I have always loved reading and writing, taking every English/writing class I could in school, and writing fiction as a child and throughout high school, a blog for over a decade.
For the last 10 years, I have been raising readers as a stay at home mom. I feel like I have read just about every picture book there is to my four children; humourous ones being our favorites.
I also love drawing/illustrating, baking, and working out.
I love humorous children’s books that still have a touch of a lesson to them. I love the writing styles of Mo Willems and Mick Inkpen, and the clever rhymes of Sandra Boynton.
I do not enjoy stories with naughty/bratty characters.
Oh hi there Steve! How are you today?
“Not good. This sun is bugging me. It’s too bright today.”
Oh no! Maybe we can find you a hat.
“A hat? What’s a hat?”
A hat is something you wear on your head. Some hats keep your head warm on a cold day. Some hats help you do special jobs. We could look for a hat that will help keep the sun out of your eyes.
“Wow! Hats sound awesome! I want a hat!”
“Is this a hat?”
Yes! That’s a chef’s hat. Chefs in fancy restaurants wear those so everyone knows they are in charge of the kitchen.
“I don’t think this one is right for me” (The hat is too big for the stick and it falls over his whole face)
“What about this?”
Yes! That’s a firefighter’s hat. They wear those to protect themselves from fire and anything that might fall on their head.
“Woah! That’s not right” (He’s tipped over from the weight, and he’s upside down)
“This one is kind of scary!”
That’s a pirate’s hat!
“Ahhhhhhhh!” (Steve is running away from a group of pirates chasing him)
“No way!” (Tosses the pirate hat away)
“Trying on hats is hard work. I think I need a snack!”
“Is this a hat?” (Puts the banana peel on his head)
Oh, Steve, that’s not a hat, that’s a banana peel!
“Oh, silly me!” (Tosses the banana peel on the ground starts walking towards it)
Steve look out!
(Steve slips on the banana peel and goes flying! Flipping all over the next couple pages)
“What about this, is this a hat?”
“Oh, I like this!”
That’s a baseball hat! Baseball players wear them to keep the sun out of their eyes”
“It’s perfect! Look at that, no sun in my eyes!”
“It’s not too big, too heavy, too scary, or too banana-y.”
I have developed a series of books about my character Steve Stickam. One about how he is grumpy, and we try to cheer him up. He doesn’t want a snack, or a toy, or to play outside, he only wants a friend. Another story is about how he wants to bake some special for his new friends but gets flustered trying to pick something that everyone will enjoy.
Here are some best practices for reaching out to a potential CP:
- Include the link to your own CP Match profile! You can find it on your Dashboard. Don't have one yet? What are you waiting for? Anyone with a WriteOnCon.org account can make one!
- Introduce yourself a little, and say what appealed to you about their listing.
- Respect what's listed here in their profile. They took the time to fill it out, and they've included this information for a reason. Don't send a message about a book they specifically say is a Hard No, for example.
- Offer to swap a small sample of your works, so you can see if you're really compatible. First chapters are a good starting place.
- If one party no longer wants to continue the interaction, it's nobody's fault. Sometimes finding the right CP takes time.
Happy writing and CPing!