The Working Writer Podcast recently featured Team Little Quotes by Little Folks to discuss the making of our book. Each episode, the podcast features a specific topic related to working as a writer. Our episode is about working in teams, focusing on the culmination of years of learning to collaborate. We share how our completely virtual team (we’ve never met IRL!) came together to create an actual book.
Collaborating as a Team to Create an Illustrated Book
We got our start collaborating on HitRecord. HitRecord provides artists a platform to throw ideas and art on the wall and see what sticks. Creatives post their writing, visual art, photography, acting, music, and even idea-generation and brainstorming challenges, and anyone can participate in anything.
Little Quotes by Little Folks is an independent spin-off project; we’re all HitRecord alums. Jake Olson, Rebecca Carter, Tia Levings and Sarah Webster Plitt: the four of us wanted to make a book, and we had the collective skills + collaboration experience to do it.
This interview goes into the nitty-gritty of what we learned from the experience and each other as we made a book as a team. You’ll be able to get to know us better and get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the book. We recorded this episode right before the book launched in November 2020, and we’ve now seen our book is a success.
We had a great time catching up and cracking up — our book is funny! You can listen here or anywhere you get podcasts.
Collaborating with Parents Around the World
Not only did we collaborate with each other as artists, but we invited parents from around the world to be a part of creating Little Quotes by Little Folks. Each children’s quote that is illustrated in the book was contributed by a parent. There’s something special about getting contributions from the public – you never know what you are going to get, but at the same time, they are all so relatable. That’s part of what makes the kid quotes so funny to read.
Ideas for the Future
We do discuss what’s next for Little Quotes by Little Folks, though you may find that it is constantly changing and evolving. Since recording this episode, we have launched our new Community as a Facebook Group so that YOU can get to know US better and WE can get to know YOU better.