Well today was the polar opposite of our fun and exciting weekend. Everyone was completely exhausted, and my mom and I had so many plans for today that just didn't work out due to a lack of motivation. On the up side though, I did get air in my tires this morning, which I've been putting off for two weeks.
At some point over the last few years, I believe during my sophomore year of college, I wrote a children's picture book that I was extremely happy with upon completion. I had put it aside after finishing it and it just sat in a file in my computer for quite a long time. I've re-opened it once in a while and read through it; I would consider changing things, but always left the story exactly as I already had it. I felt like it was perfect as is, and I never wanted to take anything out or add anything else into it. But what was I going to do with it? You can only re-read a story so many times before making yourself crazy, and while I know that editing and revising are a huge part of writing, I felt like I was done with this stage.
A few months ago, I decided that I wanted to look into self-publishing. I figured that while I was working on my Young Adult novel, I could at least get my name out there by putting out a children's book or two. I thought that this book that I had left alone for so long would be the perfect book to start with. My only problem? I didn't have any illustrations. You can't publish a children's picture book without any pictures!
My first thought was to go online and try to find a college art student who would be wiling to draw the illustrations for me. I thought that we could split all of the profits and everything would be all sunshine and rainbows. Unfortunately, I have since found out that splitting profits with an illustrator is not how you do business in the self-publishing world. So I had to come up with a new plan... I talked to my brother and sister about illustrating for me because they're both pretty good at drawing and I figured they would both bring something great to the table. Unfortunately, my brother wanted $100 and didn't understand that 12-year-olds are not paid that much money for illustrating! He laughs about it now and claims that he didn't ask for that money, but I just dropped the subject with him after a while.
Today, I decided to try my hand at illustrating my own book. I've always thought that I can't draw, but I started developing my drawing skills in high school and am actually much better than I once thought. A month or two ago, I drew all of these pictures for a sign language alphabet flash card set that I created, and they came out beautifully. So if I could do those 26 pictures, then I figured I could probably do illustrations for my book as well. I sat down at my desk with a pencil and paper, and I got to work.
By the time I had to get out of my bedroom so my sister could go to sleep, I had already finished two complete illustrations (which would cover four pages in the book). I actually feel like I can do this and I'll be able to self-publish this book while I'm working on my YA novel. It would be amazing to be able to get my name out there as an author, even on a small scale. I really hope that this turns out well!
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