For many years, I have been fortunate enough to earn an income partially by reading stories to children. Now this is probably the best part of my work . I will acknowledge that there are certainly some less tasteful aspects to being a preschool teacher but right now I want to focus on what really makes me love my job. Reading stories to children is what turns my daily work into what feels like play.
I love to watch them as the story unfolds. Not every story time is magical but when the mood is just right, the children lean forward waiting on every word. Their facial expressions change to match the emotion in the story; they laugh and sometimes at the end, they even applaud!
After many years of reading to children, I feel a strong desire to write my own stories. I enrol in a writing course but it is during the summer and the course gets cancelled. Still, my calling for writing children’s stories is strong enough that I do a little research about how to write a good story and then I just dive in.
In the end, I am incredibly pleased with my first story and at this point, I have read it aloud (without any illustrations) to a couple of my classes. I know that they enjoyed the story; I have no doubt. But now I am faced with a challenge; how do I take this story and make it into a published form of literature? If there is any one out there with a similar experience; I’d love to hear from you. Do you have ideas or suggestions? Where do I go from here?