Saturday was filled to the brim with tales of triumph told by authors who persevered in spite of naysayers, rejections, and seemingly endless revisions. They struggled, stumbled, grew, got back up and got their projects published. I feel privileged for having heard their stories and am more motivated than ever to follow in their footsteps.
Sunday’s more intimate intensives were a treasure trove of practical information and insider insight. I joined veteran author/illustrator Mary Ann Fraser’s outstanding picture book-focused lecture called The Write Stuff. Her well organized, comprehensive and interactive presentation left me with much to chew on.
In particular, Mary Ann identified “character-driven” as one of several attributes used to describe successful picture books. It’s a coveted quality that makes agents and editors salivate. I’m more interested than ever in answering this question:
How can I get my main characters into the driver’s seat?