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Writing a novel the first time is a daunting task. So much unknown and so much to learn quickly. Sharks exist everywhere. Sending manuscripts to traditional publishers one gets nice rejection letters. Like the topic, love your style but does not fit our theme at the moment or worse the market trends may not be conducive to our needs.

Repeating the Process

Intellectually if you ask me to weigh the pros and cons about writing and publishing books, I say I would not recommend to students to go into writing as their sole income. Fraught with danger, delay, and dilemma the first time you think you will not do such a thing to yourself again. But one morning you get up and you get an idea and start writing. The second time is even more intriguing because not only do you have to do what you did before, you also have to market the other book you wrote. It tis a compulsion. It gives me much pleasure. I sit and giggle when I find the best picture or write an interesting phrase and in that moment I am content. I crave those moments when I sing, when I do my art and when I write. I live for those. Then I look at my bank account and wonder why do I do this.

Children’s Books

Writing children’s books lets you experience childhood again. You find an interesting fact or story. Then you massage words into communication elementary children can understand and you struggle with how to illustrate it. Tell other writers about having a children’s book accepted or published and they go solemn. From those who have treaded the writing water before you they say that getting a manuscript accepted is the hardest of all. I still do not know fully what that means. One manuscript “Ways to Say Zero” I am patiently waiting for publication but it has been accepted for 2 years and “White Shark Cafe” is published as of today.

For What it is Worth White Shark Cafe

The new book highlights a discovery found in the Pacific Ocean by an engaging team of scientists who love Pacific Predators. They hunt them down, catch them and put a tag in them. That team has gone on to other projects but a new team at http://www.gtopp.org  carries on research on these animals.

The research is part of a larger project exploring the ocean ecosystem. A wonderful pic exists on their blog of them.

  1. http://gtopp.blogspot.com/2014/03/success-in-chagos.html

If you want to learn more about these magnificent animals I have a Facebook page that highlights the sharks, their blogs, and the Marine Mammal Center.

  1. https://www.facebook.com/whitesharkcafebymarypage

I did two illustrations for the book. I would like to thank Nancy Winans of the Baytown Art League, Dr. Paul Lucke, and Dr. Jennifer Herzberg at Lee College for all the art lessons. It gave the confidence to begin illustrating and for making decisions about photos and backgrounds.

  1. http://www.lee.edu/
  2. http://art-league-of-baytown.org/

I would like the thank the Institute of Children’s Literature and Kristin Nitz, my teacher,  since the book started out as an assignment.

  1. http://www.institutechildrenslit.com/

Gloria Stamper helped me proof the pictures for the final manuscript. Her lovely suggestion to frame the photos made a huge difference in the appearance of the photos. If you are in Houston, Texas and need a grand photographer call Gloria. Here is her website.

  1. http://www.stamperphotography.com/

As you can see the children’s book was a collaborative effort of artists teaching someone like me. 🙂  The children’s book took 2 and 1/2 years to complete the journey to publication.

 

Swimming with the Sharks and having Grand Escapades and hoping you all will too,

 

Mary