May is Almost Over

With May almost over, I have been asked to read a story or two from my self-published book, Little Stories for Little Folks, to a kindergarten class at the last elementary school where I taught. Better late than never! I look forward to seeing little kids and hearing their questions.

As far as submitting, I’ve been gearing up for that. I narrowed down the publishers that have books similar to my stories. Then I went through and wrote down which of my manuscripts might be good matches for that particular publishing company and stuck it on the index card I made for each with their submission guidelines. I hope to send off six or eight cover letters or query letters come June.

This summer promises to be a busy one! Time will tell! I’ll let you know if I get any “bites” on my stories!

 

At Last!

Easter has come and gone already. What a beautiful day it was, weatherwise as well! I love seeing all the flowers outside and the trees full of green leaves, not bare. The buebonnets have come and gone, but they were gorgeous this year!

At last, at the end of March, I sent off my revised manuscript to the editor who asked me to send it to her when I finished revising it. I am keeping my fingers crossed and saying a little prayer that she’ll like it.

Other than that, I’ve hit a wall! Talk about writer’s block! I have so many other stories, shorter and for a younger audience, that I need to revise and send off again, but after so many rejections, I’ve gotten discouraged, I guess. But I do not want to give up. I’ll try again when the spirit moves me!

Well, let me know how you are doing and what you’re writing about. I’d love to hear from you!

 

 

 

Time is Fleeing

Can you believe it’s already March? I’ve spent the last couple of months still revising my mid-grade Medieval novel, which is mainly for boys 10-12. It has 18 chapters, so the rewrite is taking me awhile, to say the least. I’m taking some of it to my critique group tomorrow. They generally give me useful suggestions for revising.

Well, I’ll believe it’s Spring when I finally see some bluebonnets around here! We’ve had a fairly warm winter, except for two days when it got below freezing and killed a few of my plants. Some that I trimmed are coming back to life; some didn’t make it.

Sounds like my stories: Some have been worked on and improved; others just didn’t make it, in my estimation. Now I want to add new ones (when I finish revising this novel) to see if they’ll bloom and flourish!

See you next time!

 

A New Year, a New Beginning…

After all the hustle and bustle of the holidays, both pre and post, it’s already the middle of January of the new year! During this time, I met with my former writing coach who encouraged me to revise my mid-grade novel by coming up with new ideas and situations. So, it was back to the research to see if any ideas occurred. I wrote a couple of extra chapters and intend to keep tweaking my manuscript till it feels finished! Then I’ll resubmit it to publishers.

Writing query letters is like shooting an arrow into the sky; you know not where it’s going to land! No matter how many of them I write, I’m never sure if they have the right tone or the correct ingredients. But I won’t give up! I’ve already written well over a hundred of them, so it should become easier. I’ll give it the “old college try”! Will let you know if I have any success.

Novels VS. Easy Readers

Though novels are definitely harder to write, I have written many easy readers (not picture books), which have been almost as difficult to revise. Apparently, the market likes picture books, then novels (or in some cases, chapter books, and finally, easy books. Because of my background, I love writing easy books (up to 2500 words), but there seems to be little demand for such. Have you had this experience, too?

Learning theTrade

For the past 10 years, I have been learning as much as I can about how to get a book ready for publishing and the publishing field, as well. Somewhere in the middle of those years, things began to change in the publishing field. Still, I think a good story remains a good story, and that while methods of operation are becoming different than in years past, it still takes a well-crafted story to get published.
My concern is that people without a lot of experience behind them are the first to read and evaluate a story. Maybe it’s possible that writers who deserve to be published are passed over due to this fact. It doesn’t seem fair!
Right now, I’m finding out about what makes a (hopefully) successful cover or query letter. This seems to vary from publishing house to publishing house. Very frustrating! I’ll keep trying, though.

Christmas is Almost Here

November somehow slipped away from me–too much going on! Now Christmas is two days away! It seems that before we know it, the New Year will be here and we start all over again! But, that’s life!

After months of uncertainty about revising my mid-grade novel, I finally thought of two additional chapters to include, plus some material to leave out. This was not easy, as many of you have found out who try to revise a novel you feel is already complete! The original came to me easily, so I hoped that rewriting and incorporating an editor’s (actually two) suggestions would be simple. Not so!

Now I’ll be resubmitting my novel (at one of the editor’s request), plus I intend to send it out to lots of other publishers. It’s almost 32,000 words, so of course, I’ll send queries first and keep my fingers crossed!

Till 2017, have a wonderful holiday season!