|© Mary Licata, illustrator|
Is my sister's dream complete?
Chapter One brought Lizbeth, her town, mother and teacher to life. The story felt grounded. It had background, setting, and a foreboding that set up the rest of the tale. The new chapter went to Mary, my fantastic illustrator and friend, and she immediately came up with three new fabulous illustrations - one is shown above.
The last time I wrote, I had sent out a number of queries. Unfortunately, they went out without the new opening chapter. I wanted my sister's dream fulfilled so much, that I violated my own good writing rule -- let the words sit for a week or so and then return and see how they read.
Since then, I have searched for possible agents/publishers for children's books who say that they accept unsolicited manuscripts for review. Let's see what happens with these newest contacts. Hopefully I will find a publisher soon for this very sweet story.
I miss my sister.... Yet, throughout these three months, I have felt connected to her, inspired by her to keep going as I wrote.
I've finished her dream.... I hope someone out there will fall in love with this sweet poignant story of a little girl named Lizbeth, who believes that she can do anything, even light up the lighthouse after it goes dark in a storm. Lizbeth is spirited, big hearted. and is always finding herself in trouble --- for the right reasons. If my sister so inspires me, Lizbeth may be in for many more adventures in the future.