The Maggie Project (but not the blog) has come to a close. I’ve achieved my goal: I’ve submitted my picture book manuscript to 30 publishers and 15 agents, and I’ve entered it into five contests. Though I’ve received rejections, the book has earned 3 awards and has earned positive feedback.
Here’s the lesson. Fiction is subjective. It’s a personal taste whether an agent or an editor is going to like it or not. I believe however, that writing and submitting Maggie and the First Grade Blues has not been a waste of time. It’s helped me to improve my writing (character, voice, and plot) and to get in touch with agents I feel that one day may offer me representation. It's helped me plant a stepping stone along the path to publication.
I will continue to blog: offering writing advice, reviewing books, giving details of my writing life, and sponsoring guest blogs. I hope you will continue to follow and contribute. The blog may be re-named. Stay posted! My sincere thanks goes out to all of my supporters. I urge you all to continue to write, to submit to publishers even in the face of rejection, and to forever follow your dreams.