Self-published authors of children’s books tend to agonize over how to create a buzzÂ around their work.
We try everything: Facebook, email, blogs, discussion boards, reader and writer organizations, library lists, book reviewers… all in the efforts to get some grown-ups to notice our books, buy our books and give our creation some validity in the mature world of children’s publishing.
Well, I may not even be a blip on the radar of the publishing world yet, but by golly I sure made a bunch of our second graders buzz. Here is a link to a class blog that our second grade teacher kindly posted: Making It Educational; Princess Ramona.
YeJin â€“ I liked when after Princess Ramona said, â€œYou hurt my friendâ€™s owie,â€ because it was funny. The dragon was crying like a 4 year old.
Nykolas â€“ I liked the part when the knight came through the forest and the animals were ready to attack him. I liked the part when the king was in his seat and the animals were next to him and the dragon behind him and he didnâ€™t know it. It is about helping each other.
Devika â€“ I liked the part when Ramona set free the animals from the cage. It reminded me of Noahâ€™s ark. It is a good book because it has funny and interesting things in it.
Reading directly to the students and seeing their reactions and hearing what they are noticing and learning from the story make all of those hours of writing and rewriting and polishing and programming completely worth it.
When all is said and done, a writer of literature is not producing for the reviewers or publishers, we are producing our craft for the children. A buzz from the tiniest of bees is always sweeter than the sweetest honey to the soul.