As far as writing a children's picture book, I'm starting to wonder if I'm a dime short, and a dollar too late. Word has it, all over children's literature blogs, that picture books are on the decline. As an employee of the newspaper media, I know newspapers are too. People's reading habits aren't like they used to be.
Less people are reading newspapers; newsrooms are laying off staff all over the country. Less people are reading books. Libraries — public and school — seem to be struggling. I know locally, many libraries are open less hours. One school I visited lately, had no full time librarian at all — teachers alternated.
Now, thing is, I hear that students are entering journalism more than ever before. And SCBWI conferences are getting bigger each year. So, although it appears that less people are reading, more people are wanting to write things for people to read.
Something to ponder.