Oh, what an adventure I had the other day! I had taken a break from my frantic deadline to give my eyes, wrists, and brain a rest so of course, the first place I go is outside in my garden. There, to my surprise were three of the most beautiful and biggest butterflies ever! I looked them up and discovered they are giant swallowtails, the largest butterfly in North America. I had seen one here and there the last two years, but these ones danced and flitted and floated around our garden like it was their home. (I hope it is!!!!) So of course I snapped a photo…aren’t they gorgeous?
Writing has a lot of unexpected adventures like that. And right now, today, in my little corner of the writing world I’m starting out on another adventure, so I thought I’d invite you along.
For starters, recently here on my blog I’ve been sharing what’s been going on as I’ve been working on a super duper crazy deadline.
Guess what? Yesterday I finished writing that deadline. Wahoo! And about 2 hours after I finished typing the last page, an editor from a different publisher called me on the phone and we discussed the next part of the manuscript I needed to write to send her way for one of my books that is under contract. Talk about perfect timing!
Well, as I mentioned in a previous post, with that big deadline I’ve been crunching on nearing its end (I did one final edit on those 28 pages and submitted it this morning), I’ve been working on my TRIPLE CROWN OF SUCCESS.
As many of you know if you’ve read my how-to-book for writers YES! YOU CAN LEARN HOW TO WRITE CHILDREN’S BOOKS, GET THEM PUBLISHED, AND BUILD A SUCCESSFUL WRITING CAREER, this means I’m always working on 3 manuscripts at a time:
1 for the goal of getting published
1 for the goal of earning income
1 for the goal of personal fulfillment
So here’s where I’m at on this:
Sunday my husband and I were asked to write a really great and fun new project for our church. Bingo. There’s my new project for the goal of “personal fulfillment.”
Last week I got an idea to contact a monthly magazine/newsletter and offer to write them a column for whatever they might pay (I think it will either be no-pay or perhaps a year’s free subscription). Bingo. There’s my hopeful new project for the goal of “getting published.” If that doesn’t work out I’ll try a different publisher.
And today, yes TODAY!!!! I read in an e-mail post from the enews from the Institute of Children’s Literature (ICL) about Kaeden Books, an educational publisher who is LOOKING FOR WRITERS!!!!!!
So guess what? I’m going to pursue this new exciting lead for my goal of hopefully earning income.
So guess what again? Since Jan Fields was so generous and sent this shout out to everyone, I thought I’d send a shout out to everyone here on my blog to invite you to join me in this brand new adventure!
So here on my blog for however longs it takes, I’ll share with you the steps I’m taking to prepare stuff to submit to Kaeden Books to respond to their call out with their PARTICULAR need for children’s writers. We’re talking picture books. We’re talking nonfiction OR fiction. We’re talking early chapter books. We’re talking beginning readers. Does it get any sweeter than that?
So here’s what I did first thing. I clicked on the link to Kaeden Books to see exactly what they were looking for.
Then I printed out this information and put it in a file folder and started a pocket folder for this new adventure. I encourage you to do the same!
And now, I’m just spending time browsing through all the links and looking at the types of books they do. I encourage you to do the same!
So check back in here for my next post. I’ll let you know what the next steps I take on this new adventure to prepare a submission for them.
And if you want to join in the adventure, too, let us know so we can cheer each other on!!!!!