workshop instructor that year.) And honestly, I would have had a better reception if I'd taken a ball of stinky cheese. Not good, seriously.
But this year, I'm going to try again. I'm going to assist Mike Knudson at WIFYR. Last year I attended his class on writing for boys. That story I wrote was about some mischievous boys. I've had two of my own, and with a couple new ideas, plus the opportunity to spend five mornings workshopping with a talented author, maybe this year will go better.
And no, I won't title my manuscript as Stinky Cheese. That's already been taken.