If you're new to children's writing and someone asks, "What do you write?" You probably say, "Picture books."
I hate to wake you to reality, but do you know how difficult it is to write a picture book and then try to sell it in today's economy?
What other writing for children have you done? You ask, "Other writing?" Yes. Besides picture books there's
magazinesI guess I should stop here.
early chapter books
young adult books
commercially licensed, character books
nonfiction books (in picture book, beginning reader, chapter book, etc. formats)
books for the school and library market (usually written and sold in sets)
interactive/video game story lines
activity and puzzle books
joke and riddle books
promotional materials for children groups and organizations
pamphlets such as those you pick up at the doctor's office that teach kids about healthy eating
There's so much more to explore in the field of writing for children. You may have to work in multiple genres before you can even get your big toe in the door.
Don't pin all your hopes on selling a picture book. Get busy writing, get some credits, and then, one day when you least expect it, the economic crisis will pass and there will be brighter days ahead for children's picture book writers.