Leslea Newman, an author of substantial accomplishments, was invited a few years ago to come to Half Day school as an author in residence. In the midst of her busy schedule of student assemblies and classroom visits, Leslea kindly allowed me to ask her for her opinion on my book. In a matter of minutes, she pinpointed a potentially serious flaw in my story and advised me (in general terms) how to fix it. Her help propelled me forward and allowed me to be prepared for the next surprise on my journey towards publication!
My brother Larry saw an open door that I would never have discovered, and gave me the means to walk through it. His daughter, Taylor, was working for the publisher (Brandylane Publishers, Inc.) that eventually chose my book for publication. Larry saw the possibility that Taylor's summer job presented, and made me aware of the potentially golden opportunity it offered. His caring conscientious phone call began the series of events that eventually ended in a "Congratulations!" letter from my publisher.
My niece, Taylor, whom graciously became my own personal editor, helped me to prepare my book (and me) for publication. She was a godsend (literally)! Taylor spent many lengthy hours helping me sand off the rough edges of my initial manuscripts. She then guided me through the complicated (to me!) process of submitting it. There are MANY requirements that must be met to be published, and the book itself is just one of them. Taylor helped me get through the unfamiliar labyrinth of details and tie them all together in a nice tidy package. When she felt I was ready to proceed, she walked my book into the publisher's office and left it there to stand or fall on it's own merits. With her help, it stood! Thank you Taylor!