News and Views from Dave Wilson

Good News for Nikki

by on Jun.28, 2009, under Family

I used to think that art photography was an occupation which required the participant to be highly immune to frequent rejection but I had no idea how much worse the publishing industry was until Nikki gave up her last job last August to concentrate on writing full-time. To be a writer, regardless of how good your work is, you must have an enormously thick skin and the ability to continue working despite a barrage of rejection from agents and publishers. J.K. Rowling received rejections from a dozen publishers before finding someone willing to take on the first Harry Potter book and Theodor Geisel had to try more than 20 publishers before getting his first book published (you probably know him better as Dr. Seuss).

With one finished middle grade novel, an almost complete sequel and half a dozen picture books under her belt (not to mention another middle grade fantasy which has been shelved pending rework and a fantasy market which is not saturated post-Potter), Nikki is in the throes of crafting and sending query letters to agents and publishers. Hopefully this weekend’s news will help things along a bit – she has just won the 2009 Writers’ League of Texas Manuscript Competition in the middle grade fiction category! Just back from their annual Agents’ Conference, she has already had several agents from prestigious agencies request her manuscript (yes, the agents asked her for the manuscript rather than responding to a query letter). All fingers are crossed that one of these folks will like the book as much as all the non-agents/non-publishers who have read it so far!

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