Complete Idiots

January 23, 2009 at 12:52 pm (A Time to Laugh) (, , , , , , )

Posted by Abigail


Once upon a time I was a children’s writer. I’m not really sure what happened, but that phase of my life faded by and now I co-author this funky little blog for young ladies. Anyway, back in my children’s writer days I borrowed an amazing book by Harold Underdown, called “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books.”

My younger sister Lydia was about seven at the time and was my poor, unsuspecting guinea pig for many a writing project. One day I sat on my bedroom floor studying when she finally spilled a question that had been plaguing her for some time.

Lydia: “Abigail, what’s the person who writes a book called?”

Me: “The Author.”

Lydia: “That’s what I thought. And the person who draws the pictures is the illustrator, right?”

Me: “That’s right.”

Lydia: “And isn’t the person who, like, puts it all together into a book the publisher?”

Me: “You’re so good! Yes.”

Lydia: (Exasperated.) “Then what in the world is an idiot?!”



  1. Miss Jocelyn said,

    LOL That is too cute. Just too cute.

    Miss Jocelyn

  2. deb said,

    Out of the mouth of babes… They say what they think. Cute story…

  3. Miss S. said,

    Heehee! So funny!
    ~Miss S.

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