It’s kind of funny; sometimes the universe sends you a message in any way it possibly can. Lately, the message I’ve been receiving is about my writing. Allow me to explain…
1.) Revision Workshop
About a month ago, I read a posting in the Omaha World Herald about a revision workshop that would take place at The Bookworm on February 23 (tomorrow!). It was inexpensive, with a discount for SCBWI members (score!), at a place I love (with connected coffee shop – win/win), and the focus is something I need – revision. We are bringing multiple copies of the first 5 pages of our current work-in-progress and an assortment of highlighters. I have no idea what kinds of exercises are in store, but I’m looking forward to getting feedback on those vital first 5 pages from some new sets of eyes.
2.) Another Agent Politely Declines
Over the summer of 2012, I sent out a number of queries to agents. A couple responded quickly (polite “no thank yous”), some did not respond at all (a different way to say “no thank you” in the agent world), and one responded this week. Yes, you read that correctly. This week, approximately 9 months later, with….a no. Which is fine. After a number of potential agents say no, the rejections don’t sting as much, but I was surprised by the email. I had already assumed this particular query was a “no” since the agent had been radio-silent for 9 months, but I did appreciate his recognition of receiving my query and sample of my manuscript. It would have been easier for him to simply ignore the query. As a writer, I appreciate knowing that someone has looked at my work, even if it is to determine that it’s not for them. It’s classy. And I like it.
3.) A Contest!
I am a member of a number of associations for teaching (International Reading Association, Nebraska State Reading Association, Metropolitan Reading Council, Nebraska Association of Teachers of Mathematics). Because of this, I often receive emails updating me on the goings-on of each group. One of these emails brought something interesting to my attention. The National Association of Elementary School Principals Foundation, along with a Boston publishing company, Charlesbridge Publishing, is holding a children’s book contest. Contestants (me!) can submit picture books or chapter books to become one of at least two books that will be published by Charlesbridge. There will be 25 finalists and at least two of them will result in publication. I just so happen to have a picture book AND a chapter book that are currently seeking a home. Perfect opportunity, right? Time to brush up my manuscripts and put them in their Sunday-best.
4.) Fine Lines
As you, my beloved readers, may remember, last summer, I participated in some writing workshops and camps. One of these was Fine Lines Summer Camp, held during June. I attended as a camper, and was grateful not only for the time to focus on my writing, but the opportunity to network with fellow local writers. I was recently contacted by the wonderful David Martin, editor of Fine Lines journal and organizer of summer camp, and asked to be an educator at this summer’s camp. I will work as the assistant coordinator for the elementary side of camp and and am very much looking forward to it! I’m hoping that I can recruit some of my current students (and future students recommended by some of my colleagues – hint, hint) to attend summer camp.
It’s been a bit of writing whirlwind lately with things popping up when I least expected them. But the things that surprise us are often some of the best things in life. I’m hoping these will be just some of those things.