March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb or vice versa, depending on which story it chooses to tell. This month, the Rate Your Story Judges are here to tell their advice on being a lion or lamb or having the Luck of the Irish.
Katie Frawley, Author of Tabitha and Fritz Trade Places.
I always try to be a lion with revisions and a lamb with taking feedback. When my critique partners offer their thoughts on my work, I listen and digest. I try not to get defensive or argumentative. And then I jump in like a lion when it's time to revise. No fear! Full strength! Totally willing to kill my darlings like adorable little gazelle on the grassland!
Lydia Lukidis, Author of No Bears Allowed
I approached my journey to publication as a lamb in the beginning, who then grew into a lion. I started out deep in research, practice, and reading. I had a lot of self-doubt as a writer and had to learn to tame that voice, but in the beginning of my career, I was definitely apprehensive about subbing and querying, and even the quality of my writing. Then as the years rolled by, I stood firmer in my experience and became a lion. Fearless, I queried and subbed for years. Rejection letters would pile up, but I didn't let that drag me down. I learned to get back up, and continued learning through my mistakes. After knocking on many (many!) doors, some opened, and I am in gratitude.
Christy Mihaly, author of Free for You and Me: What Our First Amendment Means.
Lori Degman, author of Cock-a-Doodle Oops. I’ve had the courage of a lion when I’ve taken on things I’m afraid to do, like school visits, bookstore events, presenting at conferences; reading my books on video . . . The first few times I’ve done each of these things, I was more lamb-ish but, as I gained confidence, I became more like my Newfie and just plowed right through it. Still, every time I’m lion-ish and schedule an event, my inner lamb asks, “Why in the world did you do that?!” www.Loridegman.com