AFTER THE CONFERENCE – WHY?
After September’s “It’s Your Business” conference, you might have gone home feeling you knew a whole lot more about the Children’s Book Biz than you did before. You met professionals who live to create, support, and get quality books out to young people. You were excited about positive feedback. Negative remarks disappointed. You heard things you didn’t expect and confusion slipped in. Are you any good? Does the project really work? Should you focus on marketing, editing, your social media, how to make money in the Children’s Book World off of beginning writers?
Or maybe you should just call it quits - - - at least for a little while.
Stop Breathe Consider
Why are you illustrating and/or writing for children?
Remember when you were young. Remember a favorite book. A book that was like a best friend; protecting you during hard times; celebrating moments of joy; taking you places you couldn’t get to otherwise; showing you worlds you never even knew existed.
Think about librarian and teacher heroes who found these books, just for you, and put them in your hands.
Think about children who told you how happy or sad or frightened or beautiful or wondrous a book made them feel.
And imagine the person who creates the words or creates the images that make a children’s book ‘become’ in the first place.
AND THAT IS WHY.
You want to be the person who makes a book for children ‘become’ in the first place. Focus on the children in your audience. Work on your craft. Leave all other concerns behind.
Kindest wishes for a peaceful winter solstice,
North Texas Critique Group Coordinator