OK, this year has been incredibly good for writing news for me so far. There has been a book sale (more details to come after I sign a contract), a Minnesota Book Award Finalist, a Cybils award, Scholastic Book Club fun, Golden Kite Picture Book Text Honor, another honor I can’t announce yet, the Riverby Award for nature writing…wow. I am overwhelmed, and I am so grateful for all your congratulations and good-natured cheering me on.
But, I don’t want you to get the impression that my writing life is somehow golden, and I am immune to failure. Has this been an awesome two months? Oh, you bet! I wish it could stay like this forever. But it won’t. And even with all the wonderful news rolling in lately,?I’ve had?failures, too. So, just to keep it real, I thought I’d share a few things:
- Other than two books that are companion books to an already-existing book, I have not had a sale in years. That’s right–years. My agent is submitting. Editors are rejecting.
- I have yet to sell another poetry collection. Clarion acquired Stampede!: Poems to Celebrate the Wild Side of School?and BookSpeak!: Poems About Books?back in 2007 (and maybe 2008 for BookSpeak). That was my last poetry collection sale. I love Clarion and want to publish another book with them, but I haven’t come up with the right project. Um. I haven’t come up with the right project for any other wonderful publishers of children’s poetry, either.
- I recently did an assessment writing test/audition that took about four hours for a company I wrote for years ago. They put out a call, so they are actively looking for writers. Here’s the brush-off I got: “Thank you for completing [XYZ’s] writing exercise. We appreciate your time, but currently, we do not have any writing opportunities that match your abilities. We will contact you if this changes.”
- I signed up for Picture Book Marathon 2013, and instead of writing 26 picture book rough drafts, I wrote–wait for it–one. One measly little first draft.
OK, I’m getting depressed, so I won’t list anymore. I just want to share that while I accomplish a lot of my goals, and while I’ve had a lovely streak of luck in the reception to my books recently, I’m still there in the trenches–winning some, losing some, and writing anyway.
Anybody want to share their biggest writing-related failure/disappointment recently?