The Secret Origin of the Little Creeps!

“Where do you get your ideas?”

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– Harlan Ellison 

Asked where the baby monsters that people my quirky rhyming lullaby came from, I can say one of three things:

  1. “Go to Sleep, Little Creep” was an improvised lullaby my Wise Wife and I would sing to our infant daughter Olivia.
  2. It mutated from a Looney Tune earworm planted in my fertile baby brain decades ago, as Sylvester the Cat sang to Elmer Fudd, “Go to Sleep, Go to Sleep, Close your Big Bloodshot Eyes…”
  3. It was a placeholder hook spontaneously thrown into proposal mode when two different production company and a book publisher asked me, “What are you writing next, David?”

Asked where the baby monsters came from, I can say one of these three things – and they would all be true.

  • Lullaby: She may cringe when we sing her awake in the morning, but Olivia always loved it when Wise Wife and I sang her to sleep. Traditional lullabies, gentle pop, jazz vocalese…  and even improvisations like “Go to Sleep, Little Creep.” (And what’s your favorite, kiddo?) Good night, my Wolf Girls.
  • Looney Tune: Show, don’t tell, remember?
  • What’s next?: One pragmatic hack I’ll never forget from writing for comic books and film: always have an answer to “What else have you got, David?” Oh yeah, have an answer even if you make it up on the spot. Some call that BS, but I call it inspiration. So, quick story, it’s 2009-10, artist Devon Devereaux are actively producing The Littlest B****: A Not for Children Children’s Book ™ for our editor Mark at Sellers Publishing and we get the question, “What’s next?”

Then the same question from a producer within Disney XD.

Then concept co-creator Michael Davis and I get the “What’s next?” again from Wild Brain, fun little company doing Yo Gabba Gabba at that time.

You get my point. “Go to Sleep…” was on my pitch list for years before I finally wrote (and rewrote and rewrote…) and finally sold it via my Agent and Sister from Another Mister, Bernadette Baker Baughman.

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From a pitch doc

It may take years for hooks to grow up to be books – nothing can happen till the writer’s done the writer’s work, but you have to have the hooks primed and ready when they ask, “What’s next?”

Of course, the creeps would never have yowled to life without the talented Ashley Spires, who fleshed and furred them out to full life on the page, and their godmother and editor supreme, Phoebe Yeh, backed by her team at Crown Books for Young Readers. I’ll have more to say about their talents in future blogs.

 

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Wise Wife’s Bitmoji

 

Go to Sleep, Little Creep, Published by Crown Books for Young Readers
On Sale Jul 24, 2018
ISBN 9781101939444
Copyright 2018, David Quinn
Illustrations copyright 2018 Ashley Spires

 

About Those Creeps

One of the most helpful things you can do to support a creative person is pre-order their work. That’s why I’m asking you to consider pre-ordering my next book

Pre-orders can make or break a book in today’s market.

Pre-orders send powerful signals to retailers and readers: “Pay attention to this book, this author, this illustrator, this publisher!”

Pre-orders encourage retailers to increase initial orders, and to try to place the book where more readers will see it, in person or online. Pre-orders inspire personal recommendations and reviews – vital life blood if you want your book to be available for more than a season, sometimes even just a week.

So if my book looks like something you or someone you know would enjoy, if you would like to help me continue to publish, please pre-order. Call your bookseller. They will thank you, too.

And while I am summoning the audacity to ask, please pre-order, then tell a friend.

And when we meet in person, I’ll thank you by signing your book, inscribed with a personal message to you and yours from your favorite little creep.

Yes, it really is a book for all ages…  and that may surprise some of you who know me for business writing or fiction for adults. But what can I say? I made a good business of writing “not for children” but that’s not the only writing worth giving my life to.

I try to live up to the example of creatives like Maurice Sendak, just to name one, who never patronized children, but made us laugh and nourished our spirits.

So here’s the book:

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Shhhh…  it’s dawn, time for all the baby monsters to go to sleep.

Go to sleep, little creep…

The sun is rising, Mummy’s beat…

From the Tiniest Troll to Dracula’s Daughter, from Lil Godzilla to Little Foot, from Frankenstein Jr. to Wolf Girl, it’s time for every little creep to tuck into a cozy spot for just one more lullaby.

Ready or not.

We’ve had a wild and wooly night,

Now give Daddy one more bite.

So grab your own cuddly critter and snuggle in for a sweet, funny, new bedtime tradition.

 

Go to Sleep, Little Creep

Published by Crown Books for Young Readers

On Sale Jul 24, 2018

ISBN 9781101939444

 

Copyright 2018, David Quinn

Illustrations copyright 2018 Ashley Spires

 

For more information and to pre-order

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