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Archive for February, 2012

Getting a book proposal ready to send off to the publishing world.

The war against fear and lethargy continues! Spent the week putting final touches on a book proposal to send out into the publishing world. The title of the book is “Nightmare Roundup”. I’ve written the story and created small size preliminary color drawings to go along with the story. These drawings are just “roughs” to show what a finished piece of art could look like. They also show the action of the story since this is going to be a picture book. Synopsis: There’s only one tough little girl that stands between us and our nightmares. It’s one of her chores. But it’s not just scary monsters she has to face-she has to face her Ma! Then there were some hours spent on the internet looking up publishers and their submission guidelines. I started with 13 publishers I listed from Caldecott winning children’s books that I have in my home library. Only 5 of them might even look at a book proposal that hasn’t come through an agent. Those 5 will only let you know if they have received your submission if they are interested in your book. And that could take months. So, when I send my stuff off into the publishing netherworld I will let it “fly my pretty” and start the next book idea right away. I will need at least 3 fleshed out story proposals to approach an agent with. Patience, patience, patience . . .



HOWDY WORLD! In June of 2011 I was diagnosed with cancer. The BIG “C”! The death sentences for the possible kinds of cancer I had ranged from 5 years to 18 months. I mentally started cutting my “bucket list” shorter. After 6 months, 6 doctors, 9 tests and procedures I was told that “there was not one abnormal cell in my body”. REBIRTH! Which is also a definition for RENAISSANCE. A Renaissance Woman is one skilled and knowledgeable in many fields. My art life embraces many fields. The acronym for Woman Artist Renaissance is WAR. I say WAR with a bit of a chuckle because I’m not a flaming activist when it comes to some of the issues that beset the art world: women artists getting their due in a man’s world, realism versus esoteric art, illustration versus “fine” art, etc. My Woman Artist Renaissance WAR will be waged against my own lethargy, apathy, and retirement. My military strategy is to thwart being too busy, too shy, too tired to engage and share with others my art life. In the blogging process I may be of assistance to some and be assisted in return. I am a designer, illustrator, painter, think tank, story teller, and mentor artist. YEE HAA!