A few years ago I wrote and illustrated a picture book for my grandchildren. Picking it up again in an idle moment I realised that it could be re-written and re-illustrated for a wider audience. So I did that, packaged up the new version and sent it to a couple agents. The response was quiet.
So I did what any good professional should do and took a good hard look at the illustrations, text and storyline – and I found faults. Some words were too advanced for the potential readers and there wasn’t really a central plot. Thus prompting a complete re-write and many adjustments to the illustrations.
The story now has a plot and because of that I think it’s more engaging. Although the plot centres on two boys, an older sister enables their adventure and a younger sister, who accompanies them, is more astute and fired by an imagination equal to, if not greater than, the boys. Although identities have been changed, the names remain those of my grandchildren.
I’ll send this to a few more agents, but without great expectations. However I have faith in this project and have already started writing and illustrating the next adventure, Will and Ned’s Adventure Under the Ocean. I even have outline plans for books three (a balloon flight over the jungle) and four (a trip to the arctic circle). Without an agent or publisher I’ll revert to self-publishing on Amazon, but I have a few ideas for marketing too (an animated Youtube version is in it’s early stages), so maybe they will be modestly successful as well as fun to write and illustrate.