11/18/2020, Good Morning: As I sit here, coffee finished and ready to start my day of writing, editing, submitting, I am thankful for all the support and encouragement from family and friends. I feel like my heart and soul are on the right path. Writing and querying is definitely not easy, but I’m loving (almost) every minute…lol. (11/18/2020)
11/30/2020, Twitter Time: Well, it’s almost that time again for Twitter Pitches on Thursday. This is where authors write a 1-2 line “elevator” pitch for each polished manuscript. Then we post them on Twitter with the appropriate hashtags and agents and publishers scroll through, if they like your post then that means they want you to send them your manuscript for further review….very exciting!!! This will be my second time participating. I’m going to pitch You’re Not My Mom, We Are Twins, Goodbye Scrappy, Angels Are Watching and my chapter book The Visions of Taylor Spencer. I just finished up my pitches, 3 for each manuscript, and sent them off to my critique group for some final polishing before Thursday. I’ll post an update. Best of luck to all of my fellow authors, especially the wonderfully talented ladies in my critique group.
12/6/2020, New Manuscript: Harry Can Hear is finally complete. Harry has a hard time hearing people when they are talking to him. Everyone thinks it’s just because he doesn’t listen. It isn’t until a school hearing test reveals that Harry needs hearing aids. Once fit with hearing aids he no longer misses out on what’s going on around him.
I worked in Audiology for 3 years. I loved helping children with their hearing test, hearing aids, cochlear implants and bone conduction hearing aids. I felt a book about hearing aids would be beneficial for kids going through the process of needing hearing aids for the first time. Also to be an eye opener for adults and other children, maybe that kiddo they think isn’t listening actually has a hearing impairment.
The Twitter Pitch event through #PitMad was a lot of fun on Thursday. Even though I didn’t hear from any agents or publishing companies one of the ladies in my critique group did and that’s just as exciting as being picked myself. I’m so happy for her and hope the agent decides to represent her work. With the holidays upon us a lot of agents are closing to queries until next year, so things are slowing down a bit. I did submit to two agents and one publishing company last week. Unfortunately the publishing company turned me down because they needed me to also illustrate …oh well, so many more fish in the sea. Also I am still waiting to hear back from my dream agent who represents books like mine that are sensitive topics. Until next year…Happy Holidays and Happy New Year! 2021 is going to be a great year!
01/14/2021 Cheers to a New Year: Those who know me well know I think 2021 will be my year. My year to have my work recognized and published. Maybe I’ll get “the email” from an agent, telling me they love my work and want to represent it. Or maybe the email will come straight from the publishing company. I am working hard everyday to try to make that happen. We are 2 weeks in to the new year and I have 4 new manuscripts I’m working on, We Can Still Be Friends, First Day of First Grade, Tango, and The Mystery of the Missing Shoe. My Families manuscript is still hanging on and getting a little better everyday, thanks to my critique group. My completed manuscripts from 2020 are You’re Not My Mom, Goodbye Scrappy, We Are Twins, Angels Are Watching, and Harry Can Hear.
I feel that 2020 knocked us on our butts and allowed many of us to regroup and figure out where we want to go from here. I hope you are also feeling pulled in a direction that makes you happy and brightens your soul. Life’s too short to not be happy…so choose happy. Find your piece of happiness.
03/29/2021: Well it’s been a busy year so far of writing and querying, sometimes sending off up to 10 query letters a week…holy moly…busy. I’m loving it though. I now have a total of 10 completed manuscripts: You’re Not My Mom, Goodbye Scrappy, We Are Twins, Angels Are Watching, Harry Can Hear, Finding First Grade, Who’s In Your Heart, Football and Peas, Superpower Brain(NF), and Party At Arnie’s. I’m currently working on another Narrative NF about bees called Mama Bee. I’m having fun and loving every minute. The tired shoulders and back after a long day of sitting at my computer is all worth it. I still have the goal of getting published this year. Cheers to a great 2021!!!