Yesterday I was inspired to compose the first draft of the text for a children’s picture book. The story is about a young child who discovers a very personal consequence of drought when a favorite tree in the yard dies. It ends on a positive note with hope for the future. The illustrations will be collage and watercolor. Can’t wait to get started!
I found a great site to guide me in my quest for published authorship: publishedtodeath.blogspot.com. There are a multitude of resources linked to this page. So here I am, working on my strategy with a new website to build my platform and the beginnings of a plot summary for my book.
I also began to research my market. The books I found that most closely resemble my idea include Fall Walk (2013), Leaf Man (2005), The Little Yellow Leaf (2008), Fall Leaves (2014), and Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf (1991). I will continue my search, but so far have not seen anything quite like what I have in mind. I would say that my book would appeal to educated parents who are concerned about the environment and want to educate their children to be global citizens.
Of course, I realize that I have a lot of work to do. The illustrations (one for every two pages of a thirty – two page book) will not simply materialize before me. But planning is always a good idea.