Is your work “good enough”? If you aren’t asking this of yourself, you should be. Too often, we creatives are blind to our own abilities – our own limits. You’ve heard the saying before, “If it was easy, everyone would do it.” Does that adage hold true for your work? Is it true regarding what you’ve just created and shared with that special literary agent or potential client? I hope it isn’t, but if it is, relax. Let’s work through the art of writing captivating stories so that you can put your best foot forward and build your platform for the long haul.
Welcome to the (virtual) interview platform, Heather Macht! Heather is the author of THE ANT FARM ESCAPE! (Pelican, 2019), REX THE…WE-DON’T-KNOW (Pelican, 2019) and YOU MAY JUST BE A DINOSAUR (Pelican, 2015). She has a degree in Fine Arts, is an active member of the SCBWI, and is the Assistant Administrator, the Newsletter Coordinator, and a volunteer judge for Rate Your Story. She loves spending her Saturday’s in bookstores or in libraries with friends. Heather is happily married and currently resides in Florida next door to a quiet beach. When she’s not writing, she enjoys painting, reading poetry, and watching scary movies with her husband and children.
I’ve been so excited to share this interview with the #writingcommunity! Abi Cushman is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator based in Connecticut. Her debut picture book, Soaked, comes out Summer 2020 from Viking Children’s Books. You can find her on Twitter @AbiCushman or Instagram @Abi.Cushman. Are you ready to gleam some insight from, and share in the journey of, this talented lady? Let’s go!
What an exciting opportunity we have to gleam more publishing insight from successful #kidlit and #SCBWI author/illustrator Valeria Wicker! If you haven’t read our first interview with Valeria, be sure to check it out so you’re up to speed on her backstory. Buzzing in the news was her children’s book sale with literary agent extraordinaire Adria Goetz from Martin Literary Management. The sale was for her debut picture book, The Ugly Doodles, and a second untitled picture book to Sasha Henriques at Little, Brown/Patterson. Valeria stopped by for a conversation on her debut picture book and to share more (including some illustration dummies!!!) on her life as a soon-to-be published author/illustrator.
What a joy it is to be able to glean experience from successfully and prolific author Lisa Wheeler. She grew up near Pittsburgh, PA but has been in Michigan since she was almost 16. Though she has written all her life, Lisa didn’t attempt publication until the age of 32. (See, YOU are in good company!) After nearly 4 years and about 225 rejections, she sold her first book. She credits the support and encouragement of her husband, Glen, for taking those first baby steps and never looking back. Lisa totally loves the world of children’s books and says she “cannot imagine any other life”.
Today, we have the incredibly talented Valeria Wicker here sharing insights and advice from her journey as an illustrator. She was born in Rome, Italy and graduated from art school with the intent of becoming a fashion designer. After moving to the United States, her passion evolved into writing and illustrating children’s books. She has illustrated picture books for independent authors and embraced the children’s literature community through the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). With English as her second language, she works restlessly to hone her writing skills.