An Inspirational Day
This has become my goal. It is the place I picture in my mind that I want my book to be once it's finished. On those very shelves, among other wonderful, gorgeous, delectible little children's books; this is where I want my words to be. A sweet little bookstore on a corner somewhere in an historic town is where I want my book to live. I'd like to be the one at the end of the line smiling and signing copies and encouraging new writers to do the same. This is my brand new quest.
The story goes that my family and I were in line at a this wonderful book store called "Children's Book World" in Haverford, PA this weekend. In the picture, we are heading toward the end of the line (the goal of our trip) for a meet and greet /photo-op/book signing for one of my daughter's most beloved YouTubers, Dan TDM. This was his first book. As we inched closer to Dan Middleton, all I could focus on besides his adorable British accent were his reps from Harper Collins. The two of them came into view as we rounded the corner. I felt like Ralphie in A Christmas Story as I quickly thought about what I should say to them. Clearly I first asked if I could give them my card saying I was an aspiring author. They very kindly told me that an agent is the best route and told me a website in which to find one.
There was an earlier book signing for a lovely little children's book called It Is Not Time For Sleeping by Lisa Graff and Lauren Castillo (Caldecott Honor Winner for her book Nana In The City). I was able to meet both of these lovely ladies and chat with them about the process, confessing that I was a complete novice but that I'd like to someday literally be in their chairs. Lisa Graff (author of several books including A Tangle of Knots) gave me some resources to use, a lot of encouragement, and the best little inscription in her book that she signed for me: "It is always time for good books!" That was exactly what I needed to hear.
Now, I've been toying with the idea for a children's book for quite some time now, and once I stepped into this shop, it sealed the deal for me. I found a new goal: I want to be the person signing the books someday.
I already had a manuscript written. I had submitted it to my contact at Sesame Street and was awaiting a response. I kept getting the same feedback: YOU NEED AN AGENT. So this is where I stand today. Ready to take on the challenge. Willing to do the work. Waiting for the right combination of things to happen. I am faithful that if this is meant to be, it will be. Because, as Lisa Graff says: It is always time for a good book!
..........to be continued..............