It’s finally here: Children’s Book Week!
I don’t have a horse in this race, as the expression goes, but I’m still excited to hear about the Children’s Choice Book Awards, 2013. Any minute today, they’ll post those titles, and I’ll take a few minutes to dream about my books and the what ifs that might follow…
Of course, first I have to deal with a little sticky wicket I call “publishing.” So, Tip One:
Book Publishers Accepting Submissions by Location
I can’t say for sure if a regional publisher is an easier sell. But I can say that this list of publishers are accepting submissions (unlike bigger publishers who only accept agented submissions). A local publisher may be a perfect fit for your proposal or manuscript, particularly if your book has a regional bent.
And Tip Two comes from one of my very favorite authors, Margaret Atwood. She shared her Ten Rules of Writing Fiction. Because before I can get my book published, I have to write the best book my brain can bust out. So I particularly liked Rule Ten:
10. Prayer might work. Or reading something else. Or a constant visualisation of the holy grail that is the finished, published version of your resplendent book.
So, yeah. We’re back to publishing. And if I’m going to write and pray and visualize, I might as well dream big.
Like the Children’s Choice Book Awards. (You get a trophy, right?)
#10 is a good one. I also like #7 where she says to get a grip and: “Nobody is making you do this: you chose it, so don’t whine.” I may need to put that on a Post-It and display it prominently on my laptop. Pfft. I’m such a good whiner, too.
Have a little cheese, take out the “h” and poof. Problem solved, Lisa. 🙂
I LOVE her list!
Me, too, Kelly! Now if only I could *write* like Margaret Atwood…;-)
Thanks for the links, Cathy. Lots of helpful advice and places to submit–if I ever finish my book.
You will, Donna. And I want to read it!