I'm not new to talking, sharing ideas, or stating my opinion, especially stating my opinion! After all, I taught elementary school for 30 years! However, my audience has typically been smaller,just family, the classroom, or just talking to myself!

My blog has two goals: be an outlet for sharing thoughts on writing children's books and the path to publication (got my fingers crossed that I'll get there) and a place to chronicle my journey of losing my sight. Sometimes I imagine these two paths will overlap .

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Write From the Soul

          I think being a writer brings out the insecurity in us. First we worry about whether we have any writing skills at all. Then we wonder if we can put enough words together to create a cohesive story. Of course, through the writing process, there's that fear we'll never finish the book.

           And then it's done.

           And then we worry.......will anyone like it? Will an agent want to represent you?

            This is where I currently am. Between that will-anyone-like-it rock and the agent hard place.

             Today, a friend and member of one of my critique groups shared her feedback with me. 
  • She called my main character a wonderful, gentle but strong boy. 
  • She said he was on a heroic journey in the story and handled it with grace. 
  • She said she read the story all the way through and couldn't put it down because she loved the character so much. 
  • She pointed out similarities I didn't even realize about the protagonist's and the antagonist's struggles.

And my heart sang. 

And now I dare to hope that the queries I'll be sending out in the next 2-3 weeks, will touch an agent's heart and make it sing as well.

 Then I can start the process over again with a new project.
Unless I get stuck thinking about publishers.....


  1. It is such a scary place! I'll be crossing my fingers for you to find that agent when you send out those letters! Good luck :)

  2. Love, love, love this photo. I've got my fingers crossed for you.

  3. Oh good luck!!!!!!!!! You can do it!