Optimism is a happiness magnet. If you stay positive good things and good people will be drawn to you. – Mary Lou Retton
Let’s have some fun and choosing which books to self-publish/send out on submission next…
Here’s a synopsis of five different manuscripts I’m currently working on. I’d like to get your impression. In the comments, let me know which story you’d most like to see made into a picture book!
1. Kelsey Meets the Monsters
Kelsey must face her greatest fear when her little brother is kidnapped by monsters. Will Kelsey be able to overcome her fear and save Thomas?
2. Dinosaurs by Design
Finlayson’s autism means he is just as passionate about loving dinosaurs as he is about hating the beach. One day there is no babysitter and no choice… Finlayson must go to his most feared and hated place… the BEACH!
3. Allison’s Tree
Allison’s best friend is not a girl or a boy; her best friend is a tree. In this gentle ode to trees, find out why Allison loves her best friend and what Douglas the fir tree can teach her about true friendship.
4. Honey Cakes for Oscar
Find out what happens when Oscar, a very hungry bunny, must reconcile his fear of bees with his love for honey.
5. Finn and Katrina’s Ferry Fairy Excellent Adventure
Journey with Finn and Katrina as they sort out how to keep their new friendship alive after a misunderstanding about what brought them together in the first place.
Which story gets your vote? Why? I’m excited to hear your responses. Please share!
A hike is always a good thing for me. It starts out with promise. I love a new trail to explore accompanied by a friendly conversation as we make our way along the trail. It may be raining or sunny, warm or cold and as long as I go prepared, I am happy to tackle whatever might be in front of me. I don’t always know exactly what to expect.
Sometimes the path is a little longer or a little steeper than I expect.
Sometimes it is quite tiring but somehow I just keep going with the knowledge that once I get to the top of the mountain/hill/cliff, there will be a gorgeous view as my reward.
Writing starts with promise. That idea that pops into my head and just begs itself to be written into a story. Friendly characters are my company as I create them and decide what will make them appealing to children. The weather may not always be perfect and the characters have to deal with a few setbacks but they keep moving forward along the trail as I do putting one foot in front of the other. I’m not always sure where the story is going. Usually, I make some progress and then there’s the work of rewriting and more rewriting and even more rewriting and that’s when I feel I’m really going uphill on the trail, perhaps in the rain and wind and I wonder if I will make it to the end. I’m sort of there now with “Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker”.
I’m at that part of the trail where it starts to get really steep; where I might need to use my hands to scale some of the rock face in front of me; where I have to slow down as it is getting harder.
I know the reward is there and I’m going to keep climbing. It is slow going now but I’m getting closer. I’m on the trail to becoming an author and I can’t wait to see the view from the top!
Thank you for reading 🙂
Yay! It really feels like I’m becoming an author!
(Though I still am not entirely sure at what point a person becomes an author. I’m an unpublished author with works in progress but I’m still an author, right?)
I’ve just received my editorial feedback. Without going into great detail, I can tell you that Paula Morrow, editor for my soon to be published picture book Katie Shaeffer, Pancake Maker, has described the story as “charming and original“!
And now, I’m off to make this charming and original story come to life even further; thanks to Paula’s feedback. Can’t wait to share the story with you all 🙂
I’m so excited! I have decided to do the first giveaway on simply.cindy in July! Check back soon and get the details for how to enter. Continue reading
After many days and hours of consideration, I am giving my work in progress a new title! Continue reading
At what point does a person become a real writer? Is it the moment you are published or does it happen before that? Does it happen when you are alone at home writing and revising and editing? Or are you not a real writer until you’ve got at least 3 books published. Continue reading