How long does it take to go from the birth of a story to its publication? Much longer than most authors and illustrators would like! The first word of Slow Down Sarah! found its way to a blank page some time in the early part of 2010, but the concept of writing a children’s picture book was conceived even earlier than that. As I read picture books night after night to my four young children who voraciously devoured every word, it sparked a hunger in me to create my own piece of magic to share with my precious darlings. ..
Here at Child Writes, we’ve been talking about Sarah for a long time! Child Writes’ Business Development Officer, Ainsley Shepherd, wrote the story Slow Down Sarah! a few years ago. OK, maybe longer… But Sarah will soon be arriving. It will be a double celebration at the Child Writes office, with the arrival of Emma’s book Imagine if, also expected. ..
Excitedly I began to read your informative book and, as I ventured into new pages, could feel my inner child opening up, wanting to creatively express again. Many years ago I taught myself to write with my non-dominant hand because I knew the process would by-pass my over-analytical left-brain. I also drew a book cover with the same hand. But then I stopped both creative processes. Your book Child Writes inspired me to re-visit the same technique.
Child Writes is beautifully presented and has many practical tips, not only for child writers but also for adults. The illustrations are clear, detailed and easy to understand, and the children’s tips, coming straight from their personal writing experiences, were a delight to read. I was impressed with the children’s maturity and comprehension – and I felt an undercurrent of their excitement as they became involved in the creative process. The children who experience the Child Writes programme are extremely fortunate and their creative learning process will hold them in good stead for later life. I hope many of them become adult authors.
As a writer I enjoyed, and intend to act upon, the authors’ challenge – “If a child can do it, why can’t you?” I also appreciated, and intend to use, the website references and marketing guide. The inspiration and enthusiasm behind the common sense step-by-step guidance added an extra dimension to the work.
I recommend Child Writes to all budding authors, and will continue to use it as a valuable reference to progress my own work. Congratulations Emma and Ainsley on being awarded the Independent Publisher’s book award. It is well deserved. And thank you for being a catalyst for my creative process.