Testimonial from David Israel, Wired.com

Ever think about writing your own children’s book? I have, for many years, actually. Last year, I finally followed through and produced one called Smart Aleck. Here are the steps I took from concept to finished product (in the video, you can see exactly what the finished product looks like in much more detail).

  1. I took my story idea and wrote it down, trying to keep to under 1,000 words, which could work on the ideal page count for a picture book: 32 pages.
  2. Working with a local university, I “auditioned” dozens of illustrators until I found the one whose style I thought best fit what I was picturing.
  3. I settled on a price to pay my new illustrator, Gabe Lin.
  4. Over a couple months, we worked out the look of the characters. Then we storyboarded the book, drawing little sketches of what we wanted to see on each page, leaving room for the text.

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