I have made these mistakes listed in this article below. As a woman writer we just do everything differently than men writers do. Women let’s not keep making the same mistakes.
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Here is a letter I wrote to the NY Times editor:
Letters to the Editor
The New York Times
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To the editor:
It was nice to see in the newspaper an article about small businesses. The article (Small Businesses Still Struggle, and That’s Impeding a Recovery, 2/13/13) was objective and informative. As a small business owner it is nice to gain some perspectives about where the economy is headed.
At one point you make the comment big companies are benefiting from being overseas while smaller businesses are “tied to the leaden domestic economy”. That is a fact we have seen since the Clinton administration. The tax laws benefit bigger companies more than smaller ones. There wasn’t enough information in the article about a solution to this problem.
Until the economy is on the right track we will see more and more small businesses close down. The only solution is to give tax breaks and benefits to small business owners. Any kind of incentive to stay in business in our country is good for the economy.
At the last writer’s conference I had received some feedback on a manuscript from an editor from HarperCollins. She gave me more than a page of great insight to help me write the best picture book out there. As I sat in the conference reading her notes the lady next to me said, “Did you get any critiques back?” I answered ‘yes’. She then wanted to know if the critique I received was nice also. So I let her read mine and she said, “This is really good.” We talked about where we were in our careers and where we wanted to be in the future. I found that I could talk to her like a comrade in arms. We both loved the conference and felt it was empowering and had a lot of great information.
When I went to my critque group the others in the group read the critique and there were words said like “this is golden” and “oh my gosh” and so on. I knew that the critique was good but I thought everyone at the conference was just being nice. But now I know that these words of encouragement from the editor were more than just words.
So I took the advice of the editor and tweaked just a few parts in the picture book manuscript. Now it is so polished it could be the sword “Sting”. I just knew that I could send it somewhere and get it published.
Well I sent it to HarperCollins and recieved a very useful rejection letter from an editor there. It hurt a little more than the form or generic rejections I have received in the past. But I see now that everyone is entitled to their opinion. Instead of getting upset I have deceided to put all my energy into finding the right avenue to have my picture book published. Whether that be traditional or independent.
The world is changing and we are not seperated by countries or bodies of water. Technology has made the world we “live in a planetary civilization”. (p. 459, Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder) Becoming published is easier than it has ever been before and the time is right for anyone to get their work out there. People all over the world can buy e-books a lot easier than print.
So I am taking my writing to the next phase, and like someone told me recently to “just publish it.” So keep an eye out for a children’s book with my name on it.
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