A little bit nervous…

I have butterflies in my tummy

A while ago, I wrote a story called “My Princess Wears a Superman Cape” that won a flash fiction contest. When writing it, I could see it as a picture book, and the comments on my piece backed it up.

My challenge was simple – turn it from a short story into something that could be published as a picture book. Sounds easy, right? Wrong!

I had no idea where to start. Some lines that I love would have to go – like the one about adding a laser gun – as they would be better told in illustrations.

Julie Hedlund, the founder of the 12×12 in 12 challenge, announced she was offering manuscript critiques, and they were tailored to help those in the challenge. I know she had read my Princess story, so I thought I’d send her an email to see if she could help me… she replied saying she could.

I have just sent off a copy of “My Princess Wears a Superman Cape” to her. I am very nervous about this. I know the story has good bones, and I also know that it needs a lot of work. I also know I need help to make it ready for publishers. I also know she already likes the story. But all this doesn’t hide the fact that I’m nervous. In some ways it’s like sending my baby off to Kinder for the first time.

Anyway, my story has gone off on the first step to turning it in to a picture book. I know you’ve all been waiting for it, so I thought I’d share where it’s going.

Watch this space, I’ll keep you updated with how things are going.

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  1. I really loved the story that you entered for the competition, and I really can’t wait to see it someday in print! 🙂

  2. Good luck with it, Melissa! I liked that story too 🙂 And remember, a critique is by definition designed to help you make your story better, so Julie will probably make constructive comments – but that just means there’s a little work to be done to make the story strong enough to submit, it doesn’t mean the story isn’t good! 🙂

  3. Melissa says:

    Thanks Susanna & Rebecca 🙂 I know Julie will make some great comments & I’m looking forward to getting it much better – so it’s ready to be submitted to publishers.

  4. Please don’t worry Melissa! I promise you will feel empowered after you get the critique with great ideas for improving a story that already has a good start. 🙂

  5. How exciting!! Best of luck with it.


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