As I struggle with revisions to my midgrade historical novel, I am struck by how perfect the following quote is:
Writing is not a profession, after all; it's an obsession, a long-term sentence in a rubber room of uncertainty and doubt.
- New York Times Notable Book winner, Mark Ribowsky
Lisa Wheeler (www.lisawheeler.com), picture book author extraordinaire, shared this resource for free critiquing from industry professionals. Yes. You read that right. The website is: http://rateyourstory.blogspot.com/. I tried it out and Margot Finke was my critiquer. She did a great job finding the sticking points in a new picture book manuscript. And she did it for free, quickly, and effectively. Can't ask for much more than that! Try it!
Writers, do you know about this resource? Jacketflap http://www.jacketflap.com/index.asp provides a wealth of information about books, publishers, authors, illustrators...Check it out. It is free and is a good place to start research on publishers prior to submitting -- because we all know how important it is to research the most appropriate publishers for our submissions, right? Right?
Set up your own profile on Jacketflap. It's easy!
"Write like you are drunk. Edit like you are sober."
--- Tamra Tuller, editor, Philomel Books
Carrie Pearson is a children's book author and creator-cheerleader.