A lot has happened since February when Dad passed from this world and returned into the heavenly arms of my mom. My parents are so happy, of this I haven't a doubt. I've seen them dancing and laughing.
Have you ever heard Bill Engvall say, "Here's Your Sign?" Well, let's just say I couldn't get that snappy little phrase out of my head-all summer long. Rather you are a believer or not, there are somethings you just can't ignore or explain. I have had astonishing signs guide me in some extremely important decision making over the past few months. The kind of decisions you can't change or fix once made. I'll be writing more about my experience with signs in future pages. Can you think of any signs that have guided you? I would love to hear about them.
As far as my writing, it is, and always will be, an on-going process, but I feel I've accomplished two important things over the summer, the completion of "Holler's Pond, A Camping Story" and after almost nineteen months have earned my third diploma from The Institute of Children's Literature.
Once a manuscript is finished and the research done, the quest to find the best matched editor for your work is on. The next important step is to follow their guidelines-precisely. Most will have you send queries to them, not the entire manuscript, then you... hurry up and wait! They are busy, busy, busy! The minimum waiting time I've seen is four to six months. It is suggested that one uses this time to begin another writing project or two or three. I shall do exactly that. You can read about those projects on the next couple of pages.
My queries for Holler's Pond have been sent to, Boyds Mills Press, Albert Whitman & Co and Milkweed Editions. I chose these three publishing houses because . . .
They are looking for, or accepting middle-grade fiction (adventure/contemporary/humor/nature stories).They all wanted a query with the first three chapters and will accept submissions without an agent.
My grandest hope now, is that I pique at least one editors interest, but if not, Holler's will be sent on to the next three publishers on my list! Getting a book published is truly a long distance marathon.
FINGERS CROSSED! Waiting for my sign! Or possibly a phone call, or an email!