Speaking of perseverance (see prior post), has anyone read Moon Over Manifest, this year’s Newbery Medal winner? I haven’t yet, but I can’t wait to crack it open.
Meanwhile, I was encouraged to read first-time author Clare Vanderpool’s personal backstory. Vanderpool’s road to getting published was a long one. She started her book many moons ago, back in 2001. As she replied on the FAQ’s page on her website:
Q. How long did it take to write and publish the book?
A. I can probably answer that easiest by saying my children were 1,3,5, and 7 when I started Moon Over Manifest and they are now 10, 12, 14, and 16. So, a pretty long time. But I wasn't sitting around writing all that time. I was also making lunches, driving to field trips, folding laundry, and saying, "Hurry up, you'll be late."
Vanderpool’s double victory—first, getting her book published; second, winning the Newbery, of all things, is a testament to the fact that perseverance pays off.
As a new year begins, and I continue to work on my own manuscript, also begun many moons ago, Vanderpool’s wonderful achievement spurs me on.
Hey, I make my kids’ lunches, too. I also have a job. And as much as I love my kids and my job (well, most of the time), they really wreak havoc on my writing life.
Still, I refuse to quit, and Vanderpool’s story gives me hope. Hope that maybe my perseverance will pay off someday, too.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying I expect to win the Newbery.
But then again, neither did Vanderpool.
Now you tell me. When the road to getting published grows long, what helps you persevere?