I Spent Years Trying To Publish Kids Books. Publishers Rejected Them But I Kept Trying
I love animals and I love reading. I studied literature before I studied art. When I began my drawing series I incorporated my love of animals into my work. As my art career grew I drafted many kids’ books and pitched them to publishers. After many attempts, I still haven’t sold any (I will keep trying).
Meanwhile, I began selling prints of my animal drawings. At first, friends bought them, then friends of friends, then strangers… and the adorable animal prints even ended up in the nursery on the TV show Modern Family. Most of the people who buy my animal prints put them in children’s rooms. I had never seen them in person until I went to visit one of my friends. My beautiful drawings were above her son’s bed. I realized then that children are growing up with this art. My work is now on the walls of my daughter’s nursery.
So maybe I don’t have a children’s book they can love, but I have the next best thing – drawings for kids. Children wake up and drift off to dreams looking at my art. For me, that’s a big success. I also draw illustrations of everyday love, which you can see here.
Three of us
Bears need sleep
Up and away
Pa ra pa pum pum
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