Hello, and welcome to the Land of Not. Have you been here before?
No, but you've visited Rejection City? Wonderful, I hope you enjoyed your tour.
But I think you'll find the Land of Not completely different.
Actually, probably not.
Well, let's get on with the tour, shall we?
For Writers: The Land of Not
In this first section of town is the Not Ready neighborhood. We have quite a bit of new construction going on here. Of course I use the term loosely – "unfinished" would be more accurate. See that one? It's been sitting here for 3 years. And that one over there...
The gentleman in the front had a question: Why are they all mobile or manufactured homes? Excellent question! It's because they aren't meant to stay here. Once they are finished and revised and polished – they get shipped off to Rejection City.
Like this one – Oh Dear, that one's coming back from Rejection City. Submitted too soon. Shame,
Well, let's move on, shall we?
Here in the center of the Land of Not is a part called Not Writing, where writers can take a much needed break. But watch your step that you don't slide into the Slums area. Oh look, the Life Happens Circus is in town today! They are frequent entertainment in these parts.
Just a hop, skip and jump from Not Writing is Not Reading. Actually, many residents on the border claim they live in both neighborhoods. But as we travel farther east, we see that that some residents Not Reading spend their time writing. (And you may have noticed earlier in the tour that some residents of Not Writing are hard at work researching.)
This is maybe the worst neighborhood in the Land of Not. Residents here manuscripts ready to query with, are reading and writing, but instead of moving to Rejection City or trying a Self-Published route, these people move here and sit on their manuscripts until they are outdated, over-polished, and completely worthless. So sad! They could have been great authors. The world needed them!
But snap your selfies quickly and let's move on. I wouldn't want anyone to catch the Depressed Writer's virus.
Just outside the Not Querying neighborhood is this area. Not Submitting is full of potential authors who got requests and never followed up with a submission. Would they have had the next bestseller?
The world will never know.
Off to Rejection City
Well, hope you enjoyed your tour of the Land of Not. For further interest, check out our sister tour bus of Rejection City. Bye!
For Readers: Not on the Page
Sometimes the best part of a picture book is what you don't see, what isn't said, or what isn't known.
John Klassen is brilliant at this – showing the reader just enough to let the imagination run wild. Another great example of being left hanging (in a good way) is demonstrated in HEY LITTLE ANT by Phillip M. Hoose, Hannah Hoose, and Debbie Tilley.
When you read a book, what do you notice that is not on the page, where your imagination fills in the blanks?
Here are five blogs I've visited
Here is one blog I visit every day this month:
I write about, with, for, and around kids all day. (Well, maybe I do the dishes too. Sometimes.)