I’ve made no secret of the fact that I’d love to sell more trade books (the kind like Stampede, where I write a book I love and find a publisher who wants to publish it). And I do have two more in the works for 2011 and 2012–yay! But right now, at least, my bread and butter is writing books on assignment for educational publishers. I teach about it (in fact, I have a new self-paced workbook version of my online course) and live it–I almost always have at least one book, if not several, in progress.
When I get assigned to write a book on a topic I love, that’s the best! Right now, I’m working on a book for upper elementary school kids that I just love. It’s about how to use photos to inspire and strengthen your poetry. How perfect is that?
The book has 14 spreads, and I’m working hard to turn it in before a three-day event that I have next week. Yesterday, I wrote 4 spreads, and I’m aiming to do 3-4 today. It’s a blast writing nuggets about ways to use photos, and then also writing sample poems and poetry prompts for the kids. I think this book is going to be so cool–but only if I get to work!