Tuesday, April 10, 2012

So Many Challenges: A to Z, 12 x 12, Picture Book Frenzy

My mission here is to inspire those who love picture books and those who write picture books. As part of that mission I am doing the 12 picture books in 12 months challenge for 2012. There are hundreds of successful writers doing this challenge and it is important to learn from and not be distracted by the numbers.

It is an individual challenge really, a time to put my writing into full gear and a time for you to do the same. It is a way to be accountable to others, not jealous or intimidated by others.  A time to go full speed ahead with ideas by using writing skills to get the story on the page.

Here are my stories so far in various stages of development:

January- Pepper Runs Away  ( thinking of reworking the title and it has already been rejected- it is about a blind kitten and addresses disabilities for the young reader but it seems publishers can't get past the kitten character and many say they have enough cat stories.)

February- One Black Bird  ( a counting book in a different way- counting pairs of eyes who don't see a busy bumble bee)

March- Saving Aunt Rose ( this is a story of matching the right animal for the right place on Aunt Rose's mixed up farm. Almost ready to send this one out there)

April- First Aid for First Grade ( both fiction and nonfiction facts woven into a story for first graders on what to do if a friend is injured.)

Stayed tuned for more exciting tips and inspiration on writing picture books for kids.

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