I’d been intrigued by the beauty of the Botswana landscape from what I saw on television, movies, and in library books. This was the setting I envisioned. It was powerful and colorful. As I wrote my pen felt like a skinny paint brush over the paper.
After a month of editing I sent it out to a big name publisher that at the time was still taking unsolicited manuscripts. Per rules I didn’t include a SASE. About three months later a letter with the publishers logo arrived in my mailbox. The editor wrote that she loved the story, BUT not enough because she was unable to connect with “the voice.”
I submitted again, and again….and again. Receiving several more personal letters from editors that loved it, BUT couldn’t connect with “the voice.”
When I moved to a new state I joined the SCBWI and later a critique group. I edited it and sent it out again. (I couldn’t change my voice, it was my way of writing after-all).
Now I was getting back form rejections…and more and more.
Then during a clearance sale at a book store I finally was able to picked up a copy of Writing Picture Books by Ann Whitford Paul (2009).
I did a HARDCORE edit. And made one final submission.
Two weeks later I got an email…THE EMAIL!!! You know….THE E M A I L!!!!!
My book….MY BOOK!!!! Nonnie and I is available on Kindle and paperback.
*Illustrated by Lisa M Griffin. Published by Xist Publishing.
***UPDATE: A copy of Nonnie and I was sent to Marley Dias for her #1000blackgirlbooks project