Two years ago I wrote a story for the children at Spirit and life Mission House in Cabugao, Philippines. I had meet them on a previous mission trip earlier in the year and had been writing to them ever since. I really wanted to write a special story for them and I came up with,"Raymund and the Fear Monster." Now I thought that, as I'd writing short stories to them for months, that I could write it, illustrate it and print it out in six weeks. That's right. You heard me. Six weeks! Well I did it and I printed out at Officeworks as a photo book, 20 pages in length. It was crazy!
I learnt something in those six weeks. Writing, illustrating and producing a children's picture book is not easy. In fact is really hard work. I've never looked at a children's picture book the same way since. Instead, now I take the time to sit, read and look at each illustration carefully; admire the way the author has strung a story of less than 1000 words, (sometimes less than 500 words) to capture the imagination, grab my attention and sometimes pull at my heartstrings, or make me laugh out loud (always fun in the library when that happens).
I respect, marvel and appreciate the talent, time and hard work that has gone into a book that has beautiful illustrations. Especially now as one of my dear friends is an illustrator. I have seen first hand some of the time consuming work involved, while I've sat with her as she has worked on illustrations for a children's picture book.
You won't believe what I'm doing now. You will shake your head in disbelief. I am going to self-publish "Raymund and the Fear Monster." However, this time I'm going to do it right. I've set a time-frame of twelve months from editing to selling. I will be hiring professionals. My friend, the illustrator, is on my team. I have a professional doing the graphic designing so it all looks lovely. Then there will be the a whole variety of other jobs that I will need to accomplish so that "Raymund and the Fear Monster," will be in your hot little hands. Well your children's, and grandchildren's, niece's and nephew's and the kid's down the street, hot little hands.
Wish me luck, pray for me and my team, follow along on this wonderful, thrilling, exciting rollercoaster of a ride. Woohoo! Here we go!
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