|Nancy (me) with some of my art work|
A lot of people seem to like the work. One woman told me that when she is ready to publish a story she is working on, she would like me to illustrate it. Very gratifying!! She is considering starting her own small publishing company, so we'll see what comes of that!!
The intensive session I attended this afternoon was very informative. Peggy Thomas and Mary Kay Carson, both published authors, spoke about the publishing process. They both are well published by a variety of companies. We learned a lot about the dos and don'ts of writing query letters, submitting proposals, relating to editors and illustrators, and dealing with contracts. In one exercise they had us fill in the following blanks about our current projects:
My non-fiction idea is....
|Mary Kay Carson|
My target age group is...
Does it have kid-appeal? (What/how?)
Does it present new information?
Is it a new slant on an old topic?
Does it fill a niche? That is, does it fill a need that is not already addressed by other books?
What research is needed?
Does it fit into a curriculum?
Can I deliver this book as a finished product?
Among many other useful pieces of information, they reminded us not to take rejection personally. Publishing is a business and we need to not think of rejection as a personal attack.
One major message they both agreed on was TARGET! TARGET! TARGET. Before you even THINK of submitting a book, check the competition. See what other books are published by the same folks, and only submit to companies that say they are interested in that kind of product.
|Lionel Bender (right) co-chair and designer of the conference with Jon Sprout, singer/songwriter.|
Lots more happened, but I'm too sleepy to go on here and now. More tomorrow from a delightful and very informative conference.