Writing Partner: A Cute Creepy Crawly

Sometimes you just can’t avoid it. You work as hard as you can, try and put it off by working on new projects. Sometimes it can’t just be about the art… sometimes you need to try and sell something.

That’s what I’m working on this week, writing and sending out query letters for a book I wrote a few years ago. It’s a project that got shelved after the last wave of queries resulted in silence and rejection letters. Recently I decided to give it another shot.

It will be a lot of work creating proposal packages for the 30+ publishers I want to submit to. Such a large amount of, let’s be honest, kind of boring work would be really hard to do alone. As such I have picked out a writing partner for the project.

It’s a children’s book about monsters. This means I need to find a partner that’s monstrous, but also approachable. This would be a perfect project for a Warhammer squig, but sadly I don’t have any of those lying around. So I got my wife to help me pick out the perfect mini for this project from my sea of unpainted plastic.

This is what caught our eye:

A Carrion Crawler mini from the WizKidz line of pre-primed minis.

I’m not sure it’s everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s cute.

Because the project in question is a children’s book I’m painting this with bright heavily contrasting colors. I’m thinking lime green and purple. Big red eyes. Dribbling slime trails. Cute, right? The kind of mini a younger version of me would have really gravitated towards. Does it fit with the aesthetics of the book? No, not at all. But it feels right, and I think that’s what matters.

Stay tuned for an update on my submission process and to see the finished mini!

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