I’m back (in case anyone noticed I was missing)! And, I turned down a book deal.

Well, it’s been a while! That’s what happens when you are a full-time elementary school teacher.

I had a personal trainer (don’t be impressed, it only lasted a season!) who talked about her friend Nancy, and said this friend really was two different people: “Teacher Nancy” and “Summer Nancy”. The same holds true here. Only when the school year ends (as mine just did) does my head clear enough to be able to write even one post! Sad but true, at least for this past year (which was a very trying one for other personal reasons). Perhaps I’ll “disappear” again by the fall, but only time will tell.

Okay, so last month I turned down a book contract!!!

It was not an easy decision at the time.

The offer came about in an unexpected way and very quickly. It was a small publishing house, and I did my research and actually found out many good things about it. And no, it was not a vanity press. The offer included a fair percentage of royalties and did not require any money up front.

However, it just was not a fit. Once I got in deeper, I learned their other publications in my genre were limited, and they had a very small pool of people I would need to work with in ways that would enormously affect the style of the final product. They would not guarantee what I asked for in writing, as they refused to make any changes to their contract. There were some other concerns, but that was the final deal-breaker for me.

So I politely turned it down.

I feel good about it. It was not the right time or place, just not a match.

I wish them well!

I am now preparing a manuscript for the 2018 SCBWI Conference in Nashville this fall where I will receive another professional critique. The deadline for submission is next week, so once that’s done I can shop it around in its current incarnation.

Happy (almost) June!

All the best,

“Summer Victoria Winifred”

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