@JQ Yeah I think the market is really very different here. The reason the government offers that grant is because they are pretty much desperate for locally produced mother tongue books because none of the commercial publishers would do it out of their own pocket, because as you said it, they are loss-making ventures. Relying on imports from China/Malaysia/India may not be too relatable for the kids who grow up here and as a results mother tongue proficiency is dying in the younger generation to the point that they are no longer native speakers of their mother tongue language.
My approach is basically if I get the grant, I will move forward and "pay" the publishers using government money. Remember that you can also claim author and illustrator fee if selected for the grant. If I don't get it I'll submit the English manuscript for traditional publishing route.
Just my 2 cents. Your approach might be different and thats okay too 👌 But from what I am seeing you have a pretty high chance of getting if you keep up this quality of work and strengthen it with the feedback from people here. You can do it!!
@Russ-Van-Dine This concept made me lol especially because my dog would absolutely be derailed by a ball. Your cars are amazing. Maybe have the rabbit throwing the balls have a basket of them like they could go all day?
I agree with all of the above. The two compositions look great for two different purposes! To me, the first option looks more like it’s setting the scene, as the text is, and the second one looks like you’ve now entered into the action and are learning more about some individual characters.
Awesome concept. I would love to be able to say at this place. I like the overall colour as well. It could be just me, but the scale of the stairs look a little big to me compared to the building structures though. Excellent job!