These past few weeks have been a bit of a whirlwind. SOAR has been released, my first author event has been completed, and so far, SOAR has received extremely positive feedback, so much so that I was able to get some time lined up on the Picturebooking Podcast with Nick Patton! It is overwhelming and wonderful all at the same time.
So, with all of this positivity to bolster my confidence, I am again going to throw my hat into the ring for another book contract with Schiffer Publishing. It is a daunting task and one that can definitely end with a “not interested” at the end, but this time around at least I know what to expect. Originally this book was supposed to be submitted earlier this year, but as we all know “2020 Happened!” So, timing got pushed back, but Angie and I are back on track.
Our personal deadline is October 15 for our final submission materials to be shipped to Schiffer for consideration. This is around the same time we submitted SOAR together two years ago, so maybe getting pushed back is a good omen! The manuscript is written, and it’s a story that I hold near and dear to my heart. Angie’s rendering is beautiful and captures the main characters perfectly. She is using a different medium this time around which is exciting.
As I embark on this journey once again, the nerves and jitters are just as powerful as the first time around. My hopes are higher though because I have more confidence in my ability as a writer and in the final submission Angie and I are creating together. Just like Ramone’s journey in SOAR, we have taken our time to work through our jitters and nerves to create what I hope will be our next published children’s picture book. Time will tell…..