TRIBE OF MENTORS by Timothy Ferriss series.
Q.1 about books
Q.2 about best purchase under $100
How has failure, or apparent
failure, set you up for later success? Do you have a “favorite
failure” of yours?
I got my start in children's publishing with a middle grade novel LEAVING GEE'S BEND. That book found a warm, loving readership, and I followed up with another middle grade novel DON'T FEED THE BOY, which also happily found an audience. I thought that's what I was: a poet and novelist. A writer of middle grade novels.
So I turned to my other love: poetry. I just let myself play and have fun. Eventually I shared them with my agent. We started submitting these projects. And lo and behold, a few of these manuscripts sold! Poetry first, and then narrative picture books.
None of this could have happened if I hadn't "failed" with all those middle grade novels. And I know that every word I've written moves me toward something new, some other learning, some higher plateau. It wasn't a "waste of time." I don't wish I'd re-routed sooner. It all happened just as it needed to.
Just so you know, I haven't given up on middle grade novels. I'm still writing them and have some exciting news I hope to share very soon. :)
Meanwhile, my next picture book MEET MISS FANCY will be released in January, thanks to Excellent Editor Stacey Barney from Putnam -- with whom I worked on that very first novel (LEAVING GEE'S BEND). Cool, huh?
Very cool, Fancy & also uplifting to read, Miss Irene!ReplyDelete
If I would have taught at my first school in Dallas, I would have erased my student loans (it was a Title One school and a bit like being in the Peace Corps). I "failed" to make it five years there, but I cashed in my two years of TX teacher retirement and bought a master's degree in Children's Literature at OSU with Charlotte Huck as my advisor!ReplyDelete