Tuesday, March 1, 2011

The Final Answers

No, this is not a post about Jeopardy. Alas, just the final answers to the comments from my Tabula Rasa post.

Raquel Byrnes asked: Who is your dream publisher? If you could chose who would do it...who would you want?


I know this isn't what you were asking, but any publisher who loves my work would be my dream publisher. There are a lot of great publishers out there, small, medium and large, and they all have place in this industry for the different things they do. I simply hope to work with people who are excited by my book.

The Golden Eagle, another 2-question comment, asked first: What's one thing about writing that, before you wrote, you never imagined would come up? (Presuming you haven't been writing since, you know, birth.)


Hmmm . . . this is perhaps the hardest question I've gotten. But I think I never imagined learning about the body's reaction to certain kinds of deaths or diseases. Fortunately I have my personal research assistant (aka my husband) to help me out with these. It's pretty weird to ask him questions about how quickly a dead body gets rigor mortis (a couple of hours in case your interested . . . and after about 24 hours, the rigor mortis clears up. Not something you see in the movies, eh?).

And question #2: And, was it awesome to have your picture taken with Oscar?

I just have to say that Oscar was such a pleasure to work with at that photo shoot! He knows all the tricks like putting vaseline on your teeth (though he did suggest adding a drop or two of green food coloring since my teeth were "way too white" according to him). Very pleasurable photo shoot. :D

And finally, Connie Arnold asked: Do your children give you much input about your writing?

My children are still young enough that they don't exactly give input. But they do give A LOT of inspiration! I've written several pictures books (still in the editing stages) that were inspired directly by them. Children definitely spew idea-fodder all the time.

So there we are, I've finally answered all the questions I received. Thanks again for the questions and for stopping in!

12 comments:

Joanne said...

I always enjoy the way the writing process, and the research involved, teaches me, opens my eyes to new ways of seeing things. Writing is definitely an education in itself.

This was a fun series ...

The Golden Eagle said...

Thank you for answering my questions! :)

There are things I never imagined learning about, too--if I didn't write, I'm sure Google wouldn't have gotten nearly as much use. LOL.

Beth said...

And thanks for all your answers! I've enjoyed getting to know you a little better.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

I've been thinking I'd like to do picture books one day. But man, a lot goes into those--way more work than one would think.

Love that you got to pose with Oscar. Where was that?

Great answers, Janet!

WritingNut said...

Great answers... I loved getting to know you better! Hehe.. Oscar was one of my fav's :)

Racquel Henry said...

Amen to your answer on what publisher would be your dream publisher! A lot of writers feel that way! Also you should check out my blog post from this Monday. Perhaps there's a surprise waiting! ;)

Carol Riggs said...

Great answers, esp to #1! Happy writing, Janet, and have a great rest of the week!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

I love it when blog authors share info about themselves. :D

Stina Lindenblatt said...

I never got the vaseline thing. That stuff taste gross. And I can guarantee it would end up on my tongue. :P

Tracy said...

That Oscar is such a trip! Sneaky though. He really should forego the vaseline and get a tweezer for those brows of his though...I'm just sayin'.

Missed Periods said...

The question about your dream publisher made me realize how little I really know about publishers. I guess I'm like you- whoever will take me.

Diana Paz said...

How fun! And I agree on the dream publisher-- whoever wants my book!

Cute blog and great post! :)