You love writing.
I love writing.
I love creating stories, their characters, their worlds, whether they’ll ever get read by anyone else or not.
I have so many ideas swirling around my head, so many more spewed out onto digital paper, both for children, and adults.
Picture books are my absolute favorite.
They’re where I want my writing to be focused, and where my writing is focused.
I recently sent out my polished PB MS to another half dozen agents a couple days ago, already getting one form rejection. I wasn’t disheartened. It was actually kinda nice to get a response, positive or negative, considering half of my ‘No’ responses from agents and small publishers to this MS are because of time, rather than an actual response, even with a friendly nudge after four months.
But this means more overall. Once it hits a certain number, I wonder if it’s the MS, and that it needs some new eyes on it.
Enter Eastern Pennsylvania Society for Children's Books Writers and Illustrators (hereforth called EPA SCBWI- I’m hoping why is obvious).
We have our annual conference coming up in April, from the 12th to the 14th. Part of the experience is being able to submit a manuscript/ first pages/ portfolio for critiquing for a lower than usual price something like this would cost.
I have two that I love, that I think are ready to submit- one that I have submitted many times, and one tht has gone out only a few times. It was time to get new eyes on Number One, but I thought why not get another pair of eyes on Number Two, while sending Number Three in for addition to the critique group option. Number Three is the next one I want to have submission ready should One or Two garner interest and an agent/ editor ask for more submission ready work.
Despite the No responses, and feeling like I have two manuscripts submission ready, and a third close-ish, you need to keep going. If this is something you LOVE to do, then you can’t stop. If you have a dream, any dream, you have to chase it. That’s what life is for. Chasing your dreams- no, achieving your dreams.
So, no matter what it is, whatever it is you want to do, chase after it, keep going.