Wednesday, April 14, 2010

A Need to Write

From a very young age, I have had stories swimming in my head. Stories of fantasy, adventure, and happily ever after. These stories play continuously in my mind, day and night. In grade school, my favorite place to go was the Book Nook. This was our elementary school’s own “Publishing Company”. With so many books published from the Book Nook, I knew that one day I was going to a writer. However, to my own disappointment, I put my dream on hold to pursue the path that was expected of me.

Upon entering college as an English major, I was constantly asked what in the world was I planning to do with a B.A. in English. Of course I couldn’t say I was going to be a writer…That just wasn’t practical. So I settled on teaching elementary school. Since most of what I write is geared towards kids, this was an opportunity to get a front row seat into the minds of the children that I would love to write for. By working in an elementary school for 5 years, I was able to get a good idea of what children loved to read. I was ready to write my masterpiece, except for one small perfectly beautiful problem. The week before the last day of school, I gave birth to my first beautiful baby girl.

At the time, I honestly didn’t even think about my writing. I was so in love with my little girl (and busy), that everything was focused around her. It wasn’t until I was 5 months pregnant with my second child that my writing itch came back. During my second pregnancy, I was on bed-rest for about 3 months. During these 3 months, thanks to my mom helping out with my eldest daughter, I was able to write my first children’s novel. But again, another beautiful daughter was born and my writing was forgotten.

My youngest daughter is now 4 and my lonely novel is tired of collecting dust. So begins my journey to find an agent and get my book(s) published. From all the research I have gathered, this is not an easy task to accomplish. Many great books have been passed over, simply because the market was not right at the time. Some agencies only take a few new clients a year. And most agencies are not big fans of representing children’s chapter books. Even with hundreds of factors working against me, I will try to stay positive throughout my journey. All it takes is one yes!

25 comments:

Aleksandra said...

That's great! Good luck, Kelly!!!

Deb said...

I am so proud of you...you hang in there and God will provide just the right publisher...in HIS time!!! Thank you so very much for being such a faithful follower of Jeremiah 29:11!!! You have 2 precious little girls...our daughter has 2 precious little boys!!! Too bad we don't live closer!!! We could have play dates!

Safe Home Happy Mom said...

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Thanks.

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Robyn Campbell said...

I am a Children's writer. Nice to see a fellow long-sufferer on Friday follow. Not too many writers here. I am about ready to query agents for my MG novel.

I also have a lot of picture books.

Look over query tracker, if you haven't already. They have a huge database of agents. Lots and lots, that take new clients on every day.

Stop by my blog sometime. My writing partner just got an agent in Dec. and they sold her book in March. To Razorbill.

Happy writing. (^_^)

Kel said...

Thanks for the info Robin. My book is also MG and I've been looking through Jeff Herman's book, but I definitely wanted some other options to explore. Best of luck to you!

Kel said...

Thanks Aleksandra for stopping by! On a side note...Although my mom does not publicly follow blogs, your is her favorite!

Kel said...

Deb - Thanks for supporting my new blog. Sometimes as a writer, I just need to get things out on "paper" to help with the process. But my writing journey doesn't really fit Between the Lines, so new blog....Here I come! :)

Mom et al said...

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Ode to Motherhood said...

I'm interested in reading more of your blog. I'm an aspiring writer as well.

Happy Friday Follow!

Following you now.

tara said...

I'm a new follower from Follow Friday. Best of luck with your writing journey - stick with it!

Jenna said...

Here from FF! I'm your newest follower. I'd love it if you could come visit/follow me at www.momsbalancingact.com!

Have a great day!

waterwaif said...

Found you through Friday Follow and am now following. Can't wait to follow you on your journey as a writer!

Happy Friday!

Shannon said...

I'm so glad to find you! I am in the process of writing a book as well. It is about our journey to adopt our daughter Georgia from China who was very ill and how God literally saved her life. I am from Friday Follows. If you get a chance, come visit my blog. We are helping a baby girl (who happens to be an orphan) get her life saving heart surgery so that she can have a chance to find her family!!!!
We also try to get the word out about families who are making and selling things to help fund their adoptions...
Shannon
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Sharon's New Life said...

Good luck with your book!
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Sharon:)

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Wow! a whole book. I love writing too, but in small segments, descriptions, letters. I get overwhelmed even thinking about all it takes to craft a story and then sell it. Good luck with that. I will flollow along and maybe learn something.

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Elisabeth Marie said...

Best of luck! Here's some of the positive vibes you asked for! ;)

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Midday Escapades said...

Visiting and following from Friday Follow. Good luck with your writing. Appreciate you joining us.

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Kristine said...

Hi!
I've had stories in my head all my life too. Good luck! And thanks for commenting on my blog and following.
Have a wonderful Sunday!
Kristine

Amy said...

Hello from Friday Follow...Good luck with your writing (and publishing) endeavors!

kelly said...

Hello from adventuresinmomville.com and Friday Follow! Loving your blog and looking forward to following!