And aren’t these experiences the stuff of our stories? Inspirations packaged in our everyday lives. Sometimes, we may not realize that these happenings have inspired anything, until we find them captured on our pages, maybe looking a little different than we had actually experienced; but now being experienced by our characters. Though this year didn't bring my ultimate writing goal of publication, it was definitely a momentous year.
I have had a number of positive steps in the right direction:
1) Myself and a fellow writer (correction: a fellow fabulous writer) Rosi Hollinbeck completed and submitted our poetry collection about seasons. What a fantastic accomplishment that was, especially the number of poems we wrote.
2) I attended a conference and received positive feedback from an editor on one of my manuscripts, in addition to the names of two houses I should consider submitting it to.
3) I sent out a large number of manuscripts to agents and publishing houses, and eagerly await a response.
4) I have joined a middle grade critique group, and am working diligently on improving my middle grade book. This was a big step for me, especially since my previous foci has always been picture books and poetry.
And now, #5, the most exciting news of all (duhn-duhn-nuh-nuuuuh!):
5) I received a bite for one of my manuscripts from a publishing house, who deemed it “charming” and asked me if it were still available. It feels incredible to receive an interest from an editor, and I hope the house decides to pursue it (fingers, toes, arms, legs, and eyes crossed!).
I have a great feeling about this year, and I am hoping that it too will be filled with many more positive experiences, and even larger strides toward my goal of becoming a published author.