By Lisa Cucinotta
Here it is, the cliche blog post about how I’ve been too busy to write a blog post. That’s not entirely true. A person can always find time for anything that is a priority for them. That’s why I have dramatically increased my time spent reading this year, and have gotten like three massages, yet I haven’t been able to “find time” for exercise since I was pregnant with Luca, ha.
One of the things I’ve been busy doing is parenting related, tangentially I suppose. I’ve written a children’s book. It feels funny to write that down as it makes it seem more real. But it’s pretty real at this point. I have written a kid’s book and am in the final process of editing it (I’m on draft 24 already) and am almost ready to start the query process to submit it to agents.
I wrote a kid’s book because I love to write, I love kid’s books, and I had something I really wanted to write about. I have mentioned on this blog openly about having anxiety issues since I was a child. As an adult, I’ve come to understand that my coping mechanisms for this anxiety were not tied enough to self-soothing, and relied a lot more on other people to fix things for me. The intention with this book is to help little kids with anxiety think about ways they can help themselves. The book is currently titled “Lulu Fox and the Fix-It Box” and I am really excited about its potential.
Imagine if Wemberly Worried by Kevin Henkes (I love all his books!) or The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn had a more kid driven solution than one supplied by a parent or adult. The first day of school can be scary, especially for an anxious kid who’s afraid of everything. Thankfully Lulu Fox comes up with an idea – she can make a “Fix It” box to lock her fears away. Lulu wears the key to the box as a necklace to help remind her to be brave at school. The reader gets a front row seat as Lulu faces challenges that will test that bravery.
I have done a ton of research on the process of finding an agent, and it is supposed to be quite hard. Even if you get an agent they then need to try and sell to a publisher. So while I am hopeful that people will love Lulu as much as I do, it might take quite a bit of time before it sees the light of day as a book. If I am unable to secure an agent I will go the self-publishing route, but that costs money vs. makes money (at least in the short to medium term) so fingers crossed that I find one!!
I am already working on my second book, this one about a little boy on the autism spectrum who loves music. I’ve been having early versions read by those with experience with autism (either teachers or parents) to make sure I am capturing things accurately.
If you are interested in being a beta reader of either book, let me know. Or if you are a fellow writer and looking to trade manuscripts, I’ve been having a lot of fun doing that with people all over the world, so let me know! And please be patient, I have more mom stories in me to share with this blog, I am just on a slightly diverted path right now.