FOODOO, my entry for Brenda Drake’s Show Me the Voice Blogfest, was selected as one of the 20 semi-finalists whose entries will be given to agent Natalie Fischer. She will now choose three who will win critiques from her. THANK YOU to everyone who provided comments and encouragement. I have been working on this manuscript for a long time, alternating between loving and loathing it and suffering many crises of confidence along the way. Getting positive feedback on the piece at this stage is a balm to my writerly soul.
Agent/author Mandy Hubbard wrote a great post last week about celebrating the small (and big) victories along the path of a writer. She keeps a large vase on her desk, and whenever she gets good news – a book deal, sells foreign rights, etc. – she pops open a bottle of champagne and writes what she is celebrating on the bottom of the cork. Then, when things aren’t going so well, she can go to the vase and remind herself of her accomplishments.
Since it is so easy to get discouraged in this business, I thought the “vase of corks” was a great idea. So I am going to christen my own vase this weekend by celebrating this little milestone. I am unpublished and unagented, so getting an agent to look at my work in any capacity is most definitely something to celebrate. Next time I want to shred FOODOO, I’ll pull out that cork…
Congratulations to everyone who entered and to the other semi-finalists. If you haven’t already done so, go read the entries. They are amazing! Thanks, too, to Brenda Drake for hosting such a fun contest.
P.S. I just love how I can Google “Mandy Hubbard” and “champagne cork” and find the post I was looking for. What DID people do in the days before the Internet???Categories: Agents, Children's Books, Picture Books, Publishing, Rhyming, Works in Progress, Writing · Tags: Agents, Blogfest, Bradford Literary Agency, Children's Books, Mandy Hubbard, Natalie Fischer, Picture Books, Publishing, Show Me the Voice Blogfest, WIP, Writing