Word Count: 138
Daisy and the First Day of Spring
By Laken Slate
It’s spring! It’s here!
I’m going to blow dandelion wishes, and run through a field, and watch an egg hatch, and spell out my name in flowers (daisies, of course), and–
I can still…
Nope. Not allowed to blow bubbles in the house.
Well, I can just run through…
OUCH! The living room is way too small.
Hey! I can still hatch an-
IIIII feel like I might get in trouble if I play with the eggs.
I guess I’ll just watch an egg…be an egg Sniffle,
and… spell out my name in tissues Sniff Sniff,
and…splash in a puddle of my own te-he-he-he-hears,
W-Wait a minute! That’s a great idea!
I’m going to wear my boots, and splash in puddles, and twirl in the rain, and–
iiit’s Splish Splosh spring-tastic!
It's amazing how teaching techniques apply to children and adults. When I taught professional development, through Great Expectations, we brought snacks for the teachers (usually chocolate), and we made sure to give them plenty of wiggle breaks. At the start of each conference, I would call on everyone, to make an introduction. I noticed then: even grown-ups beam when they hear their names called (if they're shy, they may hide the smile:)). We encouraged one another, and so many of my adult students verbalized a new-found confidence from knowing someone believed in them.
I recently signed with a literary agent. It's surreal to even type that sentence, because I wasn't sure if I ever would. If you know anything about the publishing world, you understand that it is actually, completely impossible to get a book published. Yep. That's a fact. The only reason you see books in libraries and such is because there are some people who achieved the impossible... haha.
So, needless to say, it was difficult to find a literary agent. (I detailed the process in an interview with the lovely Kailei Pew.) Even now, I have several difficult tasks ahead. I must earn the favor of an editor, who must win over a team of other editors, and eventually (hopefully, unimaginably) a publisher. The process requires patience, persistence, humility.
I'm so happy to have found someone who believes in my writing, even when I don't. Since signing with Joyce, I 've written my best stories. Better than anything I queried with. No matter the age, people feel propelled to be even greater when they know someone else thinks they're great:)
My name is Laken Slate. I was an elementary school teacher for six years, before becoming a mom. I am set to graduate with a master's in Curriculum and Instruction in July 2021! Someday, I would love to be a picture book author. I am represented by the world's greatest literary agent, Joyce Sweeney :)