A novel idea!
Dear Miss Snark:
I found out about your Blog courtesy of Anastasia Suen's listserv for people who write and illustrate children's books. I love the blog and I check it out every day. It's a warming cup of java and a healthy kick in the ass at the same time. In my business--the children's book world--anything that puts a smile on my face is something I hold on to; it seems like there is yet another Madonna lurking around every corner. Don't even get me started on Martha.
My question for you is: why aren't you writing novels? You know what's good and what's not. You know the industry. Your Snarkliness is extremely entertaining. Or, maybe you have and I don't know it, since I am a new Snarkling and off in my own little kids' book universe.
Nosey minds want to know...
P.S. Please try not to go on vacation again any time soon.
Miss Snark came back from the summer hols and immediately got out the date book to figure out when she could close up shop for Christmas. Not not not a good sign. But I digress.
You're kind to suggest I'm entertaining and capable of writing a novel. I assure you I am not. Novel writing requires imagination, and of that I have none. I'm a literal minded, semi-colon sniffing, snarkly eyed, snake oil salesman. I do know what's good, but I can't create it.
To misquote Justice Stewart about pornography "I know it when I see it but I can't actually do it".
I have the utmost respect for people who can look at a blank page and come up with something other than "it was a dark and stormy night". Almost everything I write about here, I've seen elsewhere or stolen shamelessly from colleagues. I can come up with a sentence or maybe a page, but then..nada. The blog post is a PERFECT size for me, as are cover letters, and Christmas cards.
Thanks for the compliment, I consider it highest praise.