Thought fm My Coach about Viking

Some very encouraging thought from my coach. I like that she is able to bring me back to reality and it’s nice that she actually get me.

Ok, Deeeeeeeeeeeep Breaaaaaaaaaath.
(sometimes I really do have to remember to breathe)

From: xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: 3/2/2005 1:15:34 PM
To: cindyann@xxxxxxx.com
Subject: Creativity Coach

Dear Cindy Ann,

What great news. It is wonderful that your doggie made such an impression on this editor.

Your reaction, swinging from dread to ecstasy, is probably very normal among artists when faced with the possibility of publication. Take deep breaths and wait. For you must wait until she receives the package with your sample book, has time to review it, discuss it with her colleagues and send a response. This could take time. I am unsure of the etiquette involved with picture books, but I believe it is similar to the one with novels. (Check this out with your friends at the GAG, the ones who have published. Find out what they think of multiple submissions and how long you should wait for a reply before contacting the editor who has your sample.) I believe six weeks is a normal amount of time requested by editors to review materials. Come down to earth and realize that she has only promised to look at the book. This is great, but not a commitment. However, it could lead to a contract. It is hard, but you must be patient and be prepared for either outcome.

Let’s say she loves it and wants to sign you up. Great. But what if it is not what Viking Children’s Books is interested in publishing at the moment? In either case, she may ask you for any other samples of work you have. In which case, what is your best course of action while waiting for her response? Work on your xxxxxx story and try to have a sample ready within six weeks. Is that a possibility for you? I don’t know how far along you are on that project. If six weeks is too soon, then have the premise of the book firmly thought out and be ready to give an estimate of how long it will take to have a sample ready.

If, for some reason, xxxxxx is unable to persuade her colleagues to publish Franklin Meriwether Knox, be ready to send it out to the next editor on your list.

I don’t think you can screw this up Cindy. You have done everything correct so far. You have completed the sample. You have sent out a friendly, professional letter introducing yourself and inquiring if the editor would like to see your sample. And you have sent the package (having double checked the address).

Relax. Enjoy the feeling of accomplishment. And work on xxxxxx.

Congratulations,

xxxxxxx

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