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Started by kelliebeggs, September 08, 2023, 10:03 AM

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Hello everyone,
My name is Kellie Beggs. I am a school library media specialist by day and new author by night. I need all the help and insight I can get.  I feel very confident in my knowledge of children's lit, education, and libraries.  So much so, I figured out that I "put the cart before the horse" in jumping in to find publishers.

In my field there is always a sense of urgency. I transferred that urgency to this, and was soliciting publishers before my manuscript was ready. Someone in the industry had seen my posts on a FB forum and saved me from some missteps.  I was already a new member of SCBWI, but hadn't discovered the discussion boards until yesterday, when he suggested that I find members to swap critiques with. I am so thankful for that advice, if he lived anywhere close, I would have already dropped a casserole and pie at his front door, lol.  Yes, I am from the south (US), and we show our appreciation with food!  With that, I would like to add that I do want to give to this group as much as I take.

I have come up with a concept to self manage behaviors in the school library setting called The Library Fairies. To introduce the concept to my students, I read a book that I wrote with the same title. I posted my query and manuscript on the board for online writers critiques.  I appreciate anyone willing to look at it and give me honest feedback and suggestions to improve. I truly believe in this concept.  It works.  I have shared it with other SLMS and they use it as well.  However, my story (and probably my query) need improving. This world of publishing is completely different than that of my library/teaching profession. I am confident in my profession, and completely humble with it comes to authoring.  I feel like there is an overwhelming amount of information that I don't know, so I am doing a deep dive into past posts.

My focus right now is to make The Library Fairies the best it can and connect with some writers.  Eventually, I would like to find and agent and a publisher. I have considered self publishing, but I do not have the money to invest in an illustrator on my own.  I have also considered placing it on TPT. I don't expect to make a lot of money off of my work, but I would like it to reach a wider audience.

Aside from The Library Fairies, I have written two books called Love, Clover and Love, the Library Fairies.  These are actually the same story but two different versions.  I need to figure out which story is the best, and focus on editing it. I have also written a book called When We Come Into the Library.

I have some works in progress. One is called Dear Library Giants that is a letter about book care and library manners to students from the library fairies.  Another called When I Say I Need a Minute, about different perspectives of what it really means when someone needs a minute to calm down.  A third book, called Southern Hospitality about a dog named Hoss (big and slobbery "spit") that lives in a B&B.  This will probably end up being a early ch book or MG.  I am also working on a series of easy readers call Digger and Dug.  Two dogs that go on a digging adventure in different locations and what they find (school, at the beach, ect).  I have a vision of this being like Mo Willems' Piggie and Elephant books.

Thank you for taking the time to read this very long intro.  Glad to be here, and hoping to connect with some of you soon, KB

David Wright

Welcome, welcome  :sun

Happy writing and editing. Can library fairies make Herman Melville easier to read :)



Welcome, Kellie! You've come to the right place to learn!
Starred Review, School Library Journal
NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2024

HANGABOUT, FAR FROM HOME, Orange Blossom Publishing, August 2023.


Welcome, Kellie!
I love the idea of library fairies--and your enthusiasm, as well!

Tori :palmtree :pizza :books3
PB CALVIN'S LAST WORD, Tilbury House 2020
PB LITTLE CALABASH, Island Heritage 2020
and 28 more


Welcome! You'll find a wealth of information here.  :star2


 :welcome2 Glad you found us, Kellie!
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