Teen Scouts help the Mill Valley Masketeers by cutting hundreds of t-shirts to make ear ties. Led by local Mill Valley citizen Lee Budish, people from around the community came together like the Scouts, to donate fabric, cut, sew and deliver over 14,000 masks to those in need.
I have completed 2 chapter book manuscripts. I’ve been submitting both a bit to agents and editors. Then I rewrite, then a new critique, then a new rewrite, then I submit. I’ve received complimentary rejections (which is way above a postcard, or check- the-box-of-no-suitability) and also postcards or crooked copies of “no thanks” form letters or just no response. So I have decided to take the plunge and hire an author that spoke at our SCBWI Summer Retreat two years ago to do a complete edit of both manuscripts.
My heart is torn. I love the characters and plots. What will happen now? Will she completely redraw the lines again? But I have decided I need to get off the plateau and get them into fighting shape from a published expert. If my characters now have the best chance to see the light of a child’s eye, it’s totally worth it. I know a true athlete re-frames their training when something is not working — so I am getting my writer athlete into new shape.
I hope my characters stay strong too. They are jumping in with me!