It’s a new year, full of excitement and new possibilities. What better folks to chat with than those who have debut books coming out in 2020!
We’ve invited the Soaring ‘20s picture book debut group to share their thoughts on using goals to find publishing success and to share some of the goals they have set for 2020.
A big 24 Carrot Writing welcome to the high flying picture book debut authors and illustrators of The Soaring ‘20s.
What writing goals did you set that helped you find publishing success?
professionals—especially if there was feedback involved—and I found myself a wonderful critique group. My “immersion” felt a bit like an obsession at times (it still does!), but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
- Colleen Paeff, author of THE GREAT STINK: HOW JOSEPH BAZALGETTE SOLVED LONDON'S POOP POLLUTION PROBLEM, illus. Nancy Carpenter, (Simon & Schuster/McElderry, March, 2021)
How do you motivate yourself to stay on track with your writing goals?
How are you balancing writing and marketing efforts during your debut year?
planning, pre-order coordinating and other publicity tasks can be creative, they feel more left brain than the actual writing of my books, and therefore I calendar them in during the afternoons. I try not to do them between the hours of 8-10am. That’s the time after my caffeine kicks in, when I am at the peak of my creative productivity. During that time, I ask my works-in-progress (I actually really do this, I know it sounds bizarre) “Which of you wants to be written today?” And a clear front-runner pops into my head/heart with the answer! More often than not, it's a different one than I had planned to work on that day, but I trust the process.
-Elisa Boxer, author of THE VOICE THAT WON THE VOTE: How One Woman’s Words Made History, illus. Vivien Mildenberger, (Sleeping Bear Press, March 2020)
Share one of your writing goals for 2020 and tell us why you’ve set that target?
Share one of your craft goals for 2020 and tell us why you’ve set that target?
For more information on The Soaring '20s authors, illustrators and debut books, visit https://www.soaring20spb.com/. You can also find The Soaring '20's group on twitter at @Soaring20sPB.
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