I recently posted a children’s story/poem titled “Clyde and I”.
I shared it with My Beloved, some parents and grandparents of young children, and my song co-writer, and got an unexpectedly enthusiastic response from them.
My song co-writer (who has composed a bunch of children’s songs) liked it so much that he didn’t suggest any changes to my lyric. He plans to compose music for it within a week or so.
One thing I wasn’t surprised about was that the parents and grandparents said the story needs illustrations. I started looking for an illustrator and so far four have responded.
Ideally, I will pick one, and if the work they do fits the story, I may present a sample of the story and illustrations to agents and/or publishers of children’s books. I may also include the song, as I think that could make an enticing package for parents and grandparents.
As always, time will tell, but in the meantime, I’m learning a lot and having loads of fun on this adventure.
And as I’ve said before, if I’m having fun, I’ve already won.
(I like the message and sound of the last sentence, and wouldn’t be surprised if in the not-too-distant future it inspires a post and possibly other writing projects).