Wednesday, April 17, 2019

I FINALLY DID IT!

Did what, you ask? Well, I finally went beyond this blog, beyond the self-published books & dipped my toe in the writing world!  For the length of my life I haven't really investigated publishing or even what they call, honing my craft.  I had written a number of poems which were actually children's books and yet I hadn't pursued an a attempt at getting them "out there."

So my daughter introduced me to a woman she knew who had enjoyed some success in doing just what I hope to do, publish a children's book.  After meeting with her and learning that it's taken her 8 years to become a published writer I wasn't discouraged but quite the opposite.  And I was open to anything she suggested so when she told me that membership in a group called SCBWI had been extremely helpful to her, I immediately joined.  By the way, that stands for The Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators.

As soon as I joined I was put in contact with 3 other fledgling writers and we critique each other's stories. That has been extremely helpful. Additionally, the organization has provided me with 4 opportunities to submit my work to a number of possibilities for publication, one ofnwhich was the same publishing company that published the three books by the woman I spoke with initially.

So there you have it. I've finally done it.  My first foray into becoming a published author has begun.  Hopefully, something tangible will come from it.
Wish me luck!