In the past eight days I have lost 2.4 pounds, found the top of my desk and made a LOT of progress on my children's book. I also made all four of the Mousekin birthday cards that I hope to be selling on MousekinMarket.com by September, so all four of my goals were met.
|One of the 4 new cards|
Here are the steps to take:
- Set small, achievable goals for each day
- Write goals down
- Post where you will see it multiple times each day
- Check off each goal each day as you complete it
- If possible, have a friend or family member share the news
The hour (or more) I spent each day at my desk in my studio was very productive. I did reading about writing children's picture books. I read several children's picture books. I made some major revisions on my text and have revised my thumbnails for the book three times.
- Decide what question your book answers.
- Check to see that it is answered in what you have written.
- Focus on that one small question.
- Consider two levels: The child and the adult who is reading.
- Keep reading new books, as tastes, formats and interests of both readers and publishers change over time.
|Baby Raccoon and Mousekin|
I have accepted that several pieces of my original text will not appear in this book, but I comfort myself with the knowledge that they may reappear in another story in the future. I have definitely graduated to letting go, which makes revisions far easier and less painful. I've even accepted that the title will probably change and that the cool back-matter pages will have to become part of a website to support the book and its readers in the future.
For me, this was BIG progress in a short period. I now feel that I will really get back to work on the book. Now it's time to set the next set of goals and see how far I can go in the month of August toward meeting big goals like:
- Print, package and market a set of Mousekin Birthday Cards by the end of September.
- Acquire a table at the Hollyberry Fair in November to sell Mousekin cards, puzzles and prints.
- Search for an agent and/or identify publishing companies that are currently accepting proposals from unrepresented author/illustrators.