I consider myself predominantly a writer of middle grade fiction (for ages 9 to 14). I have always found picture books (for much younger readers) very difficult to write. A couple of years back, when I was stuck while writing my middle grade fiction, I attempted three picture books. They were my attempts at trying out a picture book. I sent it to Scholastic India last year on a whim. I was surprised when they accepted it. I had written those stories for the fun of it. I was very sure no publisher would publish them.
Last year Scholastic confirmed that they would be publishing it and asked me to include scientific snippets. The book ‘Lazy worm goes on a journey’ was slated to go under the Early Science Category. After a round of editing it was sent out for illustrations. This year I got a good advance for it and the book hit the shelves last week. The book is in hard cover (something I always wanted.) I have to go for some school visits (I will let you all know how the visits go.)
It has been a good experience working with the Scholastic managing editor Tina Narang. Tina is an angel in disguise. She has patiently guided me every step of the way and answered all my questions regarding the contract, advance and other stuff and kept me in the loop where the illustrations, publishing and marketing of the book was concerned.
I have a good news to share with you all. My critique partner Mark Noce signed up with Rena Rossner of the The Deborah Harris LiteraryAgency (he has blogged about it). When I read the first chapter of Mark’s historical fiction ‘Between Two Fires,’ I emailed him that this book would definitely get him an agent. After I read the entire book I was sure of it. This was Mark’s third book I was critiquing. And I was stunned at the gigantic leap he had taken. The book is simply amazing. I don’t mean to say that his other books were not good, but this was by far his best (in every way). I am super excited and elated for Mark.
Do you all have any good news to share with all of us? Hope you all liked my book cover?