I have a famous cat. (It's a long story - I'll write a separate blog post about it some other time.) My cat has over twenty thousand followers on Facebook now, and people love to hear how we hand-raised him into the handsome hell-raiser he is today.
I've decided to turn his story into a picture book for children. In the book a young girl called Kate finds a kitten, takes him home and names him. I've written the text and now I'm developing some working sketches.
My plan is to send the manuscript and the sketches to some publishers. It will take a while for the manuscript to get around all the publishers I've identified, and while that's happening I'll complete the final illustrations. That way even if no publishers are interested I'll be ready to self-publish by the time my proposal's done the rounds.
I'll keep you posted about my journey - and in the meantime, if you have any tips for me please let me know!
2023 Burns fellow Kathryn van Beek has an MA from Victoria University Wellington - Te Herenga Waka’s International Institute of Modern Letters. She is a winner of the Mindfood Short Story Competition and the Headland Prize. Her collection of short stories, Pet, is available as a podcast, and her work has also appeared in Overland, takahē, Newsroom, and the Sunday Star-Times. She lives in UNESCO City of Literature Ōtepoti Dunedin with her two rescue cats.