If you’re a parent, grandparent, teacher or are around kids for any length of time, you’ll find kids have an opinion about most things. They’re often honest, brutally honest, which personally I find quite refreshing. If you want the truth, ask a child!
One of the neatest things about being a co-owner of a publishing company is the freedom I have regarding my own work; production of such work, and pricing my work.
Freedom of such things doesn’t come without cost, and we learn lessons along the way, some we’d rather not. Some would argue those are the best kind of lessons to learn and I actually agree with that. I’ve learned many things about this industry I didn’t know, and I’m sure I’ll continue to learn new exciting processes during this publishing journey. Having a brand new company, I had envisioned a brand new look for my books, symbolizing new beginnings, fresh packaging, per say. It wasn’t meant to be. Though the covers were custom art and beautiful, they apparently, according to my little fans, simply weren’t Lilly, Boris and Jack!
I was privy to such information for the first time during a private workshop, but the second and third time it happened caught my attention. The kids I addressed were intense, listening to every word that I’d said, always awesome to have such talented writers amongst the children you address. The staff stayed behind and asked questions and talked about wanting to write themselves, and I couldn’t help but think this is what it’s all about, touching the writer inside of the person who dreamed about putting pen to paper but didn’t dare. Great day! Until it was time to sign the books…
As authors our books are often sent ahead, if not, they’re displayed as soon as we arrive. I had three works on display that day. Mischief in the Mushroom Patch, A Fairy Match in the Mushroom Patch and The Ghost of Whispering Willow. Due to the fact I had copies of my original books (Mischief series) and the new copies of the Mischief series with the new beautiful art work, I had both art covers displayed. The new art work DID NOT have my fairy characters Lilly, Boris, and Jack, displayed on them.
One by one, both girls and boys passed on the beautiful new covers (this was the third time it had happened). “What about this one?” I asked. “Don’t you like this one?” They kept pointing to the others and choosing those. “Why?” I finally asked, knowing time, energy and money, had been spent on the new ones. “Why do you like this one and not the other?” pointing to my original characters I waited their response. The answer was always the same. “Because there’s Boris” or “I like Jack,” and of course my favorite, “I love the pink one, Lilly.” Needless to say Lilly, Boris and Jack are back! We were running out of my original books, so naturally the covers were redone. Good thing though, because I missed those little guys. Kids – Just ask them, they’ll tell ya. Truth!
Amanda M. Thrasher
Kids-just ask them, they’ll tell ya!
Amanda M. Thrasher