Friday, March 14, 2014

I Think This Is Funny



This is my lickity split version of Crayon Canyon, unfinished and made possible by a coloring session with 7 year old Mr. Ryan. Everyone knows that even in a desert canyon crayons don't grow in one straight row like this, but then again, at least they're standing tall and proud and colorful.. :^)

Which brings me to the point of this post: I am  writing and I am querying. This means I am sending out inquiries to book agents and publishers for several of my present and past manuscripts. Crayon Canyon is part of my silly Dr. Seuss-like children's book--a rhyming story written by me-who-does-not-write-children's-books. 

One of the submission guidelines gave me the idea and the literary permission to goof up my query letter if i wanted to. So I did. This is the part where my resume was requested:

I’m a writer who knows how to giggle and rhyme
Dr Seuss is my hero much of the time.
I’ve written a story of 800 words
That grown ups might think is a little absurd

It’s about boredom and the way children can feel
When it’s rainy and dreary and nothing feels real.
Then magic takes over and a new world appears
filled with colors and canyons and a forest of cheers.

My background is counseling, helping people too blue.
I’ve published one book, not three and not two.
My story’s in stanzas, lines bundled in fours
Most words are one syllable; here and there maybe more.

I know how to market and have fun with young minds.
I'm steady and ready for promotional grinds.
Thank you for weighing if my story's worthwhile:

Please spare it, if worthy, from your very round file.

So the query's been sent and to be honest, it's fun just waiting to see what happens next.

Love
kj

17 comments:

  1. I like it like this, and could read it all day
    Cause who wants another resume any old way.

    Okay, so I'm not the writer here but I do think this is so much more fun than a resume and obviously much more creative. Good luck!

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    1. Haha rubye, good going!

      Love
      kj

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  2. Oh, this is very special ! Love the last sentence.
    If I was a publisher I would like to meet you at once! And give you a huge contract :-)))

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    1. Wieneke, are you objective? :-) have you read 'the cat in the hat'? It's a masterpiece

      Ps thank you xoxo

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  3. Al depends on the third assistant to the second assistant to the assistant editor. Sometimes they want it straight and other times the off beat works. I wrote a cover letter about throwing my shit against the wall and sending them only the shit that didn't stink and that which stuck to the wall. They replied with a handwritten note about how they were rejecting my work but loved the cover letter, wrote back and asked them why they didn't print the cover letter on the cover then. They sent back a form rejection notice.

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    1. :-) mark.

      Myself, I draw a line at bodily functions

      Love
      kj

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  4. kj,
    This sounds like a simply wonderful book!
    Good luck to you.
    I feel sure that with your letter of submission that you will have caught someone's imagination
    I am sorry not to have visited, but haven't been blogging much in the past few months, but this evening I am spending time reading. I think it's a bit of a coincidence, that my post today is about childrens' art, a poem, and a contest.
    I hope you are doing very well, and plan to read abit here.
    Hugs,
    Brenda

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  5. Hi Brenda, I read your post and what a nice report of your kids and classroom.

    Thank you for the confidence . I'm excited but not confident , but I'm glad to be stepping into the writing world again :-)

    Love
    kj

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  6. You and me both, dear. Wishing you all sorts of luck - you have the right spirit and may you attract the exact creative souls to work on your project!! xxx

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    1. How important is that, Amanda--to be guided by kindred souls ! I'd be miserable any other way xo

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  7. I plan to say "i knew her when..."

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    1. That's funny, Mim. That's what I plan to say about you

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      kj

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  8. Dear Kj I think your stanza's are bonza and most heartily agree young minds need colour and worlds of magical wonder and especially the chance of reading your book.
    To be considered absurd ... why, what an honour!! Fingers and toes locked in for you*!*

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    1. Annie, thank you for the sweetest comment ever! I'm happy to be writing and I'm happy you are writing. Xoxoxo

      Love
      kj

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