Life as a Writer, Disney World Cast Member, and
Big Sister through Foster Care & Adoption
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Today was one of those days where I couldn't stop thinking about my novel. No matter what I did, or how much I tried to focus on something else, I just kept going back to thoughts of the book.
I still haven't heard back from any of the literary agents to whom I reached out, but I'm not really upset about that. I know that it takes a lot of hard work to get a book published, and I knew going into it that I wasn't going to get an agent on my very first try. I'm more frustrated with the fact that I don't know how long I should wait before reaching out to other agents, or what exactly I should be changing, if anything, with the letter that I'm sending to agents.
Each letter that I've sent out has been written specifically for the agent to whom I'm sending it. I've researched agents and included specific reasons why I thought that they might be interested in my novel, or why I would like to work with them. It's not just some form letter that I'm sending to a million people. That being said though, the actual paragraph describing the novel has been the same in each letter. It's like the back of the book, the inside of the jacket flap, the paragraph that tells you what the book is about and draws you, the reader, in. So how could I change it from one letter to the next, when the book itself wasn't changing?
My point is that I'm just at this standstill where I don't know what my next move should be. I think that I'm going to start researching other literary agents, even though I still have a small list of agents to whom I can write next. I want a plan B, C, D, and E if I should still not find someone interested in the book. I know without a doubt that my book should be published, and that when it is published, it will make a difference in the world. It's just a matter of finding the right people to work with, people who will believe in my book and the change that it can bring about, and then the possibilities will be endless.
In the meantime, I continue to go back and forth between other projects. Two children's books, a Young Adult novel, illustrations... I can't decide which project I want to compete first, so rather than focusing all of my energy on one book, I'm dividing my time. I work on whichever project sparks an idea at any given time.
I'm also really proud to announce that this blog has reached over 20,000 unique visitors, which is just incredible. I'm sincerely amazed each and every day at how much support I receive, and I know that a lot of it is from people who I don't even have the pleasure of knowing personally. So thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading this blog, sharing it with others, and continuing to come back each day for new updates. I can't wait for the day that I can share news of my books being published on this blog.
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My family has been doing foster care since I was three years old. I'm the only biological child in my family, though I now have five permanent siblings. Having nineteen siblings over the course of my lifetime has been an incredible experience, and I'm hoping that by sharing some of the ups and downs of being the only bio kid in a foster family, other foster families or people looking into doing foster care will be able to learn a bit of what life can be like. I also like to share what life is like on my journey to becoming a published author, as well as where my schooling and career choice are taking me.