Author Takes Students Behind-the-Scenes of Writing & Publishing a Kids Book

Author Takes Students Behind-the-Scenes of Writing & Publishing a Kids Book

Where is Pidge?


COMING UP: Learn more about Where is Pidge?  here and make sure to reserve a spot on your calendar for when Pidge's illustrator Bill DeOre speaks at UD on Feb. 24 at 6 p.m. in the Art History Auditorium. Michelle Staubach Grimes will also share her experiences establishing Pidge Media, LLC, on Feb. 24 at 3:30 p.m. in Gorman Faculty Lounge.

Children's author Michelle Staubach Grimes took UD students "behind-the-scenes" of the 18 month long process of writing, illustrating and editing her book "Where is Pidge?" Tuesday, Feb. 10.

Staubach Grimes estimates that there were probably 50 drafts between conceiving the idea in fall 2013 and the book that will be available in stores in late March.

"You want to get things right the first time, and you won't. But it's OK because there's just so much to learn from everybody," said Staubach Grimes.

In "Where is Pidge?" Pidge gets frustrated with life as the middle child in a big family and runs away, only to get stuck in the houses laundry chute. The book, according to Staubach Grimes, is sprinkled with details from her life and childhood.

During the presentation, Staubach Grimes discussed story arcs, pacing and the pros and cons of different publishing options. She decided to self-publish Where is Pidge? in order to have a more collaborative relationship with her illustrator, Bill DeOre. Students saw proofs from different points in the process and asked questions of Staubach Grimes, whose career included practicing law and sports marketing before she turned to writing.

Pidge is more than just a frizzy haired title character to Staubach Grimes she's also a thank you to her parents, Roger and Marianne, and an advocate in a case close to Staubach Grimes heart: literacy. Pidge has become a rallying point in Staubach Grimes campaign to promote literacy through the Pidge Promise, promises people make to promote reading among their families and friends.


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