Dusting Yourself Off

Hello Fellow Children’s Writers and Friends,It’s good to be here again, I haven’t really had a lot to say lately because I’m at that stage where all I can really do is submit and wait. While I know that sounds quite passive, it’s actually a huge step on the road for me. I have spent the last few years as you know learning via, books, courses and conferences as well as networking both physically and online. This has been and will remain important when opportunities and budget allow, however, I have had a huge fear of submitting and have done so very selectively. With thanks to the wonderful FAW and the fantastic CKT Workshop I have found both the skills and the courage to do so and I have been so much more determined and consistent this year and strangely enough when you have several manuscripts out there the wait is not so tense.   

                                                                
When the rejections come, however, as they inevitably will, it still throws a spanner into your positive attitude plan. I’m happy to say that so far this year, I haven’t had one and in fact I’ve had one acceptance for the CKT Anthology to notch into my publication belt. Yay! What I have had in relation to the title of this piece though is a poor result in a competition. A poor result for a ms I really believe in, but unlike before I’m not letting this sideswipe force me from the road. Did it hurt? Sure. Did it get me down? For a while, sure. Is it going to stop or even delay me? NO! No, I say because I’ve been there and done that and more importantly because both that piece and several other mss are out there on the road where there’s always a chance some likeminded traveller will pick them up and take them to the main depot or at least another major stop on the road. It seems I’ve finally absorbed what I’ve known for some time now, that being a writer on the road to publication involves a fair bit of tripping and falling on dirt tracks so naturally it’s also going to involve some picking yourself up and dusting yourself off so you can get back into the fun of the game.  

                                                                                                                

This was so easy as a child, I’m not sure when and why it became so difficult, but I do know that when you remember how and focus on developing your skills so you can enjoy the game even more, remembering to play proudly no matter the result, it all becomes a little easier- this week anyway. Ha ha. I needed to add that so I wasn’t becoming too trite. 

      Well, now that it’s only my hands that are dusty, I’ve submissions to make, manuscripts to critique and a writing assignment to complete, so it’s farewell from me, fellow travellers,

Savour the quest

Journeygirl

PS. So this post is not so irregular I’m going to be more realistic and aim for a monthly comment and the occasional meme, inspirational quote reposted blog and hopefully the odd bit of exciting industry news.

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About Artelle Lenthall

I am a wife, mother and emerging Children's Author. I am loving the new 'sites' on the road to publication. I belong to the Fellowship of Australian Writers(FAW) Creative Kids Tales(CKT) and the NSW Writers Centre and although I'd love to belong to more writing related organisations, I have found friends, support, critiquing and general encouragement with these, for which I am truly grateful. I also subscribe to Tara Lazar's specialist Picture Book website which often inspires me in the development of my craft. Worth a look if like me, Picture Books are your passion.
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