Revise and Resubmit

Within a few weeks of each other, I got the best rejection ever from a small press and a revise and resubmit from an editor!

 

Both had negative comments about the same thing.  Luckily, I’d started working on it after the rejection, and had some ideas by the time I met with the editor at a conference at The Highlights Foundation.

 

The meeting with the editor was part of a paid critique for the Eastern PA SCBWI conference a couple weeks ago. We spent the meeting time discussing what to do, what it needs, and it’s strengths.  I was asked a few more times during the conference if I’m going to resubmit- I took that as a HUGE positive! 

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 And now, as each day passes, even though I got a response thanking me for following up, and being swamped, I have doubts.  Did I send it too soon? Did I not have enough eyes on it? 


Those doubts creep in, like the darkness as a campfire slowly extinguishes.

I checked my phone often- did I get an e-mail yet? Now? Now?

So, what do I do? What should you do?

Get back to work on the next story, and wait. Patiently or not, you wait. (GIF)

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CONFERENCE TIME!!

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Yes, it’s that time of year- it’s time for the Eastern PA SCBWI Conference at The Highlights Foundation in the Poconos!  It’s only one week away, and I. Can’t. Wait!

The fooooood.

The sessions. 

The people! 

The chance to be around other writers and illustrators for an entire weekend.

There’ll be a couple keynotes, five different sessions to attend, and, best of all, I signed up to get two critiques from industry professionals! Oh! I’m also part of the Critique-A-Thon: A round table event where I have my picture book manuscript critiqued by three other writers, and I have a critique for each of their stories, too!

I’m also branching out a bit and running the silent auction.  I didn’t think I’d have to talk since, you know, it’s silent, but I guess I have to people it up! Thank god the beer’s free. 

I’ll be posting pictures when the conference is over, but I’m really excited about it! Can you tell?!?!?