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For a recent birthday, I received this precious gift from my 8-year-old nephew:monkeyUnfortunately a camera could never capture the true beauty of my gift. But this is really a case of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. My nephew played a game for hours and saved all of his tickets to win this monkey¬†for me for a birthday gift. That’s when this day-glo green monkey with “Vegas” embroidered on his belly became the most gorgeous thing in the world.

Sometimes it’s the story behind the gift that gives it a new luster.

This past summer I finally finished my WIP. This has been a labor of love I have worked on for a very long time. Trying to turn the memories of my husband’s family into a story that could be read by children has been a tremendous challenge. I am now in the process of trying to find a agent to represent this project. But how do you convey in a simple one page cover letter the depth of the work that went into this project? How do you describe the hours spent listening to stories and coming up with a framework that is respectful, but still a compelling story? How can you make an agent see beyond the green fur and Vegas written on it’s belly that there is a deep and rich story behind the story. This is even more challenging than writing the story itself.

I keep my monkey (much to my husband’s dismay) on the armoire in our room as a reminder of my nephew’s love and a reminder to keep going. In the meantime, I’ll keep submitting and tweaking and polishing, hoping someone looks beyond the basic query letter to the beauty of the story beneath.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

 

 

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What are the odds?

Some may call it a coincidence, others could call it serendipitous or even spooky. But I think it was meant to be.

Last week I received three links for articles from three different people on three different topics. This is not an uncommon occurrence, but what made them stand out is that they all came from the same site.

rachellegardner.com

Literary Agent Rachelle Gardner has put together a fantastic site chock full of great information on a variety of publishing related topics. These topics include: Advice for New Authors, How to Get Published and How Do I Decide? An information guide on traditional vs. self publishing.

Taking a closer look at my own computer, I noticed that I had at least six more pages from this site saved. This site is a fantastic resource.

So if you are new to publishing or just searching for the current trends in this ever changing industry, be sure to check out Rachelle’s site. I think you’ll be glad you did.

Happy Writing,

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

 

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Son #2 introduced me to these videos a few months back. Written by a Kid, takes stories told by children and animates them. Some of these videos are funny, some are crazy, but they are always creative.

Here is one of my favorites:

As an author, I think it’s time to take some cues from these kids. It’s time to create stories that are fun and creative and a little bit of the unexpected. But I might have a hard time topping a paper horse with panties.

If you get a chance, check out some of the other Written by a Kid videos.

Go be creative!

Suzanne Santillan

Writing on the Sidewalk

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