Monday, March 28, 2011

Writer's News

photo by Lucas

Maggie and the Third Grade Blues has been
submitted to 23 editors and 8 agents. These are the latest results:

Charlesbridge—sent manuscript, no reply  
GP Putnam—sent manuscript, no reply
Houghton Mifflin Children’s Books—sent manuscript, no reply 
Clarion—equery, no reply 
Susan Schulman Agency—queried, no reply
Pippin Literary Agency—e-query; no reply

On the other hand, after I queried Editor-at-Large Melanie Kroupa, she sent a lovely hand written note addressed to me personally, not to “author.” Melanie wrote that she was taking on few projects.  This is what many in the publishing world say is “a positive rejection.” This means that she read my query and it was professional enough to garner a personal note.  

Maggie and the Third Grade Blues has been entered in four contests.  The Kay Snow Willamette Writers Contest will make the final contest, the deadline being this April.  To date, the picture book has captured three contest awards!

More news:  I will post a review of Chuck Sambuchino’s workshop “Everything You Need to Know about Getting an Agent.”   And, I will be hosting two special guests next month.  On April 11th Renee Hand will offer her insights about creating characters.  On April 15th Judy Snider will present the back story of I Love You, Be Careful.  

Until then, happy writing!

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