December 5, 2008

Whoo Hoo!

Guardian Angel Publishing has accepted a picture book I’ve written called Papa’s Suns. It’s about a boy who’s grandfather had a stroke and how he copes with it. I’m glad that this story found a home. Because of the subject matter, I thought that I would have a tough time placing this story. There’s not a tremendous market for stroke-related stories. But I attended the Muse Conference Online where Guardian Angel had a forum and I saw that they wanted to expand their Health and Hygiene imprint. Guardian Angel has published my other picture books, so I sent it to them.

This story wound up needing more revision than I originally thought. The main change I made to the story was changing it from first person to third person point of view. I also needed to add some more senses (sounds, touch, etc) to try to draw kids into the story.

But it was well worth the effort. I received a contract, and dropped it in the mail yesterday. I have to say that 2008 has been a very good year for my writing. So far, this makes five picture books that I have under contract. I can’t wait until they are finally released. I feel like holding my books in my hands.

I’ve been spending a lot of my time dealing with the promotional aspects of the writing business and I think that my knowledge has grown exponentially. But I feel my muse calling me again. I think it’s time to get back to basics. I need to start working on some new material.

4 comments:

Dianne Sagan said...

It is awesome to sign a book contract and take it to the post office. I just did that this week myself. Congratulations on your picture book getting published.

educationtipster by author Kathy Stemke said...

Good for you, Kevin. I think that many children go through these health issues with their grandparents. Your book will help them understand more and cope better with an unfortunate situation.

Holly Jahangiri said...

Congratulations, Kevin! As a mom, it sounds like just the right sort of book. It's a niche market, maybe, but an important one. Think hospitals and doctor's offices, too. Lots of time spent there with little to do - and books can help.

Susie Sawyer said...

Yay, Kevin!! What a thrill it is to watch you and your writing grow and become recognized. I'm so happy for you. Keep up the amazing work!

Susie Sawyer :D