© Diana Ting Delosh
Ink & Watercolor
Attended the 1st CBIG meeting of the year. The speaker, SM, an executive editor, from 1 of the Big NYC pubs, was very upbeat and optimistic and gave a lot of really good advice. Here's just a sampling.
1 - Seasonal ideas sell. Book stores do seasonal promos - publishers like that a book can get this boost. As the artist/writer we should just submit the seasonal ideas anytime as publishers sign up the projects way in advance. Show that you can do seasonal art.
2- Strong, quirky, independent, character based stories sell. Think Fancy Nancy, Harry Potter
3 - He's personally not into anthropomorhic animal stories .
4 - 2012 will be a big year for picture books - his opinion based on demographics. Get your manuscripts/dummies submitted now!
5 - Sharpen the text. Keep your picture book word counts around 500. Less is more.
What a great meeting to start off 2010. Now to use that positive energy to keep me moving though the months ahead! Quick send that tailored art sample pack ASAP.