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You Have to be Committed to be a Children's Author

My husband and I just celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary. We renewed our vows. Our kids totally surprised us with a celebration with family and friends. It was wonderful.

It made me think about committment. People often want things, but hesitate to make that committment. And it just doesn't work that way. If you love something, or someone, you make a committment to stick with it, through the good and the not so good times. Because it's where your heart it. And it's so worth the journey!

Writing for children is like that, too. First, you have to fall in love with it. Then commit yourself to taking time to learn, and write, and follow through with revision and research and marketing. And stick with it through rejections and acceptances alike. Enjoy the company of this family made up of other writers, librarians, bookstore workers, teachers, editors and readers. Go the extra mile by joining critique groups. Rejoice in their highs, and lift them up in lows.

I've been writing for children for over 30 years. And if you're going to be committed, this is a good place to be.
Thanks to my husband for sticking with me through it all :) And to our kids for rejoicing with us.
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