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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 . . .

7 responses

  1. Katie Marsh

    I love the design and complementary colors. You go girl!

    February 11, 2012 at 5:26 pm

  2. dj

    You are getting there, keep moving forward, you are amazing!!!

    February 11, 2012 at 7:43 pm

    • YOU are amazing. I will keep moving forward. Hope you do too. Here’s hoping you are hired again for next year (if that’s what you want). The children in your classroom are blessed. Keep that upper lip stiff and a twinkle in your eye! By the way, Eldon, the bringer of bread to the Katzs passed away at the grand old age of 91 last Friday. He was truly a GREAT home teacher and loving human being. Thought maybe you might have known him. Love you!

      April 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

    • YOU are amazing. I will keep moving forward. Hope you do too. Here’s hoping you are hired again for next year (if that’s what you want). The children in your classroom are blessed. Keep that upper lip stiff and a twinkle in your eye! By the way, Eldon, the bringer of bread to the Katzs passed away at the grand old age of 91 last Friday. He was truly a GREAT home teacher and loving human being. Thought maybe you might have known him. Love you!

      April 12, 2012 at 7:22 pm

  3. Reneta Adamson

    Awesome. You go girl. I’ve been looking into publishing too. I’m thinking about purchasing 10 ISBN numbers and publishing my own. I’ve got four books ready to go. Just need to finish up six others. Its cheaper to purchase ISBNs in lots of ten. Its almost necessary to have the books ready when the ISBN is purchased. Good luck with finding publishers. I’ve been turned down by several church publishers. I’ve tried them because my books tend to be religious. So now I’m aiming at self publishing. Let me know how things go for you.

    February 11, 2012 at 8:45 pm

    • Dear Reneta, I haven’t heard back from any of the three publishers I sent my book idea off to. I’m not worrying about it because I know it’s just a toe in the water, a first attempt. Rather, I sent my book idea off like the wicked witch of the west sent her flying monkeys: Fly my pretties, Fly! And then have been focusing on writing more stories. I will need to be at least three deep when I appeal to agents to rep me. I will let you know if there are any responses. Good luck with your self-publishing pursuits. And my heart still goes out to you regarding the destruction of your home. May you have good days. Dilleen

      April 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

  4. Roxane

    Love it! Congratulations on getting it this step!

    February 12, 2012 at 5:30 am

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