Okay. I finally decided to take the plunge. I’ve been sitting on the sidelines for however many years this picture book challenge has been going on, wishing I had what it takes to do it. This year I decided I might as well TRY. So I’m officially signed up with Tara Lazer’s Picture Book Idea Month, where I’m supposed to come up with 30 picture book ideas during the month of November.
When I told an author friend who’s done NaNoWrMo about this challenge, she said, “Just come up with the ideas? That would be such a breeze.” But then, you see, she’s an idea person and I’m not. In the normal course of things, I’m lucky to come up with one picture book idea in a month. Thirty seems overwhelming to me.
But I’ve decided to take it just one day at a time.
The first night I dreamed about countless picture book ideas. Unfortunately, the only thing I remembered when I woke up in the morning–other than that I’d thought they were such good ideas at the time– was the part of the dream where I was saying to myself, “I’d better write all these ideas down right now, so I remember them in the morning.” 😦
Oh well. I’ve obviously got some picture book ideas somewhere in my brain. Maybe I’ll figure out during this PiBoIdMo how to retrieve them from my dream-locked idea box.
If you want to participate in the challenge Tara’s blog is: taralazar.com
I’m excited to be participating in Nancy Sanders’ Picture Book Celebration this summer! A group of us are going to be reading lots of picture books, blogging about them, and hopefully writing some. And Nancy (who’s a wonderful author) will be giving us tips along the way. If you’d like to join us, here’s the link to Nancy’s — blog post .
A week from tomorrow I’ll be in Bowling Green, KY for the Southern Kentucky Book Fest (http://www.sokybookfest.org ). It’ll be Friday and Saturday, April 20-21. If you’re in the area, I hope you’ll come to the Book Fest. Please stop by my table and say “hello”, if you do. I’d love to meet you or renew our acquaintance.
If you want to take a quick look at some of the educational puzzle books I’ll be sharing at the festival, here’s a link– http://evelynchristensen.com/books.html .
Robert Lee Brewer is hosting a month-long challenge to help folks (lots of them writers) build their platforms. I’m trying out the challenges. Don’t know if I’ll do everything he suggests, but he’s being very helpful. If you’re feeling in need of some platform building assistance, you might want to check out his blog.
Best wishes to you!
I just started a new adventure–I’ve launched an ezine! Writing for Children’s Magazines is for authors who do exactly that. Hopefully it’ll be a great resource. In addition to an article each month and an overview of a recent issue of a magazine, the site includes links to children’s magazines and to their submission guidelines if they’re available online.
Please check it out and let me know what you think.
Thanks for stopping by. This is where someday I might blog. In the meantime it’s just a friendly place where I can invite you to visit my website http://evelynchristensen.com.
Have a happy day!