July 26, 2012
WAS IT LUCK?
By Linda M. Penn
Welcome to Linda’s Blog! My first blog explained to you why I want to write children’s books. The second blog explained how I hope to get kids, especially boys, enthusiastic about reading. This third blog explains where I started on this journey of writing children’s books and where I’ve come today. Was it luck that got me from the desire of writing children’s books to actually becoming a writer of children’s books? Come along as I explain.
When retiring from teaching five years ago, my goal was to get a children’s book published. The summer and fall after retirement, I read several books about writing and publishing. Looking at my shelf of reference books, I actually see nine books I read before I put pen to paper. My husband asked me one day, “So when are you going to stop reading and actually write something?” With that “encouragement,” I began writing stories. My first story was “Hunter and the Fastcar Trophy Race.” (scheduled to be out in September, 2012, to be available on Amazon.com) The next story written was “Is Kentucky in the Sky?” (launched in early July, 2012, available on Amazon.com)
I began mailing off manuscripts to publishing houses. Shock!!!! I got back numerous rejection letters (I lost count). The most depressing thing about those letters was no one took the time to inform me what was wrong or what I could do to get better at writing. I just got those awful form letters that basically say, “thanks, but no thanks.”
PLEASE LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER TRIED TO GET SOMETHING PUBLISHED AND HOW YOU FELT IF YOU RECEIVED THOSE “NO THANKS” LETTERS.
About this time, my granddaughter, Ally, started “fussing” at me to get her story, “Is Kentucky in the Sky?” done in a book. So with more “encouragement,” I enrolled in a children’s writing course offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature (see Recommendations section of my website). The Institute is a terrific resource for anyone who wishes to write for children and teenagers. It was a couple of years and ten more written stories later that I got a certificate for completion of the course. The constructive criticism that I received from my instructor was invaluable. I am actually enrolled in another course offered by the Institute at this time, just trying to stay fresh and keep learning.
At the time I was completing the writing course, I read two books that really got me rolling and determined to see this writing career be a reality. They are:
Both of these books are available on Amazon.com. and these books are appropriate for anyone. (see Recommendations section of my website)
Thank You Power is an inspiration story about how being grateful, even for the bad things of life, gives us power.
Unlimited takes you through the steps to determine what you really want to do with your life and how to get there. Caution: some words may be offensive, but please look to the main message.
And then, the next thing that happened to me on my journey to being a writer was… I met Peggy DeKay, Book Coach. (see Recommendations section of my website)
MORE TO COME NEXT TIME!
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