Currently, I’m working on some follow-up projects. I have ideas. Lots of ideas actually, but there was one I was drawn to the most and I decided to concentrate on that. It’s the kind of story I like — silly and nerdy and a bit wordy. I’ve finished a manuscript that made me laugh. I’m in the process of drawing the dummy now and I like how it’s progressing.
And still, my mind wanders back to the first book often. The one that’s on shelves but not “breaking the internet” in any way, shape, or form. This new book is written very much in the same vein as the first. Not the same story or characters, but I think stylistically they’re cut from the same cloth. I wonder if I’m making a mistake. Should I infer some lesson from the “not huge success” of the first book? Should I change my style? Should I be trying something completely different?
|A sketch from the new project--and also sorta how I'm feeling (minus the tutu.)|
But based on early sales, not as many people love it as I’d hoped. I’d hoped there would be one in every household across America. It didn't happen. There could be loads of reasons why. I'm a first time author. Perhaps I didn't market it perfectly? I've learned a lot on that front for next time. (Also see Mike’s brilliant entry from last week for help there.) But part of me thinks that if the work is out there and it’s appealing, then people will find it. It might be naive but it’s the way I feel.
|Also from the new thing.|
What to do with the new project? Should I scrap it? Do I rewrite it and make it more stylistically different from the first? I think I am going to rewrite a bit. Just a bit. I won’t make it something I don’t love or just imitate what I see on shelves but if you just ignore what you’re seeing in the world around you than you're burying you head in the sand. Ding?
So. What have we accomplished here? Believe in your work. Write what you love. Know the market. Know how to market. I know all of this isn’t new ground for writing/illustrating blogs but it was my week to blog and this was much cheaper than therapy. Much appreciated and Happy (belated) Arbor Day!
Jason Kirschner is the author and illustrator of Mr. Particular: The World's Choosiest Champion from Sterling which you can now find on shelves in bookstores everywhere. Get your own copy and see more of Jason's work at jasonkirschner.com.