Sally Lloyd- Jones - Never judge a story in the middle

September 2015 - Cover Story
by Lori Hatcher

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September 2015 - Cover Story

Sally Lloyd-Jones is a Brit who was born in Uganda, Africa, raised in a boarding school in England, and makes her home in New York City. She’s written more than two dozen children’s books, including The Jesus Storybook Bible, a runaway bestseller that’s sold more than 1.5 million copies since its release in 2007, and its companion version for all ages, The Story of God’s Love for You.

Sally’s been grown up for quite some time, yet she’s never lost her childlike nature and sense of wonder. Anything but childish, Sally was brave enough to jump the pond in 1989 and settle in Manhattan, “where every day is an adventure.” She worked for years as an editor polishing other people’s writing. “It was the second best thing to what I really wanted to do, but didn’t think I was good enough,” she says. What she really wanted to do was to write children’s stories.

An unexpected layoff in 2000 left her with bills but no income. For a while she pieced together a living by taking freelance editing jobs. Then those dried up, too.

The only thing succeeding, it seemed, were her picture book manuscripts. She wondered, can I make a living writing children’s picture books? She had savings set aside, but was it enough to carry her through until she had established herself? And was it wise to waste it?

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