Rejection? Don’t Pout; Be a Detective.

​Have you faced rejection on your picture book manuscript/s lately? Know that subjectivity ALWAYS plays a role in this. What one editor or agent loves another might not (and in this crowded market, ‘loving’ is almost always a prerequisite for acquisition). Also know that there is nothing you can do about subjectivity. However, there are… Read more »

Need a New Time Management Tool? Go Low Tech. Really!

Today, I’m offering you a time management tool that a cave dwelling, amygdala-focused person could have created. First, let me be clear, I have no judgement against dwelling in caves or being amygdala-focused. In fact, many days that sounds like the perfect way to live. ​However, my world, like yours, is full of Must Do’s,… Read more »

Rejection Bingo Re-post

I’m sharing a humorous sad-but-true Rejection Bingo post created by Zachary Petit. http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/there-are-no-rules/rejection-letter-bingo?et_mid=607853&rid=3198389.  This is one game I’d rather not win!

Rejection Reflection

If you are a writer, you have to learn to deal with rejection. It is just part of the landscape. Here are two posts about rejection that might ease the sting. The first is by Darcy Pattison, an author who I appreciate for her honesty and insight. And, this post from Writer’s Digest’s Wendy Burt-Thomas may help… Read more »

Underhoured

Have you ever heard someone joke that they’ve been “overserved?” I feel lately like I’ve been “underhoured” as in “not enough hours in the day to accomplish what I want.” Maybe it is because it is full on spring in upper Michigan and everything is new and fresh. This makes me want to join the party and create… Read more »

S**T MY REJECTION LETTER SAID

Wanna play? Share a tidbit from a rejection letter in the comments section. You can go incognito if you want or make up a name. (Your street name is your first name and your favorite pet is your last.)  I’ll go first. This is an actual sentence from a rejection letter I received 12 months after submission:… Read more »

Rejections Got You Down #2

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.”                                                                                                                                                                                            — Miss PiggyLet it be known I am not condoning violence. A giggle or two is acceptable, however.

Puppy Breath #3

Q: What do bubble wrap bubbles, pieces of an empty toilet paper roll, and a rubber band from a teenager’s braces have in common?  A: Items that do not digest in puppy bellies. Need I say more?