I Want to Become Writer


I want to become an author just like you and write children’s books when I am older. Would you say this is a great career or does have some pros and cons? 2) Why do you think people gave you so many rejections? I personally would say you wouldn’t deserve any! 3) I LOVE to read! Are there any books you would recommend? ūüėČ Love, a Shiloh addict

Phyllis replied:

Like all careers, this has pros and cons:¬† it is a very competitive field.¬† When I first began submitting manuscripts, you could send it right to an editor.¬† Now, most publishers insist that manuscripts come to them through an agent.¬† Also, I wrote short stories for church magazines for 15 years before I ever attempted to write a novel, and I learned a great deal this way.¬† Yes, I¬† received over 10,000 rejection slips, but this was a time that I could send out multiple copies of a single story, and because Baptists didn’t read Methodist publications, and Methodists didn’t read Catholic story papers, church editors didn’t mind.¬† So a single story may have received eleven rejections, and nine acceptances.¬† I was able to support myself in this way.¬† So many of my friends are writers, it’s hard to recommend any one book over the others.¬† I loved Katherine Paterson’s the Great Gilly Hopkins. Also Jerry Spinelli’s Wringer.¬† And Gary Paulson’s Hatchet.¬† If you liked Shiloh, make sure you read the other three books in that series.¬† You might also enjoy Faith, Hope and Ivy June; Jade Green; The Boys Start the War, and the 28 books of my Alice series.¬† As to¬† your own writing, write from the heart.¬† Try¬†taking events from your own life that affected¬† you emotionally and use these as starting places.¬† Turn them over to your imagination and see where they take you.¬† And don’t give up!

Posted on: February 2, 2017


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