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.