The one thing I do have going for me is determination. Throughout life I have had many things stand in my way which in time I have learned to over come. I know what it is to want something and fight for it, I refuse to surrender. My mother calls this trait my "Pit Bull Mentality". Once I get something in my head, I latch onto it and never let go. It is because of this personal trait I know I will never quit trying to learn how to write a manuscript that is more than suitable for middle grade readers.
For many people publication is the goal and they will not be satisfied until that happens. As crazy as this may sound my goal is to get these characters out of my head and placed firmly into a story that will impact the life of the reader. It is more important to me that a single reader be able to relate to, learn from, and enjoy my work, than it is to win an award or sell a hundred copies of a book and not have it touch someones life.
I just want to write a book that I can be proud of. If I can't find a publisher who is interested, I'll pay kodak or another of these scrap booking places to publish it for $20 a copy and I will give one to each of my children as a family heirloom. Maybe it will motivate one of their children's children to cultivate the "Pit Bull Mentality" and go after their dreams. If it does then I will have accomplished my goal as a writer, I will have made an impact on the life of someone I never met and inspired them to do great things.
Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing. ~ Benjamin Franklin