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ABC's Book Competition
7/26/2008 6:22:16 PM
Vote for my story, A Little Monster Day, at from Sept. 21 - Oct. 5.

I am a finalist in the ABC’s national children’s picture book competition. My story along with 10 others will be posted on-line with a sample illustration. The story with the most votes from Sept. 21 - Oct. 5 will be published.

It’s been 12 years since my first attempt at having a children’s book published. During that time, I have persevered through a pile of form letter rejections that would leave most authors wondering why they ever thought they could get an editor to notice them. After all, many publishing houses sift through 1,000 - 12,000 submissions per year and only publish a handful of picture books. They are so overwhelmed with submissions that even getting a single word scribbled in the margin of a form letter is considered progress to an aspiring children’s writer, like me.

The business has gotten to the point where many publishing houses like Candlewick, Scholastic and Little Simon have closed their doors to unsolicited submissions. To get them to read a story, you have to have an agent send it to them. So, why not just run out and get an agent? Most agents will not deal with children’s writing, because it is not as lucrative as other writing. Those that do are about as overwhelmed and hard to get as the attention of an editor.

That’s why I entered the ABC’s Picture Book Competition. Ten finalists compete to get the most votes for their story. The one with the most votes (American Idol-style) will have their book published. Those odds were irresistible to me and luckily, I am became a finalist.

So much of whether a good story makes it to publication depends on marketing and getting people to vote is our marketing challenge as finalists. So now, all I have to do is get everyone and their cousin’s sister’s friend to vote for me.

My story, A Little Monster Day was inspired by those days when our beloved children are less than perfect and we affectionately call them, “Little Monsters.” My main character Tanya is a precocious preschooler with an out-of-control imagination that keeps getting her into all sorts of hilarious trouble. The take away point is that no matter what our kids do, we still love our little monsters anyway.

With two young boys of my own, one well on his way to becoming an evil genius, I am very familiar with little monster days. Even as adults, we have them, too.

If you would like to participate in the voting, please go to between Sept. 21 - Oct. 5 to vote. You can read the stories of all 10 finalists, but I will be the only one from Maine and I hope you like my story the best.

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More Blogs by Wendi L Richards
•  ABC's Book Competition - Saturday, July 26, 2008  
• Economy - Wednesday, June 25, 2008
• Fashion and procrastination - Wednesday, May 28, 2008
• The Journey on an Aspiring Children's Author - Monday, May 12, 2008

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