Well, the latest round of rejections has come in, and I've decided that it's time to take a good, hard look at some of my PB manuscripts.
Questions to Ask Myself:
1. If I was critiquing this for someone else, would I be excited to read it, or would I groan and think "Not another one!"
2. If I saw this book in a store with mediocre illustrations, would I still be willing to read it to my child because the story was just so great? Would I read it nightly or quickly consign it to the library book sale?
3. Would I by this book for a friend with a young child?
4. Does it really work as a dummy?
If a book passes these tests, I'll give it another few chances. Otherwise, they're going to the big slush pile that is my backup hard drive!
Now... off to the mines.....