Big bucks from little readers

Published: Aug 9, 2016 06:49:47 AM IST
Updated: Aug 5, 2016 03:18:44 PM IST

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Getting children to rouse themselves from their screen-induced summer torpor is no small feat—unless you’re one of the leading authors for under-12s, the top five of whom pulled in $73.6 million in the past year. The secret? Don’t insult the moppets’ still-developing intelligence. “I wrote the first Diary of a Wimpy Kid for adults,” says list-topper Jeff Kinney. “The whole time I thought I was writing comics for grown-ups, and then my publisher told me I had actually written a children’s series. If you don’t write down to kids, you have a better chance of reaching them.”

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