“Surround yourself by what you want to become,” she told me.
I wasn’t really sure how I was supposed to do that. Stalk other children’s writers? Randomly call them up and introduce myself?
She recommended that I join SCBWI, so I did. I also started to blog and took a writing class. I finished editing my novel, started querying and found an editor in New York who requested the full manuscript. I attended critiquenics and writer’s day events. I entered a contest and won third place.
And now I realize that I’ve done it. I’ve surrounded myself by an amazing group of people I didn’t know a year ago. I’ve met some wonderful authors, both in person and through the internet. And I’ve pushed myself closer to my goal, so close that I can smell the ink on the presses!
I may not have a published book yet, but I honestly believe it’s only a matter of time.
Thank you, Mary. I’ll keep you posted :^)