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 :)