I just heard some exciting news. One of my critique buddies has just sold his second picture book! You can read the details over at Bartography.
I first heard the good news through an email he sent me shortly before posting the news on his blog. I got the news early. I'm feeling like such an insider! I know it's not my book that sold, but I practically jumped up out of my seat and did the good-news-dance after reading his email. And I know how his boys must feel; they were so excited the day we read the story at our critique session.
So, of course, you know what that means for a self-centered brotha like myself: What about me? I'd given up on trying to find an literary agent, only after two tries. I'd decided not to participate in the futile process of sending out manuscripts to the few publishers who still accept unsolicited manuscripts. And I still haven't even submitted the 30 story ideas to the one editor who expressed an interest in helping me develop a story that he could publish.
But, hearing Chris' good news has changed all that. He has demonstrated to me that patience is truly a virtue. His example inspires to to keep on keeping on. My pump is primed!
Head on over and congratulate Chris. He's worked hard and his determination has paid off.