My first reading at St. Mary’s school yesterday told me, yet again, why I love writing for children. The number of questions they asked me and the way they interacted with me for a whole hour was simply wonderful. Writing, editing, publishing, marketing, illustrating and designing – they had questions about all these things. They wanted to know what an illustrator’s options are. They wanted to know whether children can get books published. They wanted to know why sometimes books are not available in shops.
If I have a big painting on cardboard, how can I send it to a publisher?
How can I make an audio book on a CD?
How can I ask the shopkeeper to sell my book?
How long does it take to publish a book?
They wanted to know everything – it was splendid!
At the end of my four readings for the girls of class III, I am to write a small piece about the experience for the school magazine. I think that even if I have a hundred books published, I’ll still be a little nervous about what my school-teachers will say about an article written for the magazine. I will be brave and write it soon, though.