Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Wisdom Wednesday

From this point forward I will try to throw up some of the great advice and wisdom that I have come across in my quest to break into Children's' Publishing.

On the day after the arrival of the book 2010 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market . My mind is racing with all the possibilities available to me within Children's Publishing. Thank goodness my Portfolio and website are finally ready to go! Or are they?

This question led me to do some digging and double and triple check the things that editors look for in a Children's Book Portfolio. My search led me to Elizabeth Dulemba's website and a great article she wrote in regards to preparing your portfolio for this industry. (Follow link to article.) Read the article all the way through and find some great links to other resources at the bottom of the article.

All of these resources seemed to point out to me that my portfolio isn't quite there yet. At least not for Children's Books specifically. The biggest thing I feel I'm missing are pieces that show I can handle continuity of characters. The markets I do seem prepared for currently are Magazines and Educational materials. Which works out just fine. This will cut down the amount of research I need to do and let me focus on specific fields separately. Most new Children's Artists cut their teeth with Magazines and Periodicals.

Looks like it will be my turn to do so next!! Now to figure out how and what I will use to promote myself! And come up with a list of potential people to mail those promotional items to! Whew! Looks like it will be a long but rewarding weekend of research! But I can't wait to get the eventual rewards! No matter how long that may take!

"Little Susie had to modify her cheering tactics if she was to motivate her brother's team to victory!!"

8 comments:

Jack Foster said...

YYou are surely on your way wilson

Jack Foster said...

YYou are surely on your way wilson

Shirley said...

Wilson - I'm so happy to hear your excitement as you venture closer and closer to attaining your goals. Yes, now onto approaching those publishers and get your work out there...can't wait to see what you come up with. I think your site and work speak for itself and it's just a matter of time...all the best to you!

Mighty Kwan said...

Thank you Jack and Shirley! I appreciate the support! Makes me feel all tingly inside! ;)

Adam Foster-Fahy said...

Lovely illo, I really like the tonal painting with the simple line art - a nice effect when done right. The kid's expression is a bit stoner-esque, I think it's in the eyes. I really like the pose and the unusual angle you've drawn it from. Great layout too! Reallyt nice work ;)

Mighty Kwan said...

LOL!! Thanks Adam!

Alisa : Ink Caravan said...

Great illo, and intriguing post. Thanks for sharing your finds. Good luck for those first folio presentation steps.

Mighty Kwan said...

Thanks Alisa!! :)