I had been an avid reader of magazines before that, as a child and a teenager. I always secretly wanted to make my own and it is when I became a Mum ten years later that the dream became a reality.
Where do you write from? When I wrote the manuscript I lived in Los Angeles. So, I write wherever I am. Just starting out as a writer? See a collection of great writing advice for beginners. Briefly, what led up to this book? Later, at Nickelodeon, I worked on promos and series launches for their animated shows.
What was the time frame for writing this book? I first had the idea of a book about books-inside-of-books when I was five years old. My grandma mocked up a book for me, and I started writing and drawing. About 4 pages in, I got distracted and quit, and totally forgot about the project.
The idea of books within books stuck with me though, and I wrote the first draft of Open This Little Book 20 years later. How did you find your agent and who is your agent?
I did, and then submitted it to him. When Victoria expressed interest, I got back in touch with Steve and he signed me on. What were your biggest learning experience s or surprise s throughout the publishing process?
I had no concept of the amount of time it took from acquisition to publication for a picture book. I sold the manuscript at the end of and it came out in January But it makes sense.
The timing has to be right for the publisher, author, illustrator, and the market. As a debut author, being paired with a powerhouse like Suzy Lee, and working with Chronicle has been an absolute dream come true.
Looking back, what did you do right that helped you break in? Then, I was able to target the publisher I thought was the best fit for the book. Is it best to query all your target agents at once?
On that note, what would you have done differently if you could do it again? This held up my writing for a long time, and I still struggle with it from time to time. To know that in the next draft, I may change the main character, the POV, the tense, or go off and explore a completely new plot thread is absolutely freeing.
Did you have a platform in place? On this topic, what are you doing the build a platform and gain readership? If my book appears in a blog post, I make sure to comment and shout out the blog on FB and Twitter. I also tag any other people that were mentioned in the post.Writing a picture book is easy.
Writing a good picture book is hard. Yes, they are short — the majority of picture books published today have fewer than 1, words.
But picture books are an art. Writing a picture book is easy. Writing a good picture book is hard.
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