Saturday, August 8, 2009

Creating An Extraordinary Picture Book Panel: Kadir Nelson

It helps to have a good editor, says Kadir, especially when he's not writing the text of a picture book. It's good to have support as he works in solitude. He likes the fresh eye of an editor to look at his sketches or his manuscript.

He's telling us about sending a manuscript to his agent, something that he'd been working on for months. He asked his agent (Steven Malk), "does this stink?" Steve, he said, didn't tell him is was bad, but, in his tactful way, told him he needed to keep working on it, and that there were gems in his work. He like to have the encouragement to help him get from B+ work to A+ work.


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