Letting Go of Manuscripts That Just Aren’t Working

I’m thinking I might have committed fraud when I recently cautioned beginning writers to let your first picture books go! Move on, learn from each manuscript, and don’t beat a ms that’s not working into the ground. But I know it’s not all that easy. Right now I’m sitting on a bunch of manuscripts that I’m trying to figure out what to do with. They are in my “revise” pile, but now I’m wondering whether I should keep revising. Maybe it’s time for me to give up a few. To clear things out and make room for new picture books in my head. To accept that I’ve learned what I can learn from them, and they just aren’t finding homes at this point.

  • Silly
  • Robot
  • Truth
  • Ouch
  • Tooth Fairy

Two of these I have submitted and gotten some good feedback from editors (on either the concept itself or on the writing), but they have something lacking (either in the concept itself or in the writing). Others I haven’t even gotten into submittable shape yet. Hmm…I think it’s time for me to back-burner 2-3 of these. Now, to choose which ones…

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About Laura Purdie Salas

children's writer, poet, reader, visiting author, speaker/teacher, mentor, copyeditor, freelance writer
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