Monday, May 23, 2011

Success Breeds Success

When I first began writing books for children, I remember being so excited when any of the other writers I knew shared their good news.  Their success was encouraging!

Now, I have a little news of my own.  I just learned today that iStorybooks not only made Amazon.com's Top 100 Android Free App lists, but ranks #52.  Since my first children's book for iStorybooks came out yesterday, I'm excited.  Hope you'll all share in the success and find encouragement to keep on writing!

If you haven't yet seen my latest book, a retelling of The Three Little Pigs, check it out for FREE at iStorybooks!

(Oh, and I should add...I still get tickled pink whenever I see another author post good news!  So share yours with me...and keep all of us motivated to keep on writing.  Comment button is below!)


7 comments:

Kelly Hashway said...

Congrats! This looks adorable. I'm definitely going to check it out. My daughter loves The Three Little Pigs.

Good news? I do have some. This week I received my second picture book contract. Yay! I'm very excited to go through this journey of seeing a manuscript become a book again. I really enjoyed it with my first book.

Miranda "Sibo" Paul said...

Kelly! Thanks for the congrats, and congrats to you! I am so excited about your second picture book contract!

The kids LOVE Dash...and our vaccuum at home is now referred to as a "Super Sweeper 5000!"

Anonymous said...

Please revisit this story. It is rather racially offensive and has content that is in my opinion overtly racist. You have three little pigs, one the color of mud that is lazy by the name of Brownie, another pig that is pinkish in color that is a glutton by the name of pinky, and finally Max who is obviously lighter than the other pigs, looks whitish in color (no reference made to his color) and he turns out to be the only responsible pig and the only pig with a real name. I am not saying this is deliberately racist material on the part of the author, though likely unintentional, this story does not take a stretch of imagination to see the racially offensive nature of it.

Miranda "Sibo" Paul said...

Hi there!

I do appreciate your comment. But if you look at the cover and illustrations, all three pigs are the same color.

I would hope you could also appreciate the fact that I did not use all three original names from The Three Little Pigs (Brownie, Pinky, and Whitey). My assignment was to retell the old, public domain version of this folk tale. I did not just dream up this story on my own, but rewrote it based on an assignment for a publisher.

If you're willing, perhaps you could reveal to me who you are and we can discuss this topic further! I'm a very open minded individual who is committed to appreciation of diversity and multiculturalism. This was my first anonymous post...

Anonymous said...

"Brownie Pinky and Whitey" sums it all. While you should be applauded for recognizing and trying to correct the flaw in the original story, changing Whitey to Max does not make much of a difference. Now if your version was for ex. Brian Pat and Max, that would make a huge difference assuming there was no reference to Brian being the color of mud, etc. As mentioned in my previous post, while most likely not intentional on your part, this story comes across as racist.

Miranda "Sibo" Paul said...

I mistyped in the original comment. The original names in Andrew Lang's The Three Little Pigs are Browny, Whitey, and Blacky. Blacky is the wise pig. If it were published that way, is it still racist?

Should color always be removed when describing any animal in any story?

I'm curious to know what you think of the original.

Anonymous said...

Hi, had you published it with the original names, I think that would have been better. Why would anyone fault an author for making the decision to keep the original names in a story being retold? I had to go back and reread the original; was it racist or could anyone find it racially offensive? Perhaps. Blackey is an offensive term to some but given that he was the wisest, it might be easy to ignore the use of that term. As for Whitey being a greedy pig, if greedy is often associated with Caucasians, then yes i would conclude that the original story is racist. Anyway, I think it would have been best to just change all three names and refrain from odescribing brownie as the color of mud especially since that description was not even in the original story. I am not trying to be negative, I am sure you are very proud of your version of the story, as you should be. I am merely pointing out an issue that jumped out from the page while reading your story to my child.

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