taking the leap – #WhatImWriting

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It’s been another busy week in the Bubble household and I haven’t had much time to write, but in all the little gaps available I’ve been… ummm… very productively ripping apart my second picture book. And putting it back together again. And then deciding it was better to begin with! Argh! Luckily a wise friend stepped in and told me it that regardless of whether I felt I’d written the ‘final draft’ all the elements were there – engaging story, appealing characters, interesting rhymes, lovely imagery – and I should just leave it alone for a while. So I’m going to do that. I have a hunch if I return to it with fresh eyes (and perhaps some wise counsel from elsewhere) I’ll be able to knock it into shape quite fast. Fingers crossed.

So I’ve now started work on book number three! I’m already quite excited about this one. Of the three of them it has the most potential for comedy and I love a chuckle while reading to my kids. I know what the overall story is, and bits of description and dialogue keep leaping into my head at random times so that’s keeping me busy too.

Meanwhile I’ve shown my first picture book to more friends (all with kids so they are very much immersed in the world of picture books at the moment) and received a resounding thumbs up. I have to say I have a particular passion for this book. It kind of ‘has my heart’ if that makes sense? So the mere idea of seeing it illustrated and published and out there is just so exciting I can’t really think too hard about it!

But I’m just at the start of a long journey with it  – and indeed all my books – and I know that along the way I’ve got to accept all manner of rejections. Just because some friends of mine love what I’ve written doesn’t mean that others will. And even if others do, there’s still a big leap from someone liking it, to liking it enough to find an illustrator for it and actually publishing it.

These doubts have been nibbling at my toes this last week and stopping me from taking the next step. After all, if I don’t submit my work anywhere then it cant get rejected can it? How clever of me to protect myself in such a way. Or not.

So, no more! I’ve been on Agent Hunter (a really helpful website that I got a free subscription to – a blog post about it, is to follow) and have scoured through the profiles of masses of agents. I’m putting together a shortlist and have found someone in particular I really want to show my work to. So this week I’m going to do it: I am going to submit my first picture book manuscript.


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18 thoughts on “taking the leap – #WhatImWriting

  1. Iona@redpeffer

    Sounds like an extremely productive week! Go for it, and see what happens. I know exactly what you mean about the ‘if I don’t submit my work then it can’t get rejected’ thought process too :)

  2. Sophie Lovett

    How exciting!!! And a very necessary step to take I think. It’s all well and good to be writing, but ultimately we do want our words to be read. Good luck with the submissions, and with working on book number three too. I definitely think it’s a good idea to just keep going whilst you’re waiting to see what happens with the first! It can be a loooong process… xx

  3. Carol Cameleon

    Oooh the excitement Maddy! I totally get what you mean by ‘has my heart’. That to me is one of the best parts of the whole writing process. That website sounds good. I’ll keep an eye out fr your blogpost :) #whatimwriting

    1. Maddy Post author

      Thanks Carol – yes it is exciting in a scary way! I might link up the Agent Hunter post (when I write it) to #www as it’s relevant to writers! xx

  4. Sara (@mumturnedmom)

    That all sounds so exciting! And very productive :) Nothing ventured and all that… such a wonderfully positive post xx Sorry for being MIA from the linky, time has not been on my side, although I have been reading the posts!

  5. Adria J. Cimino

    Sounds like a great plan! The idea of rejection is frightening, but in the end, it’s often worse in your own imagination than the words you will actually hear from an agent or publisher. Good luck!

  6. Emily Organ

    Good luck! I love your excuse that if you don’t submit it anywhere it can’t get rejected. I completely identify with that! It’s a rule I’ve been following too : )

  7. Chrissie Metcalf (Kristina)

    Yay. I’m gld you’re finding Agent Hunter helpful. That’s a huge leap (I’m also caught up in the “If I don’t submit it, it can’t be rejected” loop). I hear that rejection is all part of the game though, so go for it! (and thanks for hosting and all that, especially as you’ve had a a busy week and I thought someone said something about a birthday?) x

  8. Maddy Post author

    Yes it was my birthday! I managed to fit in most of the linky commenting though somehow (although ended up too full of wine and cheese to continue)! Rejection is part of the game as you say so I guess we just need to take the leap and hope for the best! Thanks Chrissie. xx


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