Exciting News!! After about a year of dedicated effort, classes like How To Be a Children’s Illustrator by Mark Mitchell, mistakes, redos and learning from so many other fellow artists….someone bought some of my illustrations!!! And even more exciting….she’s a published author….like…she knows real people who can do real illustrations…but she picked one of mine!
Okay – time to act more professionally….I’m sorry I can’t. There’s still some giddiness left inside….
All right….I’ll try again. Susanna Leonard Hill is a wife and mom, former
special education teacher and a multi-published children’s author. She has written Punxsutawney Phyllis, April Fool Phyllis, Can’t Sleep Without Sheep, Taxi, and Not Yet, Rose (which was just printed in German) to name a few of them. Her popular blog is a delightful, funny read in which she shares her passion for chocolate as well as what she does so well: encouraging and inspiring fellow writers. She is also the creator of Perfect Picture Book Fridays in which I’d started participating to try and be a better blogger.
Around the first part of November I received an email from Susanna . The memo line said, “teensy question.” Oh-oh, I thought I’d done something wrong in one of my PPBF posts. Turns out she had a teensy question that gave me such a motivational boost and validation…. She had seen an illustration on my blog of “Grumpy Kitty” and wanted to know if she could purchase it for a project of hers!!!!
——–YAhhhhhhhh-ooooooo————-(sorry) someone actually wanted an illustration! Who would have thought??? I know, I know, that’s what I was working for….but…Ahhhhhhh! Okay – I think it’s all out of me now. But you see, I couldn’t say anything at the time, because the project was still in the planning stage and still a secret, not yet ready to reveal. (Well—I did share with my family…sorry, Susanna.) At last, I can share with everyone – but more importantly tell you about a GREAT, NEW WRITING COURSE by Susanna Hill.
Anyway – longer story short…..Susanna was going to launch a fabulous online Picture Book writing course (who better to teach than such an accomplished author?). She was seeking about 10 artists to illustrate the course curriculum. I was included in the pool of talent. Then just recently, she came back to us and asked for more illustrations!!!! (She likes me, she really likes me, er…uh…I mean us!)
Anyway, Susanna said some wonderfully encouraging things and asked for a couple more of my illustrations, some of which I’m showing here.
Susanna’s online course, “Making Picture Book Magic” is a 4 week course that will teach you how to write a picture book. There are 20 lessons, each designed to be completed in 15-30 minutes (how nice of her to fit it around our busy schedules – that is so Susanna). Also there are 9 supplements to the lessons, membership in a private Facebook group, and opportunity for personal interaction and discussion with Susanna and other members of your class. And at the end of the course Susanna will read your finished story and make some comments. All of this is at a very affordable cost. CLICK HERE to go to the direct link. Her first two month’s classes have already been filled. (Smart people register quickly!)
Also I must mention the 9 other uber talented illustrators who have contributed to Susanna’s course. They are: Dana Atnip, Dana Carey, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Hazel Mitchell, Heather Newman, Julie Rowan-Zoch, Loni Edwards, Martha South, and Tracy Campbell. Please visit these ladies and you will be treated to beautiful art and inspiration.
I’ve shared all this to say …..if you have a dream, a goal, then pursue it!!!
Do the work that is needed in any “teensy” amount of time you can squeeze it into. Seek professional advice from classes and networking, have an online presence….and work at your passion! Along the way you’ll meet wonderful people like Susanna and Mark who share their talents and abilities and encouragement. I waited til I was a grandma to pursue my real dream….now I’m determined to go all the way….
Imagine this commercial with me: ” Laura Miller, you just sold your first illustration…..what are you going to do next? I’m going to ……….MY DRAWING BOARD and CREATE SOME MORE!!!!!
Blessings on your creativity!!