After waffling back and forth for ages over whether or not to include information about my books on this blog, I decided to go ahead and take the plunge. You will now see a shiny new page on the blog called “Books.” On this page, I included the titles and pitches of my two completed children’s books. For one of the books, I included the first two stanzas. I was hesitant to include part of the text, but because that book is rhyming and agents so often say they don’t want to see rhyming manuscripts (read: bad rhyme), I wanted to demonstrate that I do in fact know how to rhyme well.
There are three main reasons I took this step:
- These two books are completed. They have been written, revised and revised and revised, vetted by countless fellow writers, published authors and even editors and agents. I am actively seeking representation for them, and you never know who might wander over to the blog one day and take a look. I know it’s unlikely, but it could happen. Plus, my pitches have been polished to a shine thanks to WriteOnCon.
- I want to show that I am a serious writer. I don’t just write about writing, I actually write. Sometimes I even finish things. 🙂
- It makes me feel more like a “real” writer. Real writers have information about their writing on their websites. A LOT of work went into these books, and I am proud of the finished products. Therefore, I want to share them. Just like real writers.
In addition, I revised my “About Julie” page. My focus has changed since I started writing the blog, and after reading umpteen posts about how important the ABOUT page is, I decided to dust mine off. I’ve made a mental note to check it every quarter or so. Things do change, and that page should reflect the most current me it can. If you have time, check it out and let me know what you think.
Where do you stand on the “To Writing Sample or Not To Writing Sample” debate? There are good reasons for both, so I’m curious to know how other writers have made their decisions on the subject.Categories: Agents, Children's Books, Picture Books, Publishing, Queries, Rhyming, Writing · Tags: About Pages, Agents, Pitching, Social Media, Writing, Writing Samples