|Sharon's Little Bear reading his Daddy Bear a story.|
This is a "beary" funny story. A real life incident sent our guest author Sharon Giltrow, an early childhood teacher, on the exciting path of writing a special how-to picture book story.
|By Sharon Giltrow|
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One night, Daddy Bear (Sharon's husband) was putting their son to bed. Daddy Bear belly-flopped into their son's bed and said, "Tonight you are putting me to bed." And the rest is bedtime history.
|Art by Katrin Dreiling|
I wrote the first draft in June 2017. Revised it for four months. Then submitted it
November 2017, which was too soon. Put into the drawer. Took it out of the
drawer in June 2018, revised it again. Submitted it to EK Books and signed the
contract in August 2018. So short answer four months to write and one year to
get an offer to publish. Then two years after acquisition, it was released, in May
4. What is your writing routine?
I have a monthly schedule where week one and week two of the month I write a
new picture book. Then week three I revise a previous manuscript and critique.
Week four if I have a manuscript ready, I submit to publishers and agents. I
teach three days a week so my writing days are Monday and Friday. After dropping
the children at school, I go to my home office and try to write for at
least an hour. I am a member of a picture book accountability group and we
have a spreadsheet where we record our individual time spent writing. I find this
accountability essential. I aim to write a total of one day i.e. 24 hours each
5. What is your favorite writing craft book?
I am better at doing online courses to improve my writing. My favourite courses
are the ones offered by The Childrens Book Academy. I have done the picture
book course and the middle grade course.
6. What inspires you to write?
Inspiring ideas get me started. The creative act of making a story out of words
gets the story written. Then sharing the story with my critique partners gets my
story to a submittable standard. And now that I have a published picture
book the joy of sharing my story with children keeps me writing.
|This is Sharon's workspace and Pepper.|
I am currently working on a story about my niece who was born through
8. Words of advice for writers.
In the words of a very wise little blue fish called Dory, ‘Just keep writing,
just keep writing,
Thank you, Sharon for joining us today. Sweet dreams and best wishes with your debut book.
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