The Magic Number

Today I’m guest posting over at Adventures in Children’s Publishing. I’m both terrified and honored that they’re including something from me on their amazing blog! Here’s a sneak peek at what I wrote:


A friend asked me the other day how many queries she should send out for a book before giving up.


My first reaction was, β€œNEVER GIVE UP!” But then I started thinking about my own querying journey and I realized sometimes, you do have to give up.

I started querying SECRET OF UNDINE in early 2009. I loved that book. It had water faeries and trolls, and two unsuspecting kids who get caught up in a territory war between the magical creatures. It was brilliant. *snarf* I entered it in a prominent contest and won third place. I thought I had it made. Agents were going to be lining up to get their hands on this story…

Head on over to Adventures in Children’s Publishing to read the rest.

And if you haven’t already left a comment to be entered in the fabulous drawing for the ARCs of three soon-to-be-released books, get thee to the post below. Or just follow this handy link πŸ™‚

9 thoughts on “The Magic Number

  1. Just came over here to follow your blog after reading your post on Adventures in Children's Publishing. It was a great read. Thanks for sharing your experiences. πŸ™‚

  2. So, I'm a little behind in my blog reading, but I just read your post over on Adventures in Children's Publishing, and I LOVED it. I've heard bits of your story before, but you wrote it in a way that inspired me anew!

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