A Little Motivation To Follow Your Dreams. My dream was to publish a book. Not self-publish. Or write a blog post. I wanted to go into a bookstore and see my book on a shelf. I’ve always wanted to be an author. Ever since I was my high school newspaper’s editor-in-chief (and even before that). Make your dreams happen! You can do it!!!
That’s me…with my two best selling books. Here’s my motivation for you…make your dreams a priority.
I know. We all dream. Hope. Aspire.
But you have to decide to make them happen. The ones you can make happen anyway (I dream of being a world traveler, however, my bank account and travel anxiety make that dream a little more loftier than others).
An author?! Yeah, that one I could go after.
So I wrote my manuscript while I was pregnant. I figured…if I didn’t do it “now” I would never have the spare time to do it (not for the foreseeable future anyway). So on those nights where I could have napped or gone for a girls’ night out…I wrote. Once the kids went to bed…I wrote. Early mornings when I was too pregnant to sleep…I wrote.
Then, I had a baby.
You’d think 2 school aged kids and a newborn would be enough to stop anyone in their dream tracks. Not me. I put my sleepy newborn son in his car seat and sat him at my feet while I pitched publishers far and wide. A few each day.
In February, I got the golden-ticket reply from Cico Books. They wanted my manuscript. I signed the contract in March. It was on bookshelves in Canada, the United States of America and in the United Kingdom by the following February.
If your dream is to be an author, I have a List of Canadian Children’s Book Publishers to help other aspiring authors find out who to pitch and query.
It’s amazing to have a dream come true. The funny thing is after the epic pride you feel of achieving your dream…there’s an epic need to do-it-again. I am pitching publishers new manuscripts this year (both kids’ books…one fiction…one non-fiction). I hoping you can make your dreams come true repeatedly. 😉