A couple of years ago, a dog turned up in my life. He was found down the street from my house, on Memorial Day, with rope tied to his neck. He was a gentle, rust colored, Lab mix and I fell in love with him that very day and adopted him. Being a new dog person, this sounded like a good premise for a picture book, so I wrote it. After some rounds and revisions with my critique group, I polished it to the best of my ability, at the time, and submitted it for review to an agent while attending the SCBWI Working Writer's Retreat 2016.
Submitting a newer story to an agent is almost never a good idea. But, I really wanted the feedback on this particular story. And yes, there was that secret hope that the agent would love my story as much as I loved it and sign me on the spot. Nope. That didn't happen. But, I did receive the feedback.
There are 324,806 books that show up, when searching the word Dog at Amazon Books. This means, I have some work to do in order to make my book stand out. But, my dog deserves the story, so, I will not give up. In fact, new ideas are already coming to mind. This experience will make my book better, and in the process, I've discovered two picture book gems! It's a win-win!
Happy reading and writing,