My children’s stories
I have always wanted to be a writer. It’s such a cliche, but it really is true. I’ve always felt most comfortable with pen and paper (although these days, the tablet has taken over my affections somewhat.) I still use a pen and notebook for when ideas strike me and I am an obsessive list maker-and lists just don’t work for me unless they’re handwritten, must be something about the physical action of writing and remembering, but byway I digress….
I have got a bit of experience of freelance writing, but what I really really want (to quote The Spice Girls) is to publish a book. For this to happen I needed to actually have written something-bit of a sticking point really. I felt the pressure to work ‘conventionally’ and then had little time to write anything. Then my children came along and amongst other things, I realised that I wanted them to see that it is possible to achieve things if you believe in yourself. I also wanted them to have a happy mummy (as much as realistically possible) and I just thought, you have to go for this.
So, to be one even more of cliche, I started writing children’s picture book stories. I have three in a series and one stand alone story at the moment. I also have the beginnings of an idea for a story for 8+ readers.
The exciting news for me is that a potential publisher is interested! The Illustration Machine are supporting local authors and illustrators and have expressed interest in publishing one of my stories!
At the moment, I’m exited, but also nervous. It feels scary handing over my precious words to someone else. Having read other people’s experiences of self publishing, I have thought about exploring this route if things don’t work out. Of course, I dream of being the next Julia Donaldson but this is unlikely I know. Neither am I naive enough to expect to earn stack loads of cash, it really is more of a narcissistic desire to see my name in print that pushes me on!
Wish me luck, and if anyone has a any useful ideas or experiences I would love to hear them. Thanks for reading.