Coming off the Olympics, the life of a writer probably won’t sound very exciting. But actually, it’s much like figure skating with its subjective judging, slalom with obstacle after obstacle, and the half-pipe with its ups and downs. A typical day, though, sounds more like curling.
After I exercise, eat breakfast, and attain an acceptable level of presentability, I fill a mug with coffee and head to the study. I’m a list person, so I’ll give it to you straight.
Such is the life of a children’s writer. But, in reality, I get a handful of responses to submitted manuscripts each month. And… [DING! Yay? Someone is interested? WooHoo!] and, if I’m lucky, that long-awaited, much-hoped-for “someone loves it!” happens a few times a year.
And so it goes…all because there’s something about the thought of a child
pulling that “idea that became a real book” from the shelf,
and the ultimate win - the elusive “read it again.”
AN INCONVENIENT ALPHABET, BEN FRANKLIN & NOAH WEBSTER’S SPELLING REVOLUTION by Beth Anderson, illustrated by Elizabeth Baddeley
Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, Sept. 25, 2018
Now available for preorder.