Many have asked about my process and how I get my digital paintings in photoshop to look traditional. First, I learned all I know from the man, Will Terry. (and Adam Munoa gave me a quick lesson one day one on one - Thanks Adam) And my first recommendation is to learn from him through his new digital painting videos at www.folioacademy.com.
I attended WIFYR (Writers and Illustrators for Young Readers) this past summer and was able to learn from Trudy Harris many wonderful things about writing children's books. I received a copy of another author's story formatted the proper way to send publishers. I followed it's format, and thought I'd share mine with you.
I hereby officially give myself permission to NOT clean my room until this book is done! If any cleaning gets done, I attribute it to the necessity of not going completely insane. I am allowed to sit down and work without feeling guilty. I am allowed to leave my door open when I leave and not worry about what my roommates are thinking. I am allowed to be surrounded by clothes and makeup and sketchbooks and shoes, coats, dishes, a bed unmade, and continue to work work work on this book until the work is finished! I may still clean... but if not... it. is. o. kay.
First, no, I'm not an intern. I was generously invited to attend the Provo Library to meet with the publisher of my upcoming book, You Should! You Should!, Christopher Robbins (in person for my very first time!) from "Familius" and his team, as they held an internship kick-off with students and graduates interning as editors, designers, and film-makers. There were about 16 of us all together. I learned a lot, and am super grateful for the invite. Christopher Robbins is awesome, and so is his team!
I know, I haven't shown you any artwork for "You Should, You Should" for a little while. I talked earlier about switching to digital and then not being able to go digital and well... now it's back on. Long story, and I don't really want share it here. Just know I'm VERY happy it's back on.
Time to write what goes on the back of the book! You know... that helpful tiny paragraph you flip the book over to read real quick before you crack open the pages? The summary that tells you basically what to expect? And in this case... being a picture book... it needs to be even shorter. So here's what I have:
Hippo's morning starts off good,
until friends say, “You should! You should!”
You should prance! You should sing!
Wear this hat! Stretch your wing!
Though Hippo wants to be a friend,
he wonders when the “shoulds” will end.
Hippo and friends will soon find out
that being yourself is what life's about.
Yup. That's what I have. I thought I'd make the back rhyme too, just to give readers a quick taste of what's inside. :)
Christopher Robbins, (my publisher at www.Familius.com) is asking us to write up all the marketing material now. So I'm trying to write the "Sales Hook" and wondered if you could give me any feedback. It's hard!! (Newcomers may read the original story here.)
Here is what he gave me as an example:
Sales Hook:<short one sentence elevator pitch. Example: A former high-school principal provides successful strategies to motivate kids to succeed in school.
Here's what I have:
Hippo isn't sure how to be himself when friends say, “You should walk like me! Sing like me! Dance like me! You should! You should!”
I wanted to leave a little bit of an open end... room for "I wonder what happens" even though you know a children's book always gets resolved. Anyway. What do you think???
Here are variations bouncing around my head:
Hippo questions how to be...
Hippo wonders how to be...
Hippo wishes to be himself but pestering friends say...
Hippo wishes to do things his way and be himself but pestering friends say...