There are so many great things about working in the children’s book corner of the publishing world, but hovering at the top has to be its incredible sense of community. I’ve felt it since Day One of my journey from editorial assistant to editor to author, teacher, and freelance editor. It’s the force behind my writer’s advice website Dear-Editor.com. And it’s why I’ve added a new feature to the Dear-Editor.com site: Guest Editor for the Day. In that feature, I’ll occasionally hand over my editorial pen to a publishing colleague who will field a question that falls within his or her realm of expertise. In this way I hope to add to the depth of the knowledge being bandied about the site. And have a little fun with my friends.
Today I welcomed the first Guest Editor for the Day, Mary E. Pearson, a wonderful author and an equally wonderful person. The letter she answers?
I attended a week-long retreat a year ago. I hit a wall and have been lost in confusion about everything: my story and my ability to write. How can I get my confidence back? I seem paralyzed.
With five award-winning novels under her belt, including the new The Miles Between, Mary knows about battling writer’s block . . . and clearly knows how to beat it. Check out Mary’s answer for yourself: click here