For me, life is not truly complete without some creative writing. After a long journey of earning my PhD in English, I finally have more time to devote to my creative writing goals and dreams.
On this page, I’ll share news and updates on my creative writing journey. The goal is to be traditionally published, so I expect this process to be a long one.
Who Am I?
Well, if you haven’t taken a look around my website, here’s a brief bio: I’m a college professor teaching writing and literature courses to undergrads. I recently earned my PhD in English, specializing in children’s and young adult literature. Up to this point, my publications have been academic in nature. My research area focuses on the pedagogical value of teaching children’s and YA lit and their new media adaptations to college students.
What Do I Write?
At the moment, solely picture book manuscripts. I love teaching picture books to my literature students. I look forward to reading picture books to my friends’ kids when this pandemic ends. Now, I’m finally putting pen to paper (or really, fingers to keyboard) and writing my own stories. They feature Cuban American characters and tend to trend towards heart-warming and thought provoking, with humor sprinkled throughout.
Researched PBs to potentially use as comps.
Attended the Find Your Next Reader Summit.
Wrote a concept PB draft.
Revised a manuscript in prep for first critique group meeting.
First query reply received. [Personalized Rejection]
First Taco Pitch.
Submitted 3 more queries.
Started listening to Literaticast podcast.
First meeting with a new critique partner.
COUNT: 7 PB manuscripts; 3 are polished
Sent my first 2 queries to literary agents!
Prepared first batch of queries in case I didn’t get a PBChat mentorship. [I didn’t.]
Experienced Critique-a-Palooza! Revised manuscript based on feedback.
Found another CP.
Joined my CP’s critique group.
Wrote a very different PB manuscript than my usual style.
Revising a manuscript based on the amazing critique experience.
Listening to The Manuscript Academy podcast.
Revised 3 pitches in prep for PBPitch. [No luck.]
Great virtual nErDcampKS experience.
An amazing critique session for one of my manuscripts. Plus, a quick query critique for it.
Worked on polishing my PB manuscripts.
Received a manuscript critique from a published author.
Wrote my pitches for PitMad.
Read Making the Perfect Pitch.
Drafted another PB manuscript.
Did my first PBParty Train.
More critique work with partner.
Started reading Ann Whitford Paul’s Writing Picture Books.
Submitted a story to High Five magazine.
Applied to a third writer’s mentorship. At this point, it’s a waiting game to hear back. Two of them will post news this month; the third shares news at the end of June. [Edit: No for one. No for two.]
Mostly worked through the KidLit Creator Stack (a bundle of courses and resources about writing for kids).
Drafted another PB manuscript.
Applied to two writer’s mentorships. Very excited about both. Won’t hear news for a bit.
Created a spreadsheet of literary agents to potentially query to.
Submitted two applications for SCBWI awards.
Worked on a PB manuscript with my critique partner.
Found a critique partner; still searching for a group.
Joined SCBWI and started going through all their free resources.
Drafted two more PB manuscripts.
Started researching SCBWI and checking out library books related to children’s literature writing and publishing.
Started polishing two PB manuscripts.
Drafted two picture book (PB) manuscripts.