I just didn't know I couldn't do it. Then I got careless, and the next book took three years of work, and a lot of help from the publisher, but it too, Looking for Susie, was published.
I have since self-published The Little Puppy That Lost Its Tail, and had another picture book 'printed', but not 'published'. Only about 50 copies for friends & their children. Then I sold Shorty And That Cat to the Japanese publisher who now had all three of the other books. A Korean publisher also has The Curious Little Kitten, and has expressed an interest in the others.
2009: I am now 84 going on 85. I still dabble a bit in writing, and have a manuscript almost ready for submission. It has a lot of animal photos in it, and I am now waiting for my son, a photographer, to provide first class photos for the book. One of our SCBWI-Michigan members, Sherry Wells, was kind enough to take a look at it and gave me some excellent suggestions.
The Little Fish book is currently with HarperCollins, and has been in print since 1956, in one form or another. The other books are not now in print in the USA, but are still in Japan and one in Korea. I have found Japanese and Korean publishers are happy to take a look at what you have, and while slow with the royalties, are very nice to work with.
I do enjoy our group, and have learned much from our members. Wish we had some members in Michigan's U.P. where the weather is cold and gets colder.
Bernadine: Just the one mentioned above.
Bernadine: I have not done many appearances since moving to the U.P.
Bernadine: There are so many 'favorite' places in Michigan, Greenfield Village, Mackinac Island, Tahquamenon Falls, etc. But if I had to pick just one in which to spend a day, it would be The Hartwick Pines, off I-75 near Houghton Lake. There is a little church there at the end of a trail, lumbering museum, and, of course, the pines! An original stand of the most beautiful trees I've ever seen.
Bernadine: That whatever it is you want to find, you can most likely find it in Michigan.
I'd love to hear from any of those who might want to visit with me.