I’ve been wanting to become a children’s book author and illustrator for… well, let’s just say it’s always been in the back of my mind, maybe even subconsciously as a very young person. Now it’s in the front of my mind and has been for the last 3 years. It’s what I really want to be when I grow up (I’m 41). I finally have a book that I’ve written and illustrated that the perfectionist in me says, “It’s ready and more than good enough-it’s great!” Of course, I still have my doubts but I also feel that it’s time. “It’s time, Patricia!” It’s time to get out there and try to get published. I’m going to share my journey with you here, wherever it may lead. I’ve honestly been studying the children’s book industry for the past couple of years. I’m a member of the SCBWI and I’ve attended some wonderful conferences and met amazing writers and illustrators and people just like me who want to succeed. I go to the library and check all the award winning picture books and hot new artists and writers. Now that I’m more familiar with the industry (although I’m pretty sure I’ve just scratched the surface), I’ve started researching agents and publishers. I’m going to send out queries and see what happens. Not all at once! Because you’re not supposed to do that but to those people or agents who I feel I could connect with and who my book may fit with. If that doesn’t work well, on to the next blog post. My book is called “The Griffin” and here’s a tiny glimpse of it (very tiny). Wish me luck!