Celebrating Darcy Pattison’s Random Acts of publicity, I have interviews this week with authors and an illustrator-author. My first is Samantha Bell.
Samantha has illustrated:
Cathy’s Animal Garden: Enter at Your Own Risk (Alma Little)
Cinderfella and the Furry Godmother (Guardian Angel Publishing)
Burgher and the WoeBeGone (GA Publishing)
As I Watch (GA)
Growing Up Dreams (GA)
One Pelican at a Time (GA)
Shaping Up the Year (GA)
Samantha has written & Illustrated:
It’s Birthday Time, Jake! (GA)
working on a story. I think about how they might act or react as I’m drawing the characters, and I consider what they would enjoy looking at in a finished picture book. After I complete a sketch, I ask them to critique it, and they’ll tell me if they think something appears “off” or doesn’t look quite right. I’d like to say they’re my biggest fans, but, truth be told, they’re my best critics! 🙂
couple hours of quiet to get in the “creative mode” and work effectively, but uninterrupted time is often hard to come by. Instead, I have to find an hour here or a half-hour there whenever I can, usually after most of the kids have gone to bed. But when I’m really crunched with a deadline, I send everyone off for the day with my husband; they have a good time with dad, and I get some things accomplished.
e-books, it needs to be something I can do well. Social marketing offers great opportunities; I just tweeted my first tweet on Twitter this month; I’m still learning all the ins and outs of that venue. And while I have a personal Facebook account, I also need to utilize it a lot more too. But I do enjoy teaching, so I’ve created a workshop for kids about how picture books are made, beginning with the author writing the story all the way to the final publication. I’ve presented it both as a library program and homeschooling program, and I’ve been asked to do it at a local school as well. Opportunities like that not only help promote my books, but they allow me to share my passion with the students and hopefully stir their passion, too.
conferences, workshops, online forums — and ask questions! Learn from those who are where you want to be, and find out how they got there.
3. Don’t give up! It may take a lot of submissions and you may meet with a lot of rejections, but keep on trying. My kids and I looked up some quotes about failure when one of them wanted to give up, and here are two of our favorites:”Life’s real failure is when you do not realize how close you were to success when you gave up.” – Anonymous
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