I’m writing this because I want you to hold me accountable and I want you to share in my story.
Recently I wrote a children’s book called, ‘The Lost Button’ and on a whim, I entered it into a competition. The prize was a full page critique of your submitted manuscript by KBR (kids-bookreview.com/) and your manuscript being forwarded to Penguin Australia. There was never any guarantee that they would publish it, but still I thought ‘Wow – wouldn’t it be cool if someone ‘proper’ would read one of my stories…”
I don’t publish my kids stuff really and feedback would have been prize enough.
So anyway, I sent in my manuscript and I won!
I won the International Category and I was swiftly transported to Cloud 9 in a state of disbelief. (Goes to show it’s worth putting yourself out there sometimes).
A few months later Penguin Australia came back to me.
The critique they gave me was amazing.
Here are some highlights:
” I found the rhythm and concept of this manuscript lovely, and was impressed that it worked well without visuals”
“The premise for the story is charming and fresh, who hasn’t lost a button themselves and then found it in the oddest of spots? Buttons can be cute or striking, large or small, square or round and, as the author has so obviously identified, they are curiously anthropomorphic.”
“I found the section of the text where the button is rejected as being particularly clever and the words were great visual clues.”
“I would advise keeping an eye on, and in contact with, this very talented author.”
A slightly disappointing outcome was that they don’t feel like the book was right for them in its then-current form and they suggested some changes.
So… I have reworked it and loved it up some and have decided to go down the self-publishing route. (I also cheekily sent them back a revised copy while I work on illustrations so you never know).
And this blog is inviting you to share in the process.
Who knows where this story might lead?
And just for fun, I am writing a story a day as a self-imposed challenge. I’m up to day 6 so far.
Here is one of my favourites called ‘Silence Except’ that I wrote yesterday. It’s got nothing to do with buttons this one but you might find you like my writing and want to read more of my stories… (I’m feeling brave sharing this so please be gentle).
And if you like it, please share it because this little button-loving mummy could use all the support she can get.
SILENCE EXCEPT… (a draft – copyright Katrina Ward 2014).
Our house is usually quiet at night. Except on curry night it can be much noisier.
It’s mostly silent except Fweeeeeeeep
That was Mum.
You can also hear the clock ticking and then PWAAAAAARP.
That was Dad.
Sometimes there are footsteps. Pad pad pad.
And the fridge. Errink.
And something pouring. Ploid ploid ploid ploid
And somebody drinking. gulp gulp gulp then Aaaah. And Pad pad pad. Then Kaploomph.
And then silence again.
Silence except for Pfooooff.
That was the dog.
That was mum again.
And mum giggling.
That was me.
And then the house is silent again.
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Love and Buttons.
Love Katrina (Outie)