Bragging rights.

A true, though somewhat exaggerated but not too far off the mark, social interaction. And not verbatim.
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I understand that career bragging tends to be industry specific. And the appreciation of the brag may be determined by your understanding of that industry. The difference with children’s publishing is that when we brag, it is just as likely that we’ll be bragging about someone other than ourselves. We support each other and celebrate each other’s successes as if they were our own. Every success seems a shared success. So it is difficult when at a non-industry social function discussion of work comes up. I’m usually met with polite acknowledgement of my update on what I’m working on. Then the subject quickly shifts. It’s difficult, but I’m okay with it. We all like to think what we do is interesting to everybody. But it’s not. If nothing else, I’ve learned to be a better listener to other people’s brags and try to be engaged. And in the end, I know where to find my kid lit peeps to rally with!

—kevan atteberry

http://kevanatteberry.com

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20 responses to “Bragging rights.

  1. Somehow, even without the bunny ears, I knew that the figure on the far right was you, Kevan!

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  2. Kevan, I’m wondering how many of those non-kidlit peeps have kids? I’d hope that at least some with young children would be excited about your bunnies! And if they’re not, well, you seem to understand that it’s maybe their loss, and no big deal.

    RE: “The difference with children’s publishing is that when we brag, it is just as likely that we’ll be bragging about someone other than ourselves. We support each other and celebrate each other’s successes as if they were our own. Every success seems a shared success.”

    Thanks for reminding us all about this. Paul Czajak wrote a great post about this sense of sharing a cooperation a couple of months back on Writers’ Rumpus: http://writersrumpus.com/2013/06/18/the-odd-world-of-writing-for-children/

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  3. Aren’t kid lit peeps the BEST???

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  4. You can brag to us anytime, Kevan! We love to hear about your successes, and your Bunnies! 🙂

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  5. Kevan, I always love it when it’s your turn to post because I know that I’ll laugh (the spatulas started it and then your mental pause over the fish feeding app finished me off), that there will be great art and that you will also have something worth saying about our funny world. Thanks.

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  6. I try to work “bunnies” into EVERY social interaction. But they seem to have short attention spans.
    XOXO to you Kevan. Brilliant!

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  7. Great post, Kevan! We are ALWAYS impressed by bunnies! I love the kidlit community. 🙂

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  8. Yay for bunnies and kidlit peeps! ❤

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  9. Hilarious and on the money, as usual. BUNNY POWER, YO

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  10. Aww, you’re too modest! I bet the crowd wakes right up when !!BUNNIES!! interrupt the venture capital convo!

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  11. Bunnies are important and worth bragging about. After all, they can lead to lovely awards like the Caldecott. 🙂

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  12. Brag away, Kevan! I wish I could draw bunnies half (even a tenth) as well as you.

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  13. Dude, I LOVE your bunnies.

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