Jan 3, 2015

Social Media Overload

Have you ever noticed that many writers tend to participate in too many forms of social media?  It's true, writers want to put themselves out there.  By out there I mean they want to have a presence in the world of social media so they can form a large network of friends with similar interests. But why bother to participate in so many, especially if you don't update them frequently?

As a picture book writer, who hopes to be published one day, I only participate in blogging and Twitter. Last year I was a ghost in both worlds, as I took a break during my pregnancy.  I like to blog so I can discuss lengthy topics. I like Twitter to try to lead people to this blog by tweeting little tidbits that might catch ones attention.

In how many forms of social media do you like to participate?

Jan 2, 2015

So excited!

Today, I learned that my online critique buddy, Yvonne Mes, will soon have two published books!  Eeeeeeekkkkk I'm so excited!  Can't you tell by my overuse of exclamation marks?!

Now, I just call her "Y".  So, Y has been writing for some time now, and her stories always impress me.  She doesn't write the typical, "Timmy went outside to play" stories.  The stories she writes are unique and playful and just plain ole AWESOME.  I'm so happy for her and I can hardly wait until her picture books are on my own bookshelf!

You can visit her blog here.

Jan 1, 2015

Back in the swing of things

Happy New Year!  Let's get this show on the road.

I'm working on a new manuscript and it feels great.  It's a manuscript I barely started last year, but the plot is cute in my eyes so I'm moving forward with completing it.  Who knows how many drafts this manuscript will see? lol

In other news, I found a new literary agency for picture books and submitted there.  Before submitting, I touched up my query letter, revised the manuscript just a tiny bit, and said a little prayer.  It's so hard to completely shelf these old manuscripts, even though this particular one was rejected about 25 times.  It doesn't hurt to try though.

I hope your new year is off to a great start too!