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Sir Padma vs. The Dinosaur 
15th-Dec-2011 10:57 pm
shiny, thing

I have not stopped writing about Buddhism, I’m just in the middle of finals. In fact, it is about finals that I am posting about today. Specifically, one final, that I am very proud of.

See, I went and wrote a book.

It should be a picture book, and I wrote it with children in mind who struggle with anxiety, who get called “Crybaby” or whose emotions run out of control, are being constantly told to stop crying, but don’t really have the toolkit to do as they’re told. I wrote it to be a very basic self help guide to children with anxiety.  I like it.

There’s only one problem: I cannot draw to save my life.
But I know I have many many talented friends who can draw. With many different styles.

This isn’t a demand for a commitment. This isn’t an audition process. This is also not a commission I can afford to pay for, sadly. This is possibly the breach of some sort of etiquette and I hope it isn’t.

What it is, is the announcement that I have uploaded the text portion of a picture book to my webspace, and the invitation for anyone, to download it, read it, and if you would like to draw pictures for it, then to let me know (or to draw thins then let me know).
Because I have written a thing, and I wrote it to have pictures, and I would love it to have pictures.

Here it is:

Sir Padma vs. The Dinosaur
(pdf, 77K)

This post can also be found at Thagomizer.net. Feel free to join in the conversation wherever you feel most comfortable.

16th-Dec-2011 08:01 am (UTC)
Excellent idea and nicely executed. I like the two dads.

Can't help on the illustrations, because I'm also a writer in search of an artist at the moment, but I have some picture book tips:

- Remember that there will be front and back covers, endpapers, copyright info and title page, and add those to your plan. Traditionally picture books have a number of pages divisible by 4, but that's less necessary in our electronic age.
- Work out which pages will be left and right. One illustration per page, or some double-page spreads? Try to put cliffhangers or questions on a right page so you need to turn over for the resolution.
- Consider publication as an ebook. I found this site the other day and it looks interesting: http://utales.com/

HTH and good luck!
16th-Dec-2011 01:23 pm (UTC)
You know, this advice is awesome, thank you!
18th-Dec-2011 03:07 pm (UTC)
You're welcome - hope I'll be seeing more of Sir Padma!
16th-Dec-2011 08:49 am (UTC)
Aww so cute!
16th-Dec-2011 01:31 pm (UTC)
You should ask Ji. I don't even remember her LJ name, because I haven't seen her around in a while, but she did amazing work on our children's book and she's so good at drawing animals.

When you said Sir Padma I did think of Salman Rushdie...

Aside from that, we looked at several of the self-pub services and just ended up using an ISBN from my publisher, but Lulu had the best cost-to-return ratio of the Amazon/Lulu/Etc array of options. You'll find, alas, that many online pubs won't do color on each page.
16th-Dec-2011 01:37 pm (UTC)
schiarire. :)

I did love her work on City Life.
16th-Dec-2011 01:40 pm (UTC)
What we did was offer her an amount from each sale -- I think it was $1, it was really a pafetic amount for such good work but it's hard to turn a profit on color books -- rather than pay for the commission ahead of time. You could set that up with whoever you go with.
16th-Dec-2011 01:42 pm (UTC)
Oh should it ever actually publish, I have no intention of doing anything else. At the moment I'm just leaving it out there.
16th-Dec-2011 04:35 pm (UTC)
No artistic skills to offer, but I love how you did this!
17th-Dec-2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Debi, Debi, Debi, I finally got to read it this morning. And I love it and I want my copy! And oh, Padma and her two dads, and her dinosaur and music and magic sword. I want.
19th-Dec-2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
Great writing - a creative and positive repsonse to the issue is a nice change.

If it helps, I have a friend who is a great illustrator - draws his own online comic etc. If you want, I could get him in touch with you if that's OK? If it is, I'll get an e-mail address off him that you can get in touch with him ......

Please let me know if you're interested.
19th-Dec-2011 05:37 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the recommendation, but I'm not going to contact him. I feel - perhaps incorrectly - that if I'm going to directly contact an artist and say "will you illustrate this?" I should be able to offer more than "it might be good practice for you and if it ever makes a profit I can give you some of that." I made it available so illustrators could mess about with it if they wanted, but I don't want anyone to start doing something they think will turn a profit if it most probably won't.

I've had a few people contact me already, as well. Thanks anyway.
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