Getting published

I’ve been feeling especially motivated to reach my career goals, even though staying home with kids full-time and going through the motions of being – what should I call it – a domestic engineer often leaves little time for extracurriculars.  My husband and I have had several long conversations about where we want our life as a family to go within the next few years and, boy, do we have some expensive aspirations.  A second income is not only ideal, it’s necessary to see our dreams to fruition.

Enter… moi.

“Going through the motions” is inaccurate, by the way.  I take pride in all the responsibilities I have.  I facilitate life for my family and I get joy out of it.  Everybody wins.

I would like a career, though.

I started this blog as a creative outlet for all those balls bouncing around in my brain and to frequently occasionally vent lingering frustrations.  It gives me the much needed practice that any writer needs to improve.  I truly enjoy the interaction with all of you, especially your comments (I read all of them) that remind me that you’re actually there and that you’re not a bunch of robots.  Or aliens or something.  You’re not, are you?

To continue my progress (if I’m making any at all), I’ve decided to work on a children’s book and I’m very excited about it.  There’s lots of research and writing and rewriting to be done, and let’s not forget I’m not a published author at this point so I have no idea what the hell I’m doing.  What I do know is that publishing my work in any genre has been a long-time dream.  The characters I’ve created are alive in my mind and seeing them live on the pages of an actual book in the hands of a child would seriously be the cat’s pajamas.

Why a children’s book?

Long ago I used to think there was less challenge in writing a book for children rather than adults.  Wrong.  With a children’s book, each and every word and moment on the page must grab onto the child’s attention with all its might.  Lose momentum and you’ve lost the young reader.  The best part, though, is that reading at night with my kids is usually the funniest part of the day.  Their genuine, contagious laughter fills our house.  What could be better?

Here’s where any of you who are published or who are in that process can jump in with advice.  I’m all ears!

I found some helpful tips herehere and here.  And here.

Either way, it’s a challenge.  And rejection is a probability.  Guess I should expect plenty of both while holding on to the hope that a publisher will eventually want my work.  I’ll keep you posted.

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This entry was published on March 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm. It’s filed under books, career, chitchat, Kids and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

2 thoughts on “Getting published

  1. What an exciting adventure for you! I don’t know too much about publishing but a friend of mine is an illustrator & has published a few things so she may be a good resource for you. Her website is http://www.karenroy.com . Good luck!

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