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Check Out Kevin O’Malley’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kevin O’Malley.

Hi Kevin, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today.
I wanted to do a children’s book in about the fourth grade. I studied it, read about it, and created book ideas. I sent my first idea to a publisher in high school. They didn’t bite, so I kept making submissions. I have submitted hundreds and hundreds of times to dozens and dozens of publishers over 40 years.

We all face challenges, but would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Being self-employed is nerve-racking. I don’t believe a day has gone by when I am unaware of the need to find new work, To come up with a new idea, to put money in the bank.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am a writer and illustrator of children’s books; I dreamed of doing this work, and I am quite proud I have achieved the goal.

Where we are in life is often partly because of others. Who/what else deserves credit for how your story turned out?
I have dozens. Here are a few:

  • My wife
  • My agent
  • Every editor who worked with me on our project
  • The publishers that purchased my books
  • The booksellers who love what I do
  • The librarians who love kids’ books even more than me

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1 Comment

  1. Kathleen Busching

    September 17, 2022 at 6:54 pm

    I watched the video on your website. It was wonderful to see how engaged the children were and how much they enjoyed your visit. Thanks for what you have brought and continue to bring to children.

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