Friday, January 22, 2016

If You Don't Send It They Won't Publish: Submission Advice from the Sub It Club

There's a wonderful website for authors and illustrators called the Sub It Club. In its pages you'll find a compendium of practical advice about the (often overwhelming) submission and (frankly terrifying) querying process. The site is loaded with scads of articles about agents, editors, query letters, pitching, social media, and even ways to cope with rejection.

The Sub It Club is curated by Heather Ayris Burnell, Dana Carey, Lisha Cauthen, and Amy Dixon.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Everything Old is New Again: My Resolution for 2016

My secret is out: for years I've had two large plastic bags stuffed with paper, canvases, and art supplies stashed behind my couch. I kept all this stuff because I had a giant case of the "Somedays"; someday I'll use that watercolor paper; someday I'll need that foam core; someday I'm going to experiment with that sanded paper.

Well, guess what. Someday is here.

I spent two hours on New Year's eve (I even got a jump start on my resolution!) sorting through the papers and supplies and putting them into some sort of order. And no - I didn't just put everything back behind the couch - even if it all was so nicely sorted and neatly packed up.

Instead, I left the paper out in plain sight. It's right where I can quickly get my hands on it - so I can't use the "out of sight, out of mind" excuse. I'm going to use all of this "free" paper and all these supplies to experiment. Every day I'm going to make something new - even if it's just a quick doodle or a sketch. This year I want to stretch and grow as an artist. I'm going to play like I haven't played in years. I plan on having some serious fun. I'm going to draw and paint and paste and tear up paper and generally make a mess - I'll try anything!

I'm telling you this so you can hold me accountable. I'll post my daubs and my masterpieces throughout the year so I can measure my progress. Part of the point of this experiment is to feel comfortable sharing my failures as well as my successes.

Let me know if you've made any resolutions this year regarding your art. And if you need any paper - I have plenty!