I've discovered making a website is not easy!
In fact, writing as a whole is not easy. I am still a traveller plodding along the storybook road. The publishing Emerald City a sparkling, green glow on the horizon.
Still, when I glance back I realize how far I have already travelled. My feet ache a bit and there are times I don't want to take another step.
But... when I feel disheartened it helps to think of the steps, yards, miles I have taken so far. Along my journey I have been given many golden nuggets of help and support. Each one giving me a boost, a skip in my step.
I hope that someone on their journey will find a golden nugget here.
The ABCs for New Picture Book Writers
This is crucial for succeeding in the children's writing world. It takes drive and perseverance to continue despite rejections, lack of 'hearts' on twitter pitches, and contest entries that end up in the digital trash can.
Sometimes it feels like you are getting nowhere...but be like the cowardly lion and find COURAGE!
I can not tell you how amazing it is to see fellow writers who I've followed over the last 18 months win competitions, find agents, announce their publishing deal on Publisher's Marketplace, reveal their book cover...
It CAN happen for you too!
There is a huge amount of information to be found online for free. In fact, it can become overwhelming. These are some blogs that I like, and that have helped me:
Picture book builders
They do cost money, but if you can manage it there is a lot to be gained by meeting other writers and learning from agents, authors, and editors in person.
Going to your local SCBWI conference is an excellent place to start. It will be less expensive and, hopefully, you will be able to save on hotel costs.
Reading out your work in front of other writers and industry experts will be worth the shaking hands and nausea!
If an in-person conference isn't an option, then there are some great online conferences for writers too. These are very reasonably priced (and you can stay in your pajamas!!!)
Write On Con
Picture Book Summit
To be Continued...