Posted by: nancyisanders | October 30, 2009

Author Interview: Jennifer S. Burrows

Jennifer Burrows

Meet Author Jennifer S. Burrows!
Blog:
Jennifer S. Burrows Children’s Author

Bio:
I was born and raised in central New York. I had a great childhood with two brothers, one older and one younger. My mom constantly taught us to have fun no matter what, like even if you were stuck in a camper in the rain. My dad was a science teacher and constantly taught us about science. I thought visiting caverns and viewing lunar eclipses in the middle of the night were normal family activities.

I went to college to be a teacher. Both my undergraduate and graduate degrees are in education. I was a fifth grade teacher before my husband and I started our family. I’ve always wanted to write children’s books. And now I do.

canada goose

Featured Book:
The Canada Goose and You
by Jennifer S. Burrows
Illustrated by Margery Day

This nonfiction picture book explains the life and characteristics of the Canada goose by relating them to the child and his world. Each page ends with a question that is answered by “HONK!” — inviting the young listener/reader to “honk” along! Gorgeous illustrations accompany the text. For grades preK to 3.

Interview:
Q: Please share about the amazing journey you took to write and publish this book.
A:
I received a rejection from a publisher for one of my manuscripts. After starting to read, Yes! You Can . . . Write Children’s Books, by Nancy I. Sanders, I decided to try her methods. I queried that same publisher with other ideas better suited to their needs. The publisher was interested in one of the topics, Canada geese. So, I submitted a book proposal on Canada geese. Soon after that, I had a contract to write the book.

Q: Describe part of the research process it took to write this manuscript.
A:
I read many, many books first. Then I studied reputable websites and online references.

Q: What are some of the benefits of belonging to a critique group?
A:
My critique group improves my manuscripts in ways I never could have thought of on my own. I always bring my best writing to my group. Yet, they have never said to me, “Yes, that’s perfect!” Their fresh eyes always find holes in the manuscript and issues I couldn’t see. My manuscripts are always better after I get feedback from my critique group.

Q. Share one tip you would like to give to a children’s author about writing nonfiction.
A:
Don’t be afraid of any topic. You don’t have to be an expert. You just have to be willing to research and learn about a topic.


Responses

  1. Congratulations on this book. It seems like it’s published already? That was fast! How long was the wait time from submitting your final manuscript to getting this cover of your book?
    ~Tina

  2. Tina,
    This book came out VERY quickly! I don’t think I waited a month after the final draft was complete. This isn’t normal. I was really surprised, but happy about it. My previous books took about a year to be in print.
    Jennifer


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