I’m excited to announce that my hard research paid off!
A few years back I researched a children’s picture book biography on Juliette Low, the founder of the Girl Scouts. The book was to come out in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts in America. After writing and rewriting, my editor was ready to bring the story to the acquisitions meeting and then a sucky thing happened. The publisher found out that another picture book biography on Daisy Low was just contracted with Scholastic, so my project was tossed out the window with a shrug and a sorry. Yes, that’s the truth about the children’s book industry and competition in general. May the best writer win – or at least may the fastest one to submit get the contract!
Needless to say, I was upset. All that time devoted to this project seemed like a waste! And Daisy was such a fun character that I really wanted girls to know more about her.
So I rewrote the story to a magazine article format and submitted it to Highlights and they accepted it! And I’m happy to say that the article appears in their August issue. I’m proud of how it came out, and honored to be published in Highlights. With a circulation of nearly 2 million, even more children will now read about Crazy Daisy Low than will ever read about her in a book. And that’s the ultimate reward.
See page 32 of the issue: Daisy Low Grows the Girl Scouts