Though today's post will be my third about Carrie, it is titled "Part II" because my querying journey seems sequel worthy.
I started looking for an agent soon after you and I met at the
NYC SCBWI conference in 2012. I had nice feedback from an agent at a conference
and sent him my work. His response was kind (which I've found most responses from agents to be.) But my writing wasn’t ready. The
novel he saw was the first I’d ever finished. I wasn't ready.
I swallowed that little voice that said, SEND! SEND!
SEND! for two more years until I entered #PitchWars-- Brenda Drake’s crash course in
pitching. In the years between t…
This morning I put away my rainbow superhero mask, gold top hat, and banana-on-a-stick. Few things are sadder than closing your banana-on-a-stick into a dark closet. But, I guess it will rise again next month for my next school visit.
Oh, you thought my collection was somehow Halloween related? No, no. Just part of the workshop portion of my school visits. For the past two weeks I had the privilege of speaking to, and then with, students from one of our nearby districts.
Dwight Smith, the founder of My Special Word, joined me for the assembly portion of the event. We were able to share with the children Dwight's vision for the program, as well as my process for writing the books for him.
There was music. Lots of it.
Some singing. (Would you expect any less?)
And shouting! (Mostly the kids, but I got a few words in too.)
We met with over 800 kids during the assemblies and got a sense for how the school district planned to use My Special Word. I'll say,
Goodbye January, Hello February! Last week, I let everyone peak in my drawers. Today, I'm opening my inbox. Well, not literally. You DO NOT want to see my inbox--though I do try to keep all the accounts very tidy--sometimes the emails get a bit, what's the word I'm looking for? Expansive. My favorite emails are from fans. I LOVE them. They make me all warm and fuzzy. Seriously, touch my arm...
See? Warm and Fuzzy. Oh, wait those are my doggies;)
While, I ADORE the fan mail (I DO, I REALLY DO) I would LOVE them even more if they were added as a review to AMAZON and GOODREADS. For instance, look at some of these reviews:
Must Read!!!, January 31, 2017
This review is from: Starr Fall: Book One of the Starr Fall Series (Kindle Edition)
Purchased this book for my 14 year old daughter who is NOT a fan of reading for pleasure or at all for that matter. Well, the book immediately grabbed her attention. In her words..."I can't put this book down. I ne…