The Gift of Rejection

When I began writing for children, I was an eager author. I started with one picture book and then focused on that manuscript far longer than I should have. I was, like many new authors, convinced that my story idea was fabulous. Spoiler alert: it wasn’t. That picture book was nowhere near fabulous, nor did it have any sort of marketability. But I was a brand-new author and, to be honest, I really didn’t know any better. So, I did what many new authors do, and I submitted that magical first manuscript to everyone. Literally, everyone. *face palm* The thing is, as much as I look back now and cringe at the thought of some of the manuscripts I once sent out, sending those stories out was a nece

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