Exciting Update + a Crazy Twist

I actually have some cool news. A few weeks ago, I heard about Madness! Poetry, a children’s poetry competition. I applied by writing a poem based on a prompt, and I was selected to be in the tournament. 64 bracketed “authletes” compete head-to-head throughout the month of March à la NCAA March Madness. This Sunday, March 5th, I’ll be assigned a word and I’ll have 36 hours to write a children’s poem. My competitor will do the same. Then kids, other poets, and the masses will vote. I am excited and a bit nervous. Either way, it should be fun … Continue reading Exciting Update + a Crazy Twist

February Update

February has been a good writing month despite the last week being a bit emotionally rocky. I don’t know if it’s postpartum, or just my normal ups and downs, but I’ve been a bit rough, and that’s okay. Overall, I am super happy with my progress. I am slowly finding ways to make time to get my butt in the chair and write. Mostly, this is between the hours of 10:30PM-3:30AM. It’s slow going, but I am improving. Here are a few things I was able to accomplish this past month: Wrote and submitted 3 poems Received 2 rejections Posted … Continue reading February Update

The Sweet Reception of Rejection

So it is official! I have heard back from two publishing houses thus far (David Fickling Books and Boyds Mills Press). Drum roll please…..both form rejections! If it seems like I am excited, it is because I am. Is it a bummer to be rejected? Sort of. But in all honesty, it just feels good to know that my work is being read by editors, even if its not their cup of tea.  I am actually proud of myself for getting my stuff out there. And, besides, there’s still hope. I still have 9 more publishers to hear from. If … Continue reading The Sweet Reception of Rejection

Facing the Fear of Rejection

Well, I finally did it. After prodding and poking my Sam the Bedlamite manuscript, I decided it was time to get it out there. By “out there” I mean submitting it to the publishers, 12 in total. I researched a bunch about all the publishing houses, and I hope that at least one of the 12 is a good fit for my little picture book. But I’ll have to wait and see. This is my first time around the block, after all. I’ve decided to pretty much forget that I sent it off, and then be surprised and excited to hear … Continue reading Facing the Fear of Rejection

That Gut-wrenching Feeling…

Well, here it is 3:23 AM and I feel like that nagging feeling in the pit of my stomach has finally eased just a little bit. Back in May of 2011, I finally typed up my first draft of a picture book named Sam the Bedlamite. It felt good to finally get it out on paper, and I have done 6 different drafts of my little 750 word story. The last revision I finished back in November. The next step seemed like the largest, most daunting part of all: the dreaded query letter! I read somewhere that perhaps one of the … Continue reading That Gut-wrenching Feeling…