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“I gave myself permission” – an interview with children’s book author Stacy McAnulty

Stacy McAnultyIf you wondered about the reality of what it takes to find true success with your craft, I beg of you to listen to my interview with children’s book author Stacy McAnulty.

She published 6 books this year, and 6 books in 2016. The road to that success? Dramatically longer and more involved that even I had ever considered.

Her journey (and our interview) began with her saying “I gave myself permission” to write. This was more than 15 years ago, when she wrote her first book one-handed, without punctuation or capitalization, because she wrote while breastfeeding her first child using her other hand.

Our interview ends with these words:

“I am still rejected all the time. It never stops being a part of the job. Rejections expand. Now I get rejected from conferences, schools, and bookstore visits, [in addition to publishers.] There is a lot more rejection that “Woo-hoo!” moments. But you have to ask, and you have to try.”

The story in between that start and that ending is just astounding. Listen to it here:

You can find Stacy at http://www.stacymcanulty.com.

  • JillSF1959

    Thanks, Stacy, for being so honest! This makes my B.S. in engineer-turned-writer soul smile.