I struggled with the title of this post and finally decided to keep it simple. Since my last post in September, I have been busy traveling, spending time with my husband, and . . .
. . . signing with a literary agent!
I am happy to announce that Erzsi Deak, Hen&ink Literary Studio, now represents me as an author. My friend, Sylvia Liu interviewed me and is sharing “HOW I GOT MY AGENT” on her blog. I hope you will give it a read.
Most of my September was spent with my husband, trying to spend as much time as we could on our sailboat before he returned to work in October. I love writing on the boat, but Internet access can be spotty, so it is difficult to stay connected. Maybe that is a good thing. It results in a lot less distractions, more completed work, and many peaceful moments staring out over the water or stargazing.
In October, I surprised myself by spontaneously deciding to take Susanna Leonard Hill’s course Making Picture Book Magic. I typically write as the story comes to me. Using Susanna’s methodical approach for writing a picture book was an excellent experience for me. It helped me focus more on each story component instead of just letting the story unfold on its own. I haven’t written another picture book since the course ended on October 31, but I look forward to the next one. I also look forward to going back over older stories using Susannah’s approach.
I visited my daughter and granddaughter for Halloween. It was my first Halloween with my granddaughter since she was born eight years ago. Out of all the things we did together, I enjoyed seeing THE WIZARD OF OZ on the big screen in 3-D. The tornado scene never seemed scary to me before. It did this time. I saw so many things that I never noticed when watching it on the small screen. I also enjoyed giving my granddaughter free reign to put Halloween make up on me. But nothing could top seeing her in an equestrian competition for the first time.
The one thing I didn’t enjoy was getting stuck in bed with a virus and missing my flight home. Especially when I had an agent agreement waiting to be signed.
Here we are in November. Where has the year gone?
November is PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) founded and administrated by Tara Lazar. I, along with approximately 1200 other writers, are each working to come up with a picture book idea for every day of the month. I currently have 19 ideas.
I have a few other exciting announcements.
I will be doing a webinar on writing critiqes on November 20. The webinar will be sponsored by Kristen McGill Fulton through her nonfiction picture book writing group WOW nonficpic. The live webinar is only available to members of the WOW group. However, after the live webinar, a recorded version will be available. I will post the link for the recording as soon as I get it. My next blog post will share some sample critiques, critique checklists and links related to writing critiques.
I have two short stories in an anthology that will be available on Amazon any day now. The title of the book is JINGLE BELLS: TALES OF HOLIDAY SPIRIT FROM AROUND THE WORLD. I will post a link to the book, once it is released. Check out Becky Fyfe’s Chapter Book Challenge page. That is my news for the day. I’ll be back in a week or two.