Tuesday This and Thats

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Lots to cover today, so let me get straight to a . . .


This comes from Matt Smith, who says:

          I have a question regarding manuscript submissions.  I’ve submitted a manuscript for a children’s picture book to several publishers who accept unsolicited manuscripts.  I have received no reply, either acceptance or rejection.  These were about a half year ago. I’ve since revised my manuscript several times, based largely on critique.  Is it okay to resubmit this manuscript to the above publishers?  They have not replied one way or the other, so I think it would be fair to try again.  What is the protocol for this?

Seeing as how Mary Quattlebaum is our next ABC presenter, I went to her for the scoop.  Her reply is:

        Many publishers these days that accept unsolicited manuscripts also have a policy whereby they won’t reply *unless* they are interested, and many say that if you have not heard from them by a certain period of time, that you can consider your manuscript “rejected” and feel free to submit elsewhere.  This period of time varies by publisher (usually 3 to 8 months).  Check the online submission guidelines to determine the publisher’s policy.  I wouldn’t recommend that you send your revised manuscript to the same publishers unless the editor has asked specifically for the revision. Why not send your stronger manuscript to a publisher who has not yet seen it?  Good luck!

Thanks, Mary, and best of luck, Matt!  For more help, you can bring your story to our July “Staying on Track” conference for both hands-on editing during the picture book session and a critique for an additional fee!  (Click here for more information and conference/critique fees.)

Speaking of the conference, here’s a . . .


The deadline to submit critiques for the July conference is June 25, 2011, which we all know is going to creep up and smack us in the face before we know it!  There are limited critique slots available, so be sure to reserve yours early.  Refer, again, to this link for more information, and if getting your critique ready is making you look like this:

then don’t worry–you can always go back to the Conference Critique Workshops that were posted earlier this year:

Workshop #1:  Opening Lines

Workshop #2:  Amazing First Pages

Workshop #3:  Formatting

Workshop #4:  Surviving Your First Conference

Workshop #5:  Perfecting Your Book Pitch

I hope these help, and please feel free to submit any questions you may have!  We have lots of experienced authors who love to share their knowledge. 

Speaking of free and experienced authors, don’t forget that this weekend is the . . .


(How’s that for a transition, eh?)

From Naomi Milliner, Queen of the ABC’s:

Come join us Sunday, June 12th, for a rousing good time as the versatile, and wildly popular, Mary Quattlebaum takes the stage at the Germantown Library, 9840 Century Blvd., Germantown, MD 20874, from 2-4 pm!

Mary says, “Writing is a process of discovery. Sometimes you don’t know what the piece may become until you start writing (and revising).” She will discuss the process for creating her newest picture book, Pirate vs. Pirate, then lead a writing exercise to jumpstart your own creative adventures, as well as strategies to help you shape, revise, and market material. Become more alert to the possibilities–picture book? poetry? magazine story? article? novel?– in your initial writing. Mary is the author of 16 well-loved picture books, poetry books, and novels, including The Hungry Ghost of Rue Orleans and Jo MacDonald Saw a Pond coming this fall.

As always, this ABC event is free, and light refreshments will be provided. So, come hungry for snacks and inspiration! Since there is limited space, and this is sure to be a well-attended event, please e-mail Naomi Milliner: naomiwm@… to RSVP, and if you have any questions. We hope to see you there!

Okay, and now for some awesome . . .


I just found out that our young adult track leader/author for the July conference, Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen, deserves a congratulations and mighty woo-HOO for winning the Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Award for her young adult novel THE COMPOUND!  

Eli and his family have lived in the underground Compound for six years. The world they knew is gone, and they’ve become accustomed to their new life. Accustomed, but not happy. No amount of luxury can stifle the dull routine of living in the same place, with only his two sisters, only his father and mother, doing the same thing day after day after day. As problems with their carefully planned existence threaten to destroy their sanctuary—and their sanity—Eli can’t help but wonder if he’d rather take his chances outside. Eli’s father built the Compound to keep them safe. But are they safe—really?

“Suspenseful and riveting, this debut novel raises serious issues about what it means to survive.”—Kirkus Reviews

Wow, congratulations, Stephanie!
And happy writing, all! 🙂

About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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