Be The Help


Be encouraging to your fellow writers. Since starting down this path of writing picture books I have encountered some truly amazing people. Whether it is through Facebook groups, SCBWI meetings or twitter, people who are total strangers have taken the time to read my stories.  Some offer great insights. Others I have found just want someone to critique their work and don't really give you anything helpful in return.  It frustrates me that there are people out there trying to get their work in faster than anyone. A tactic that I don't think will work anyway.  Then there are the "good people" that have become solid, consistent helpers to me that are worth more than gold.  They reread each revision. They give solid feedback. Most importantly they encourage. It is not a competition.  We all know that picture book market is huge. Like Kim and Kanye huge. Like Taylor Swift huge.  But not Pokemon Go huge. LOL. HA HA HA. But it is not big enough that you shouldn't take the time to go that extra mile to help someone. In the few short months that I have been going at this with serious effort I have learned a tremendous amount.  As a practice I try to spend time helping anyone that I can on their journey.  I am like Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock. I jump in any movie to help make it better. Be encouraging to your fellow writers. Even if you only interact with them one time, make sure you give it your all. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Arthur

A children's picture book writer who lives in Texas with his wife and daughter. James lived in Taiwan for two years where he taught English and wrote stories for an international children's magazine.

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