I do not have the book in front of me at this minute, so I cannot properly attribute the writer of an article I found in the 2011 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market by Alice Pope.
Although I have a published book, it has been 11 years since it was accepted and 9 years since it came out in print. I wanted to read the articles in this Writer's Market so I could find out about the current needs of editors and agents. The articles were indeed enlightening.
One article concluded that it is hard work to get a story in order for submission, it is hard to get published, and you probably won't be able to quit your day job. I thought, "Well, that's encouraging." (Read that with some sarcasm.) The oddest thing about the article was that it was trying to make all those difficulties sound like a good thing, a happy thing.
I still plan to do some writing and submitting. I did already know about those issues and have managed to get a foot in the door anyway. So here's to finding gold in the rest of the book.