For many of us aspiring authors, publication feels unattainable. The thought of seeing our work in print dangles before our faces, just out of reach. Agonizing torment. For some of us, the dream (or nightmare) has visited (plagued) our nighttime slumbers for decades.
My ultimate dream? To publish. Do I need to top the bestseller charts? Nah. If I could make one child smile and cherish my book, my dream would come true.
I've toyed with painting since my childhood. Oils and watercolors are my art of choice. I've never thought of myself as a painter, but sometimes, I actually produce something worthwhile.
My first complete picture book, Little Acorn's Big Fall was first written in rhyme. After receiving kind rejections (and agonizing silence) for over 18 months, I decided to redraft the story in prose.
In the beginning, I struggled. Little A. was insistent upon rhyming his voice. I begged, pleaded, and agreed, that if he would show a little faith in me as a writer, I promised to be true to his story. So together, he and I reworked the story. We wrote and rewrote until both of us were satisfied that we'd stayed true to authenticity of his tale.
As I typed our prose, something magical happened. I began to visualize the art as the words appeared on the page. Abracadabra. Bibbity-bobbity-boo!
Here's our visualization for page 3:
Oh, if anyone is a grammar person, I've went back and forth with the last sentence on this page. "Only one in ten thousand acorns grows into a tree." I read it as the subject is "one" and the verb is "grows," or should it be "grow," I'm confused!! It looks funny the way it's written now.
If anyone knows of a publisher or agent hunting for author / illustrator combos, please leave me a comment! I have five on my list to research for now. Thank you!!