Friday, March 17, 2006

Publish Me...I'm Balding! -- Jay

One of the best tips to strengthen any manuscript is to eliminate the “ing” words. “He ran down the hall” is stronger than “He was running down the hall.” That said, I want you to know that my head is not bald...it is balding. And this week, I embraced my thinning hair by introducing it to my razor. It’s not entirely gone, just closer now to stubble than a mane (and lookin' pretty good, if I do say so myself).

So what does this have to do with the main topic of our blog, the struggle to get published? I’ve noticed for a long time that many of my favorite male children’s book authors are bald (though some, like me, refuse to completely let go of the “ing”). Bruce Coville. Gordon Korman. Sid Fleischman. Richard Peck.

I’ve tried everything else to get published. Been through three agents. Won plenty of awards. Now I even look like a published author! So to any editor who might read this, if it’s the image that’s been keeping you away, I just took care of that.

I’m ready.

I’m waiting.

CALL ME!!!

...please.

- Jay

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Jay,

If we could audition to be authors (think AMERICAN IDOL), you'd so get the vote!

--Jessica

www.jessicaleeanderson.com

Wawa said...

Love the picture! I was at the L.A. conference and have one too. The three of you looked great, LOL!

Debby G. said...

LOL. That post alone is so funny and honest, if I were an editor I'd publish you. But I'll never be an editor because I'm over 25 years old and over 100 pounds.

I hear bald is the new black.

Have a good weekend.

Disco Mermaids said...

Y'all are great! I was so nervous when my wife started shaving my noggin...luckily, I didn't have any weird wrinkles in my scalp.

If any of you attend the L.A. conference this year, I'll let ya rub the stubble. I think it's supposed to bring good luck.

- Jay

Anonymous said...

Glad you didn't have any weird wrinkles, Jay. When I shaved off my husband's hair, we discovered his birthmarks!

--Jessica

Paige Keiser said...
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Paige Keiser said...

Best of luck getting published! I've really enjoyed reading your posts on here.

Miss P AKA Her Royal Cliqueness said...

Jay you are a trip!!! Here's hoping this works for you. It could very well have been the last barrier in your way.

Anonymous said...

Now if ONLY you'd shave your ass...

--EK

Disco Mermaids said...

Okay, I just had to mention that the previous comment came from my college roommate who’s getting married this year and YOURS TRULY is performing the ceremony. So if he thinks concealed body hair (not that I’m admitting to his accusation) is appropriate to discuss in a public forum…GAME ON!!!

- Jay