Monday, October 29, 2007

A little pastel piece

Hi ladies,

Thought I'd show you one of the pieces that I entered in our local art exhibit for my town library. It's done in my all time favorite medium, pastels. I love the mess and the colors when they don't get too muddy. It's a scene from my mother-in-law's house looking out of her picture window. That's a little bit of the Hudson River you see in the center there. I always loved the view and thought it would make a nice piece. On another note I'm still printing copies of my book dummy and sending more packages out each week. Hopefully someone will like it somewhere. Not much else too tell other than being very busy with Halloween coming up and school conferences and a couple of my little ones birthday parties. It's been a funfilled last couple of days and the parties aren't over yet. I'm off to hit the hay and start anew tomorrow. Have a wonderful productive week!

Monday, October 22, 2007

Just Promos!

Hi everyone,

Sorry to say I have no new artwork to post this week. I am working vigorously on promotional stuff though so I feel good about that. I just recieved the latest 2008 Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market so I've been updating my mailing list and double checking everything. I really have never sent out sample packets, mainly just postcards. So this is a big step for me. The book dummy going out and this feels great. Thanks again for all of your feedback last week. Glad to see everyone seems to be enjoying this critique group as much as me! Have a great week!

Sunday, October 07, 2007

After researching....

Hi girls,

After researching again and again and again in the "Children's Writer's & Illustrators Market" (and different publisher's websites) about who to send my book dummy to and after absorbing all of your wonderful advice, I've come to the conclusion that I should send my book dummy to the art directors of a couple of houses I think my work would be a good fit for. This being mainly because my original intention was for publishers to notice my "illustrating abilities". I kept hearing that one of the ways to show your ability is to illustrate a classic tale that's well known ( also Little Red Riding Hood was my favorite as a child so it made it fun). A ton of the houses stated they were currently not accepting unsolicited manuscripts but then when I delved further and read about art submission guidelines they stated " book dummies helpful". So since my goal is to illustrate a book whether mine or someone else's I'm figuring the art director would pass it on, just like you mentioned Gina, if they really like it or just liked my style for another story. I'm game to anything at this point, my feelings certainly wouldn't be hurt! I think I'm going to state that I'm open to either so it would make it easier for them to ask me to illustrate another story if they have it. Also my Little Red story isn't that different from the original version so it's not like it has a new twist to it or anything. It's just tamer. On another note I had my kitchen renovated last week and only did lots of research and lots of printing. No new art for now but again thanks for your kind words and support. Hopefully something will come of all of this.

Monday, October 01, 2007

Ok I'm ready to print it out and send it off to publishing land!

Wow, I thought I'd never get to post that title! I am so very ready but first would like some advice on what goes with a book dummy. What kind of cover letter do you send? Who should I send it to, the art director or the editor? I have my publishers picked and thoroughly researched but am getting "book dummy submission stage fright" if that could possibly be a term? Anyway, if you have any advice I would love to hear it. Oh and thanks for the feedback on last week's stuff. I fixed up all the loose ends and tweaked all that needed tweaking so now I just have to go get more ink for my printer and double check one last time for typos. Ahh, it feels great to be done at last but by the same token I'm not looking forward to the rejections I know will be in my mailbox. No artwork for this week just posted the two color pieces I'll be including with the black and whites for those of you who haven't seen them. Not intended for critique. Thanks in advance and have great and productive week!