After I finished editing my children's book for mass consumption, I thought the hard part was over and the easy part was coming up:
"Send it to a literary agent who would take one look at it, call me up and tell me that I am the Steinbeck of Children's Book Literature."
And continously praise me for my innovation and geniusness (is that even a word?).
Well, as all writers know...it's a tough road to hoe. I assumed I would just send this story out and people would be clamoring for the chance to turn this story from my head into a bonafide children's book - with movie rights to come in a couple weeks.
Not the case.
I've since sent my 'exclusive' story out to two agents and one publishing company.
To surmise all of their feedback:
- You've got a great story here
- But its not for us
- There are a lot of great ideas out there.
- We have to pick and choose the great ones.
- But we may be wrong.
- We encourage you to try other publishers and agents.
- Blah, blah, blah.
I agree. Living the life of a copywriter and cartoonist, you learn to live with rejection.
It feeds the fire.
That why, I'm going to keep sending it out for representation. I believe in this story. I think it needs to be told. I think it's fun.
But, if nothing happens within a month or so, I just may have to rethink my strategy and do this one on my own.
Maybe a version1 with my drawings.
Then, down the line, a version 2 with a professional illustrator's drawings.
In any event, onward and upward.