I love writing picture books. I love teaching. I love knowing that I can make a difference in a young reader’s journey. Life is awesome!
I made a wonderful decision this past summer and decided to attend two writer’s workshops at the Highlights Foundation. One was about writing YA novels. One was about writing for the educational market.
I totally, absolutely, love writing picture books. They are amazing. But I’ve also written two YA novels that were definitely…lol…mediocre. Fortunately, I haven’t tried to market them. Yay! My third novel though, is a historical fiction about a young Hawaiian girl who wants to be a warrior, circa 1776, before Captain Cook ‘discovered’ the Hawaiian Islands. Now that it’s almost finished, I know I’ve finally written a novel I can be proud of. It was quite well received at the workshop too. I’m planning on sending it out in January of 2020. I can hardly wait to see it in the hands of young adults!!
The second workshop I attended was about educational publishing. I loved it! I learned so much about teaching STEM topics and writing for a particular grade level. Jan Fields, one of the presenters, was amazing. Funny, sarcastic, and incredibly knowledgeable, she ratcheted my writing up at least two levels. Maybe three😉 The result was that within two months I had contracts for four books. As you probably read on my intro page, I will be listing the titles as soon as I’m allowed.
Overall, I’m a lucky man. I can make a difference in the lives of young readers. What a spectacular thing to be able to say!