Hello all! Since my last post I have begun tightening up four books and doing a ton of revisions to others. I also have a couple more stories started. In my 12×12 writing community I have learned that you should have several books ready to go when you start submitting to agents. Thanks to my peers on 12×12, their amazing editors/published authors (our writing elves) and featured authors tips and webinars, I’m well on my way to start submitting again. It’s an amazing community and I’m proud to be part of it. In addition to traditional publishing, I’d like to try the independent route by publishing an electronic book to Amazon/Kindle.
Although it can be quite overwhelming to find time to do 12×12, research, write, blog, work full time, have a personal life (almost nonexistent at times) and (most importantly) raise my son, I have found one thought that helps me put it into perspective;
If you are trying to find time, it will never happen. You have to create time. Even if it’s only 30 minutes a day, that’s still 30 minutes further in writing and learning then you were the day before.
So that’s the quick catch-up on me…I’ll be sharing what I learn about the writing industry as I go along and I hope you will join me for the ride and get some useful information from it. Plus I have some hilarious stories to share about Ryan and plan to still add short posts on the history behind some of our favorite stories from when we were kids, along with new stories my son and I read now…
For anyone who writes in rhyme, I found an amazing editor/author who has a class available on this and I’d like to share her rhyme and meter webinar that is packed full of useful tips. They are correct when they say if you don’t know what your four major metric feet are, like iamb or trochee, or the names of the metrical lines, DON’T even think about sending it to an agent or publishing house. Here’s an example below. Bold syllables are the stressed syllables and the others are the unstressed syllables. Each metric foot contains stressed and unstressed beats. First you figure out your metric foot. The below example is trochee. Then figure out how many metric feet are in the line of the stanza. In this case, there are four (tetrameter):
Tull-y was a ti-ny mon-ster. = 4 /u/u/u/u = trochaic tetrameter
With time and practice, it will all fall into place. Here’s Renee’s webinar that will get you started to understanding it all – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_efGfR9DvY
If you want to gain a wealth of knowledge and contacts in the art and industry of writing and publishing children’s books, please check out the link below. 12×12 is an amazing challenge that has honestly become priceless to me. Registration is closed for 2016 but you can sign up to be on the waiting list for 2017. I recommend it. http://12x12challenge.com/
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