When it came time to think about promoting No Monkeys, No Chocolate, I knew I’d do the standard stuff—Teachers Guide, Storytime Guide, Activity Sheets, reach out to bloggers, solicit radio and print interviews, etc. But I also wanted to do something special, something unique, something useful.
That’s when I remembered all those stunned kids. I can only reach out to so many of them at in-person visits or via Skype. How could I share the idea that revision is the heart of writing with them? How could I let them know that creating a book takes hard work, dedication, and patience? Kids shouldn’t balk at the idea of revising their writing assignments once or twice or even three times. Just like playing a sport or learning a musical instrument, writing takes practice.
To communicate that message, I decided to create a Revision Timeline the tells the story behind the book. Here’s a picture of how I set up my office while filming the videos. I set the camera on top of all those books.
The timeline is a combination of clickable elements—videos, WIP manuscripts, an interview with my editor, sample sketches, and even “final” art that didn’t make it into the book. I hope you’ll check it out.