January 4, 2013
As a writer of children's books, I know it is very very hard to find a traditional publisher who will risk an investment in an unknown writer. We "unknowns" use "POD" publishers or we self publish while we try to find favor with a traditional house. I have followed the POD path with A Garden! A Garden! and Good Grief! It's Winter! I frequently read new books. I admire the good ones and wish I had thought of the best ones. The poorly written ones - and they are out there,( some even published by big publishing houses) - make me wonder who the author knew. They are wonderful boosters for my ego.
I think Debbi Kern, my illustrator is absolutely the best. She also is a great photographer. I have thought about writing a book that would be illustrated with her photos.
I recently found the perfect photo illustrated book. If you haven't seen it - find it. Lost in the Woods, a photographic fantasy, written by Jean Stoick and photo-illustrated by Carl R. Sams II is a must own book. The words are delicate and poetic and the photo illustrations are absolutely fantastic. It is a book to be cherished by young and old alike.