Kimberly, I absolutely LOVED this post! That's where I am now; I'm still learning to trust my gut, or intuition, if you will. My wake-up call to follow my dream came about 4 years ago when a friend of mine told me she was coming out with a book (non-fiction) from HarperCollins no less. That hit me like a brick because that had always been MY dream. So, a few months later, I didn't tell her, but I put that dream into action & started writing what I thought was a picture book (until an editor at Random House sent me a rejection suggesting I try it as a chapter book/novel), but is now my MG historical novel. After multiple revisions over the last 2 years, I hope to finally send it out this summer--and trust my gut.
Crystal--Thank goodness for all those folks who have helped us on this journey. I'm so thankful that my friend shared her goal with me because I'd might still be dreaming. Thank goodness for your friend who shared the news of her selling a book. I'm also thankful for all the editors who turned me down because some of them cared enough to tell me why. And that editor who hit on the major flaw in the plot and writing was a godsend.Just as I know you are thankful for the Random House editor who suggested turning your PB into a chapter book or novel. So if there are any editors reading this, please know that your personal rejections help writers grow in our craft.Crystal, good luck on sending your manuscript out and please keep us posted!
Yes, Kimberly, I am very thankful for that editor's suggestion. Thanks for those good wishes and I will definitely keep you posted! :)