Rascally foxy scribbles have been a bit of an obsession of mine lately…
While I have been whittling away at my picture book in my spare time, creating eye-popping cats, crazy dogs and rascally foxy scribbles. Having spent years illustrating other people’s stories, and so thought it high time I write and illustrate my own. Even though I have over sixteen years of hard labour behind me illustrating all manner of children’s and adult books, it has still been quite a steep learning curve. For instance I’ve learned as a first time and therefore unknown writer there are a few do’s and don’ts to consider. Firstly, do not attempt to write a rhyming story. Only well established writers that will garauntee sales can get away with that. As a humble nobody you must write prose, because it’s easier to translate into other languages and therefore easier to sell on a world wide scale. Secondly, only stick to a standardised number of pages. Too few or too many just won’t cut it with a literary agent or publisher. Finally, any covering letter you write needs to be short, say a bit about you (but not an autobiography), the audience your book is aimed at and just have a twist of interest and a dash of magic about it. If not your average agent will understandably simply yawn, sip their coffee and move on to the next letter in the burgeoning pile of hopefuls!
My book has already mutated enough times for it to be possibly embarrassing and is still continuing to change. It’s not a straight forward process and takes determination and a soupçon of patience! I was once told by an experience editor that “often the successful writers are the one’s that doggedly stick at it and work hard. Hard work and a skin like an elephant hide will get you published.” Well all I can say is, “where’s the suntan lotion?”
Anyway, I thought I would share with the Internet some of my foxy scribbles and friends. Hope you like them?