Well, just last week, while discussing a manuscript with someone, I was asked. "Why do you want to write Picture Books and be published?"
Of course, many of us could answer with "I have stories that need to be told", "I want to make kids happy", "I wanna make people laugh", etc But have you ever TRULY thought about why being published means something to you?
Let's face it, even if we wanted it to, this is not about becoming rich and famous. :)
It got me thinking. What is it about life after first publication that excites me?
Before I even knew what kind of books I wanted to write, I have had the fantasy of opening "the box" and seeing several copies of a book with my name on it. I have also had a recurring fantasy about having a book launch and signing at Books of Wonder here in NYC. But both of those are just moments and don't quite answer the question.
What is it about the life of the author that I want to lead?
Here are just a few of my "author fantasies":
- School and Library visits
- As a former teacher I would LOVE to be able to go back into the classroom as the Guest Speaker and spend time with the kids.
- Special Events
- I am a people person, so manning a table full of my books to sell and be signed sounds divine! Princeton Book Festival here I come...some day...
- Workshop Presenter at conferences.
- Writing Instructor
- Again, I miss my teaching days and would LOVE to be able to teach writing at Gotham Writers Workshop or the equivalent. In fact, Gotham does not have a class that is solely Picture Book. They lump all Children's Writing (PB, MG, YA) into one class. But I would love to change that once I am published.