It’s been another busy week in the Bubble household and I haven’t had much time to write, but in all the little gaps available I’ve been… ummm… very productively ripping apart my second picture book. And putting it back together again. And then deciding it was better to begin with! Argh! Luckily a wise friend stepped in and told me it that regardless of whether I felt I’d written the ‘final draft’ all the elements were there – engaging story, appealing characters, interesting rhymes, lovely imagery – and I should just leave it alone for a while. So I’m going to do that. I have a hunch if I return to it with fresh eyes (and perhaps some wise counsel from elsewhere) I’ll be able to knock it into shape quite fast. Fingers crossed.
So I’ve now started work on book number three! I’m already quite excited about this one. Of the three of them it has the most potential for comedy and I love a chuckle while reading to my kids. I know what the overall story is, and bits of description and dialogue keep leaping into my head at random times so that’s keeping me busy too.
Meanwhile I’ve shown my first picture book to more friends (all with kids so they are very much immersed in the world of picture books at the moment) and received a resounding thumbs up. I have to say I have a particular passion for this book. It kind of ‘has my heart’ if that makes sense? So the mere idea of seeing it illustrated and published and out there is just so exciting I can’t really think too hard about it!
But I’m just at the start of a long journey with it – and indeed all my books – and I know that along the way I’ve got to accept all manner of rejections. Just because some friends of mine love what I’ve written doesn’t mean that others will. And even if others do, there’s still a big leap from someone liking it, to liking it enough to find an illustrator for it and actually publishing it.
These doubts have been nibbling at my toes this last week and stopping me from taking the next step. After all, if I don’t submit my work anywhere then it cant get rejected can it? How clever of me to protect myself in such a way. Or not.
So, no more! I’ve been on Agent Hunter (a really helpful website that I got a free subscription to – a blog post about it, is to follow) and have scoured through the profiles of masses of agents. I’m putting together a shortlist and have found someone in particular I really want to show my work to. So this week I’m going to do it: I am going to submit my first picture book manuscript.