I went to a fabulous picture book workshop a couple of weeks ago led by Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen. Let me tell you, Sudipta is one impressive cookie. She puts me to shame.
We both starting writing PBs around the same time. We both got our first contract around the same time. (Mine was in 03 and I believe she said hers was in 04.) Our debut books came out the exact same month- April 2006. (Mine was Hop! Plop! Hers was Tightrope Poppy)
Okay, are you read for this? I just got my second contract. Sudipta just got her 15th!
How does she do it, you ask? Well, to answer that would probably take up several posts, but let me start by saying, she WRITES. I talk about writing. I think about writing. But Sudipta actually writes.
I average about one solid picture book manuscript per year. Sudipta averages ten.
So, I've written around 10 manuscripts and sold two.
She's written around 75 and sold 15.
Guess what? Same exact hit percentage. We are both selling approximately 1 in 5!!!
It's a numbers game, people. And she is winning!