As you may know, I started my masters in writing and literature at Deakin Uni earlier this year, and last trimester, one of the subjects I took was The Picture book: reading and writing.
For my final assignment, I was tasked with writing and illustrating (with the help of google images) my very own picture book. I originally planned to write a piece about my Nonno, and explaining dementia through the lens of a child. However, after having written a creative nonfiction piece about him in another subject, I felt exhausted at the thought of going back down that path. Writing the first piece took quite a bit out of me, mentally and emotionally, and I wanted to focus on something a little more fun.
Searching for inspiration in confinement proved difficult, until I looked up and saw the one guy who had been in lockdown right beside me- my husband!
Florian and his family moved from France to Australia back in 2002, and I thought why not base my story loosely on the transition, not just from one country to another, but to a different culture, too.
I submitted the piece alongside a dummy copy of the book and received a distinction grade in exchange- happy days!
Elated with my results and feedback, I made a few tweaks and decided I’d join the club of rejected artists and spend an afternoon submitting my manuscript to dozens of children’s publishers.
Expecting not to even hear a reply at all, let alone an addressed response, I was both astonished and skeptical of the subject line sitting in my inbox.
Unable to wait a moment longer, I squeezed my eyes shut and clicked on the email to open the contents inside.
Upon reading and rereading, naturally of course, because it wasn’t a rejection straight off the bat, I began daydreaming about the prospects of being a published author.
What would the illustrations look like?
How much say would I get in the final look and feel?
Do I need to find an agent?
Needless to say, I definitely jumped the gun, but I guess sometimes it’s nice to daydream every once in a while.
I’ll update you all whenever I know more.
Until then, I’m available for pre-orders of signed copies from next week 😂