(I sorta promise this will maybe be the last self-promoting post on this blog possibly.)
|Trust me, the grasshopper|
is just out of frame.
© Martin Kozicki
Ever since I was knee-high to a grasshopper I have adored books and loved writing. Considering the fact that I've always been quite tall, that's always been a pretty big grasshopper. I'm also fairly sure his name is Fred.
Anyhow, my writing career began in 1993 when I started an online entertainment magazine, one of the first of its kind. Four years and plenty of debt later, I took a sales job to pay the bills and found out I wasn't half bad at it. Still, my entrepreneurial spirit loathed the rigors of 9-5, cliché corporate culture, and ivory tower upper management who ultimately controlled my success through lateral promotions and arbitrary policy changes.
Some stuff happened (and by "stuff" I mean marriage, kids, and a mortgage) and when 2005 rolled around I co-founded what has now become a successful marketing and consulting firm. This has led to freedom from The Man™ and power over my own destiny. I'm like Don Draper meets Luke Skywalker. Hooray, me.
Most of my day is spent writing corporate communication and marketing copy. The rest is filled with approving ad layouts and fueling my Starbucks addiction with conveniently scheduled client meetings. It's a fun job, and most of my clients are awesome. But I'd be lying if I said I don't dream of hiring my replacement and "going pro" as an author.
|Venti chai with soy, 7 pumps,|
no water, no foam.
Recently the idea was presented to me that, as a father of three amazing kids, I should try my hand at children's book writing. It sounded easy enough, until someone else pointed out that truncating a coherent story down to just 300 words is often more challenging than writing a novel.
As a result, I am now a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI), and recent SCBWI Midsouth conference attendee, where I met plenty of incredible people and obtained a wealth of guidance and information.
My first picture book (My Sister, The Wise) has been written, and is in desperate need of critique and edits. Also, proving the axiom "it's all about who you know", just days after the conference I was tapped to write a series of children's books for an international non-profit. Being very much for-profit myself, rest assured, I will be getting paid.
So forgive the book pun, but it honestly feels like my entire life is about to enter another chapter. And that's why I'm here, with Fred.