Wednesday, May 14, 2014
This was my first time attending a writers conference. The experience with well worth it! I signed up for two of the conference workshops, Query Letter Critique and Pitch Session. Both were very reasonable in price. Most conferences cost well over $500 to attend.
The goal of this conference is to give you access to ten top publishing editors and literary agents and to educate you with a workshop and talks by experienced authors. This is a great opportunity for new writers like me to critique my work and find ways to improve. You could be offered a contract based on the materials you’ve submitted: after every conference some AWC members sign with conference agents and realize their dream of publication. I was one of them!
Not only was my Pitch session a success, but I was awarded Best Pitch by Heather Alexander from Dial Books! It was a pleasure meeting with her. She loved my story and provided me with her contact information to submit my manuscript to her.
What a dream come true for a new writer! Authors can submit hundreds of manuscripts to publishers only to be rejected a hundred times. I met with many wonderful authors at the conference many who have gone through countless rejections.
Upon my manuscript submission, I'm hoping to receive a contract from Dial Books. Dial Books for Young Readers is a hardcover division publishing approximately seventy titles per year for children of all ages, from preschool through young adult.
Thursday, May 8, 2014
I'm super excited for this weekend! I signed up for Query Letter Critique with an agent and publisher (Quirk Books) tomorrow and then another publisher with Dial Books at the Atlanta's Writer Conference! This is a great chance and learning experience for me as a writer! I just finished my new manuscript titled The Octopus in the Car Wash. This was a last minute change on what material I was going to bring. I was originally going to bring my manuscript Frick and Frack, Good Friends to the End but felt that didn't really have a strong delivery. It's cute and fun, but not personal. The Octopus in the Car Wash is another book based on my son's fear at the car wash. The book is about what could be going through his mind and conquering his fears. LOVE IT!! This book is my 2nd favorite to Daddy's Guitar!
Wish me luck!!
Wish me luck!!
Monday, May 5, 2014
I'm getting very excited! Michele sent over the first 5 sketches for Daddy's Guitar. We went over a few changes and she's ready to add some color! She has 3 more sketches to create. My book is getting closer and closer to becoming published!