Un-Monday: Ursula Nordstrom on risk

With National Picture Book Writing Week well underway, I’ve been thinking  about the risky enterprise of writing a children’s book. Oh sure, the undertaking of the project ITSELF is an exercise in bravery–especially a picture book with all of its unspoken rules about compelling page-turns and the nuances of telling stories between art and text. But the personal risks are just as daunting:  Do I know the market well enough? Has this been done before? What if it’s terrible? And what of your dear reader, you wonder?  What if the book I write doesn’t match expectations?  Is this appropriate material for X age? Is this book offensive to some people or groups, and if so, am I pushing boundaries or just missing the mark? From concept to creation, there are countless reasons to quit while you’re ahead.

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