If you are an interested agent Googling me (awesome!), or an editor who is considering my manuscript (awesome, too!) then I look forward to hearing from you. If not, read on, Friend, read on...
A Handful of Facts about Me
2. I took a handful of subjects and continued to get A's, until I got my hands full of an Associates Degree in Liberal Arts.
3. I married, moved a handful of times, and had a handful of children, which can really be a handful!
4. I have edited a handful of projects and written quite a few handfuls of stories, plays, and poems, which I am now submitting for publication.
5. I am almost eight handfuls of years old, and I still love to write and edit, especially for children.
Why don't I know you?
(If you are a Children's writer who doesn't know what SCBWI is, you need to click on it. Go ahead, I'll wait. Everyone back now? OK, good.)
I have to say, I was flattered that she would want to know me. And she didn't. Yet.
Well, let me fix that right now. My name is Jennifer Garrett, JEN online. You'll know you've found me when you see the butterfly resting on a branch. (It spells JEN, but maybe you already saw that).
I've written award-winning scripts, articles, and poetry. My writing has been in the classroom, on display at the library, and on stages in California and Indiana. And now, I'm looking forward to seeing my work on the pages of traditionally published children's books.
Ok, so I told you a little bit about me, but what I really want to know is about you. What brought you to my blog and more importantly "How many somethings have you learned today?"
Drop me a line!
The Super Scientific JEN
When I was 12, I held weekly science workshops as a teacher's aide for a 1st grade class. Before that, I was teaching my siblings about gravity and laws of motion as we rolled objects down wooden ramps. In high school, I learned about forestry and chemistry. In college, I took Biology, Physics, Astronomy, Physical Science, and Economics. Later I learned about anthropology and geology. I still can't decide which science is the coolest.
Now, with five budding scientists of my own, I am still conducting experiments, making observations, and asking questions. One of my middle grade manuscripts is based on my theories of time travel, and several of my picture books manuscripts contain scientific factoids, even when I'm writing fiction.
On top of that, I love learning how to conserve water and energy, as well as innovative ways to keep our Earth clean and comfortable. Science is not only cool, but important!
How I got Started
Cereal box covers don't sell very well, so a few years ago I started submitting my work to other publishers. Now, I have articles published in two nationwide Christian magazines, a community play published by Off The Wall Plays (2017), and a blog that received the Liebster award (2016). Meanwhile, I am actively looking for a literary agent in the Kid Lit Realm so I can buy that cheaper bagged cereal. (Just Kidding, I already buy that kind.)
I thrive on giving feedback as much as I thrive on getting it. That's why I have experience as the Critique Carousel Coordinator of my local SCBWI region, as well as being an active member of an awesome critique group.
Some say no one is truly a born writer, but I think I'm as close as they come. Not because what I write is good or interesting, but because if I was given the choice between breathing and writing... well, let's hope I never have to make that choice.
My Description Story
"It wasn't William's fault that the fairy sneezed. He couldn't know that Jizelda was looking over his shoulder. He couldn't know that the fairy was allergic to the lemon oil William had just spritzed on the desk. In fact, he didn't even know Jizelda had sneezed - right on the William's keyboard..."
Did You Say You Were an Editor?
That said, I'd be happy to consider editing your project, if you think my feedback would be helpful. Contact me at the address below and tell me a little about your project. I will let you know whether I think I'm right editor for the project, and what you can expect should you decide to hire me.
Contact me at lexicalcreations (at) gmail (dot) com. Or use the contact form . Or follow me on Facebook. Or Twitter. (Fair warning: I'm not very active on social media these days). Or just leave a comment. Anywhere you go online, you'll know you've found me when you see the butterfly resting on a branch. (The one that spells JEN.)