All of this came about because of one thing that happened. I got an e-mail from CBI (Children's Book Insider). The e-mail was about the release of Amazon's new software, The Kindle Kid Book Creator. When I first read that e-mail, I pushed it off to the side because I thought, 'Oh, I wouldn't know how to do that.' I didn't delete. So it stayed in my e-mail for a while. Then a few weeks later, I get another e-mail from CBI that the creators of CBI are offering a video course on how to create a kids book using the Kindle Kid Book Creator, and I thought, 'Oh, now that's a different thing!' If they can show me how to use it, then I want to try it. Besides, it sounded like fun. Then a few weeks after that, I get another e-mail from CBI about the release of the new Kindle for kids from Amazon. So they are looking for content.
My problem is that they are assuming with this software that you already have a story with picture to go. I don't. I have wanted to write and illustrate a picture book for a long time, but I was always afraid that I would get rejected a lot, and I didn't like the idea of spending all that time, and postage on something that may not happen. That turned me off, so I never I never committed anything to paper. This changes things for me.