Author Alexander McConduit never planned on becoming an author until the words The Little Who Dat, Who Didn’t magically appeared in his mind and later became the title for his first self-published children’s book. The tale, however, will resonate with all ages: It’s about a little boy named Buddy who has a love/hate relationship with the New Orleans Saints.
A second book followed shortly after, Snowballs for All, and McConduit has since quit his job in social media marketing for the world’s largest gaming company to focus full-time on his writing.
Although McConduit will be the first to point out that the children’s books market is the most over-saturated in the industry, he has found success with New Orleans (and the Saints) on his side. He plans on writing more children’s stories, keeping the focus on our city and the things that make it so special.
Besides bringing joy to little “who dats” who read his books, McConduit wanted to share his feelings of success in creating something with elementary school students throughout the city, by starting his latest venture, W.R.I.T.E.
W.R.I.T.E. (Write Read Illustrate to Educate) is a program designed to take students from across the New Orleans metro area and transform them into published authors. The program takes each young aspiring author through the brainstorming, creative writing, editing, formatting, illustrating, and publishing processes.
At the end of the three-week program, each participant will receive two free copies of his/her book, with an option to order as many more as they like. They can also develop business skills by selling their books online at Amazon.com or at local bookstores.
Although W.R.I.T.E. is definitely McConduit’s main focus right now (the first series begins in early September) he is also working on his own publishing company, Big Boot Books, and plans to release his next book this fall.
For more information on Alex check out www.thelittlewhodatwhodidnt.com.
Rachel Kostelec writes about New Orleans people and events for NolaVie.