A few things I learned:
- When submitting attachments (and only when requested, of course), make sure they are .doc and not .docx.
- Do what works for you.
- Stay true to your vision.
- Set clear goals and write them down, even the ones that seem unattainable.
- Celebrate every success, but especially the small ones like finishing a manuscript, getting your 10th rejection letter, writing for a solid hour this week.
- The main character can be the antagonist, while it's the protagonist who actually does the changing.
- To sell a lot of picture books, your book must do at least one of these three things really well (more is better):
- deal with a subject that speaks to the child
- use rich language to create special moments
- create genuine characters
Looking forward to the final workshop with Cynthea Liu and the Closing Keynote with Dan Yaccarino tomorrow morning. It feels good to be recharged.
Today's QUESTION: What do you do to get recharged? Yearly, monthly, weekly, even daily?
My annual SCBWI conference is a definite must! Not sure about the rest of the year, anybody have any great ideas?
Keep on keepin' on...