Resharing some of the thoughts of an Amazing Illustrator Andi Osiek after she attended SCBWI winter conference:
Be visible. Blog once a week. Comment on other people’s
blogs… generally they will return the favor. Join Facebook and try to be
interesting. Show the publishing industry that you are relevant. Just put your
work out there. Key word: Discoverability.
Do what you know and create what you love. If you are
passionate about what you are doing it will shine through in your work.
Give freely. Be generous and open. More ideas will come. Be
an idea factory.
Tell the truth in your character’s own language. The truth
that you know is the one that will get you published. Look within, be honest and
create from the heart.
Read. If you want to be a creator of stories you have to
know a lot about the world… and how to ask the right questions.
Have style. Your own style has a relationship to your
childhood and your own relationship with books. Don’t follow trends, do what
comes naturally. Move from conscious creation to a more intuitive approach.
Know your characters. The story of your book is found in
whatever they NEED!
Live a creative life. All the parts of your life inform one
another. Even making cupcakes for your kids can feed your work.
Stay strong. Success is directly proportional to your
ability to accept rejection.
Network. Connect with people who embrace your work.
The colour illustrated children's story relates the further adventures of
two Angora goats. They leave their home in the forest and meet a boy named
Jacob. With him they have a lot of fun and when using their magical powers get
into difficulty. They find themselves discovering other goats on a goat farm.
The story is suitable for children of all ages and the illustrations tell the
This is a bright and colourful book that is delightful. The colour illustrations
tell the story well about the adventures of two Angora goats named Charlie and
Isabella. In this adventure they meet a boy named Jacob, after having got into
difficulty they end up on a farm.
It was a pleasure working with Kay McCullough and this Story book