Wednesday, September 9, 2015

A writer's dilemma...

Copyright 2015 Mary Licata 
Here it is September  - hard to believe.  Time passes so quickly...

I wanted to update you on my progress with the children's book - so far, no agent and no publisher, but I do have a contact.  We'll see how it plays out.  Since I last wrote, I have researched additional agents and publishers.  Many of the children's book publishers require "snail" mail, so I have sent out about fifteen packages.  No rejections yet - no acceptances yet as well.  At some point, I'll have to decide whether or not to self-publish this story.  How many of you have done this?  Please share your experiences with us.

The illustration above is another of Mary Licata's wonderful drawings.  She has produced nineteen of these, each one more stunning than the last.  This one is especially touching for me - a young girl with her Daddy.   How can we forgot those cherished moments.  I lost my Dad when I was young, but there is not a day that goes by that I don't think of him, talk to him, miss him.  The touching moments that Mary has depicted in her drawings evoke emotions in all of us, parents and children alike.  

I'm thinking of writing a sequel to this story... the little girl is strong, adorable and sweet, but like most of us, finds herself in trouble, more often than not.  I can see her on many more adventures accompanied by all her supporting characters.

While my children's book is seeking a publisher, I'm back editing my other two novels.   It was good to be away from them for a few months because I can read them with a clearer eye.

I'm going to be traveling soon and so I've bought two new books to read, Lisa Scottoline's Betrayed, a murder mystery and  Nan Rossiter's Nantucket, a lost love romance.  These are two authors I haven't read before and I'm hoping that they will open new writing channels for me.  Everyone always says to be a good writer, you have to be a good reader.

Keep writing -- it's good for the soul.