Wednesday, October 14, 2009
I Need My Monster
Every picture book writer seems to have a monster manuscript. My friend, Tara, is subbing one now. My friend, Tiffany, has one in rhyme. Becky and I are in the middle of a first draft.
With all the monster books out there, it is hard to come up with an angle that is unique. But Amanda Noll has done it with I Need My Monster.
One night, when Ethan checks under the bed for his monster, he finds a note instead: "Gone fishing. Back in a week. –Gabe"
What will Ethan do? He needs a monster under his bed. How is he supposed to get to sleep if Gabe is gone?
Come back tomorrow to hear Amanda's story of how this clever book went from concept to contract.
In the meantime, I think I'll start shopping for my own monster. I'm not sleeping too well these days.