Focus on Picture Books!

Wow! The summer flew by and now it feels as though fall is in full swing. Although this crazy fluctuation is weather is making me crazy! I guess that’s Indiana for ya. 🙂

Last weekend I went to the Falling Into Picture Books workshop at Turkey Run. It was AMAZING! I was lucky enough to sit at the same table with an editor from Cartwheel Books and Scholastic Press. His insight into our discussions was fantastic. I love hearing it straight from the pros! Both editors in attendance are allowing submissions, so that’s an extra bonus. I’m almost finished putting together my packets. I had a hard time choosing what to turn in, but after researching each publishing group, I think I found a perfect fit. I hope at least! We’ll see.

I’m very excited about the fact that a new critique group emerged for me from this workshop. I found two authors that live relatively close to work with. First submission is October 15th, and I can’t wait! It’s way past time for me to get back on a deadline. I have a feeling this simple commitment is going to produce great things for all of us!

If you are a writer and you’ve never attended a conference, I cannot stress enough how important it is. I’ve been lucky enough to attend a variety of conferences over the last few years, and each one energizes me more and more. I’m also networking, and that is huge in the publishing world. Perseverance. Hang in there. It will happen! At least that is what I’m doing…I’ll never give up! Every rejection is a step closer to an acceptance. So keep writing!

That’s all for now. Have a wonderful week! The first day of fall is creeping closer as we speak. 🙂