I received an email because I want to be a part of a Children's Illustrator Blog Ring. The thing is that I haven't included much here regarding that topic so I thought make mention of it today. First of all, I have always been told that my work would fit in that market because of the "style" I have. It's hard to describe "style" because it changes, but basically my work is colorful and the shapes are simplified.
I am the type of person who studies every aspect of a topic before jumping into it, so I read every book I could find about illustrating for children. Once I did my homework, my next step was to work on my own story. It took me over a year to write and illustrate it.
My sister is a first grade teacher and her input was valuable, so was the input I got from her class when I came to visit and read the story to them. After I fine tuned the story, I went to the library and pulled all the children's books that had the same kind of characters and story. I wrote down the names of the publishers and made an attempt to send my work but you know how that goes!
So it's been a while and I come back to the work from time to time. I have a drawer full of drawings, pages and pages of research and copies of letters I sent with a query. Will it ever get published? I wonder.
If anyone out there is reading this and came here through the blog ring, please stay tuned because I will dig out the digital files so I can post what I'm talking about.