I've submitted queries to literary agents!
Another huge goal accomplished… and now I wait.
- Finish the cover design of the ABC book
- Finish manuscript revisions with my editor (we had nine rounds)
- Compile a list of appropriate agents to query
- Prepare for my queries to be the best they can possibly be
- Methodically submit multiple queries (I have now sent out three)
Preparing to Query Literary Agents
The manuscript for Flock of Rock is complete! It was a pleasure once again working through the revisions with my editor, Catherine Malo, who always offers wonderful suggestions. I purchased a copy of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrator’s Market 33rd Edition, a recommendation given during the online course with Julia Donaldson, Writing Children’s Picture Books, produced by BBC Maestro. I’ve been using the guide to research literary agents and query best practices, as I prepare to send queries to agents who are specifically looking for author/illustrators, many of whom specialize exclusively in children’s books, and are currently open to submissions.
If you have been thinking about writing a children’s book, or you’ve already written your manuscript, this book is an excellent resource! My copy now has about 30 magenta Post-it flags sticking out the sides to mark pages. After identifying specific agents within literary agencies listed in the text, I went to each of the flagged agency websites and agent profiles to compile my query list. This too has been keeping me busy! Another necessary step has been to create my illustration portfolio.
In the BBC Maestro course notes from the lesson on picture book practicalities, Julia Donaldson offers an empty storyboard template and narrative that reinforces the process of creating a book dummy. This is just one of the many resources that have been influencing shifts in my creative process. Just like I labored over every word through editing nine drafts of my manuscript, I’m evolving the process I go through to develop my illustrations. I’ll be taking my manuscript and laying out each spread with the words and composition sketches for the illustrations. #alwaysbeimproving
As I continue to work through sketching out the storyboard for Flock of Rock, I compiled a new page on my website, one that features an illustration portfolio.
Click through to see how it turned out!
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