What are the obstacles that are keeping you from getting published? When I reflect on the 'whys' that it took me so long to get published, I don't do so with regret. Every writer's path is different. I do try to understand, though, in hopes of gaining insight that might assist me in the process of illustration and help others achieve their writing goals.
The shortlist includes working a full-time job and becoming a single mom in my forties. Maybe you can relate. Thankfully, I did not stop writing altogether during that period, but it did slow me down. Years later, I remarried and retired from teaching. Life looked a bit different. I had managed and moved through the difficult, transitional years, and I found myself with a bucket full of time.
Those of you who have been following my Path to Publication Blog know that I then enrolled in a class at the Children's Book Academy, which was instrumental in getting my first book, THE STAR FESTIVAL, published. With another book on the way, I'd now like to help you achieve your dreams. Call it "giving back" to the small, close-knit community that helped support my debut, or call it "paying it forward." Either way. If you are an unpublished and unagented children's writer and need help moving through the blahs, a creative stump, a frustrating period of rejections, unforeseen life situations, and finances, this opportunity is for you.
You get the first peek at the Write Kidlit NOW! Scholarship. Woohoo! Look through the guidelines and find a class that will help you succeed. Applications open in October, so start polishing those manuscripts now!
"You don’t start out writing good stuff. You start out writing crap and thinking it’s good stuff, and then gradually you get better at it. That’s why I say one of the most valuable traits is persistence.”
― Octavia Butler
Path To Publication