Today I submitted my first children’s book to a publishers and I can’t tell you how much that, in itself, is an achievement for me. I’ve been procrastinating for years, thinking my work was not quite there or too overwhelmed to start drafting my stories up. I’ve spent hours developing characters, thinking up compositions and adding in funnier lines of prose to the point where I thought I had to put my foot down and just send it off!
Don’t get me wrong, I am under no illusion as to how hard it is to get work published. Most publishers require you to submit your work through an agent and most agents want you to submit work to them that’s already been published. Catch 22. It’s understandable after the thousands of books that get submitted, after all, everyone wants to say they’ve written a children’s book, right?!
As for me, I feel like I have already made a massive achievement and it has spurred me on to carry on writing and illustrating - just because I love it! If no one discovers my stories then I shall read them to my son (complete with silly voices!) and be happy because I am doing what I feel I was created to do… it just means I’m a little bit more short of time to do so! I shall keep submitting my work and see where I go with it because I wouldn’t be true to myself if I didn’t.
I shall keep you posted!