One of my stories or poems will be in the mailbox by tomorrow! Boy, oh boy this is harder than I thought it would be! I'm not giving up though! My first submission will be to a magazine. It somehow seems a little less scary, and I read that children's magazine's are a great place to start. There's so much to learn in the process. The lingo is a language of its' own; queries, mss, byline given. Hopefully when I'm ready to submit a manuscript to a book publisher, I'll know what I'm talking about. If I can get a story published before then, I read that it will help illustrate that I'm serious and professional. Hmmmm. "A Professional." I like that. Pretty soon, when someone asks me, "So what do you do?" I'll reply, "I'm a mother and an author." I'm still quite nervous about putting my words on someone's desk. Fear of failure anyone? Fear of imperfection? Oh yes, I suffer from these.
Watch out children's literary world, here I come! I blog about lessons I learn while I write children's picture books and young adult novels. I've been doing a bit here and there for years when priorities allowed. I've recently been able to make larger time commitments, and I have a finished picture book that I'm preparing to attempt the publishing relm. My brain and journal hold so many more stories that are waiting to be hatched. I'll document tips, lessons and processes from conception through publishing (let's think positively, here), all on my blog for all to enjoy. What a beautiful adventure it is!