We can all agree that 2020 has been a hard year. But, when there are hard times, there are opportunities for growth. Let's say that many of us are getting so many opportunities for growth this year, myself included. However, there is always good! I want to share some of the good, bad, and ugly going on right now.
The good: My YA novel was set up to go to editing, so I inquired with my children's book editor who to consider. I inquired with five editors on Reedsy, based on her recommendation. Starting November 15, I will be working with Jennifer Rees, THE FORMER EDITOR OF THE HUNGER GAMES. Yes, I freaked out. Now, I'm not going to say that my YA novel is near Hunger Games level, but my editor IS. I'm so excited to learn anything I can from her.
Additionally, my middle grade chapter book (Sassafras Gets a Puppy) is contracted with Aleksander Jasinski (https://www.artstation.com/alexjasinski). I am hoping to snag him for my next picture book (How Zebras Lost Their Colors) as well, which just finished up in editing.
The bad: There have been some setbacks on my first book. I am looking to pivot and keep marching ahead. The Toot Fairy has been delayed until further notice, but I am hoping it'll release next year.
The ugly: By ugly, I mean ugly crying. My mom, who inspired me to chase this dream, passed away September 16, 2020 after an illness that stretched over 7 years. She leaves behind a legacy of love and education. She was a teacher for over 20 years, and she worked very hard to ensure all her children were able to go to college. I will miss her terribly. I so wish she could have seen a published book, but she knew I would do anything I put my mind to. She was proud of her children, and I was proud to have her as my mother.
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