Wednesday, February 11, 2009

New Project

My family and I just returned from a great mid-winter trip to Florida. Although it was pretty chilly for much of the trip, the sun felt great.

Just before we left, my two young daughters and I were sick with bad colds. After dinner one evening, when they started feeling better but I was still in rough shape, they begged me to play with them. I didn't have the energy for play or for even reading to them, so we cuddled on the couch, I closed my eyes, and told them a story.

The story that came out surprised me. I had no idea where it was going and was too sick to care, so I just let it flow. After I finally put the girls to bed that night, I sat down at my computer and wrote down the story. Even after re-reading the story several days later, I still really liked it. And even though I know every mother on the planet thinks they can write a children's book, I'm still going to see if I can get it published. What have I got to lose?

Right now, I'm re-working the story...a lot. It's very far from perfect and it has actually changed a lot from its original form. Then I'm going to see if I can get an agent. According to the children's book authors I've spoken with, usually you have to try to sell the book to a publisher first before a children's book agent will be interested, which is totally backwards from the adult market. Even though this is the conventional method, my plan is to contact a few agents I know first, and if that fails, I'll go the regular route.

I'll keep you posted.


Bonnie said...

I'm glad that you had fun in FL. That's so cool about the new book! I can't wait to read it. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

Patrick said...

Oh, neat - a lot of great stories have come about this way.

There's the one that Alice Liddell begged Rev. Dodgson to write down, about a little girl who fell down a rabbit hole.

There's Lyman F. Baum's story about a magical land; when his daughter asked what it was named, he looked around the room for inspiration and saw a filing cabinet with two drawers, labeled A-N and O-Z.

Richard Adams's daughters insisted he write down a tale about rabbits he told to pass the time during a long car journey. Watership Down would be rejected by thirteen publishers before going on to worldwide acclaim.

You're following a great path, Steph - enjoy the journey.

Stephanie Doyon said...

Thanks, Bon! So good to hear from you.

Pat--I can't say this story is destined to become a classic, but I do like it enough to explore the possibilities. I have absolutely no expectations at all, which will make this project all the more fun.