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Title: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Verla Kay on August 01, 2009, 02:53 PM
 :yay DeirdreK asked if everyone who started out on this message board and has has some kind of publishing success since first coming here would post their success stories for everyone to read. I thought it was a great idea, so... if you have become more confident in your writing or illustrating attempts, gotten an agent, sold a manuscript, been published, earned special awards, found a critique partner or group, made special friendships, etc. and you feel this message board has helped you gain those successes, please share your story here.

(Be careful what you ask for, DeirdreK. You sometimes get more than you expected! :cookiemonster I anticipate a lot of responses to this thread!) :grouphug2
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: elissacruz on August 01, 2009, 03:04 PM
I'll start (since I seconded DeirdreK's idea).

I got an agent because of the blueboards.

The real story is I found my CP here, who then told me about the Secret Agent Contest, which I entered and won, then sent my full manuscript to the agent who then offered representation.

Fingers crossed that soon I can say the blueboards helped me sell my first book!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Juliarts2003@yahoo.com on August 01, 2009, 04:24 PM
My CP turned me on to the blueboards. I had 2 first drafts and a lot of enthusiasm - but not any publishing business savvy.

I found the people here to be so helpful and I did loads of "agent" research and learned a ton of things about writing and publishing. I got help with my query letter here and loads of encouragement, empathy, sympathy and cheers (for both my writing journey and some personal things I've shared here.)

With my shiny new query letter, I got a fabulous agent! Without the blueboards - I would probably still be lost in queryland without a clue.

Hopefully, this will translate into a sale soon!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Hélène Boudreau on August 01, 2009, 04:51 PM
This pretty much sums it up for me:

http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=34861.0

I'm hoping I'll be able to update that thread with a sale some day, but the blueboards (including the dozen or so That Stinks! trenches) were there for me throughout the journey.

Thanks, everyone!  :love Thanks, Verla! :love
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Cathie on August 01, 2009, 06:06 PM
Because of this board I found Stories for Children as they began their second year and they were the ones who published my first story. Then I found the Pack-o-Fun response board and found further success with them in 2009.( My October Owls project made the cover.) And, because of this wonderful board and all the members, I got the courage to begin blogging. I could go on and on, but those are the highlights of my membership here. I don't know where I would be without you!

                    :thankyou  :thankyou :thankyou :thankyou :thankyou :thankyou
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Betsy on August 01, 2009, 06:13 PM
I got one very interesting writing job as a result of a tip from someone on this board.  I've also made many friends here.  I've gotten dog advice, some really cool recipes, and solved (at least) one very important writing problem due to suggestions from people on this board. And I've just had a whole lot of fun playing games and joking around.  Oh, and I've also gotten good reading recommendations.  That's just off the top of my head--I'm sure there's been much, much more.

So thank you, thank you, Verla!  

Ellen Jackson
www.ellenjackson.net
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Harrietthespy on August 01, 2009, 06:20 PM
I've made life-long friends here.  I've found a safe place to rejoice and to vent.  I've seen amazing people start as aspiring authors and grow into nationally recognized ones.  And seen the entire community nurture old-timers and newcomers as if they were family from day one.

I've gotten tips, feedback, and more than I can ever repay.

I remember when we were starting a new organization in KC and I got tons of support from fellow Blueboarders.  Then when I transitioned the 91st annual state conference from it's normal 80 attendees to more than 200 attendees - it was largely attended by my Blueboard pals who flew in from all over the country (and Canada) to support it.  And last year - a post asking if Blueboarders wanted to do a joint nonfiction event at ALA led to the most fantastic fabulous experience of my life - putting names with faces and us all taking each other pictures and laughing as if we'd been friends forever.  300 people showed up - but front and center were my pals from Blueboards cheering us all on.

What is best about Blueboards is that almost everyone pays it forward.

Blueboards is a great networking resource.

But even better - it's family!

Long may it reign!  Kudos to you, Verla Kay for creating a place I call "home."
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: BoniA on August 01, 2009, 07:10 PM
The Response Times boards have made many agonizing days/weeks/months over the last five years that I spent waiting much less agonizing than they would have been without that information. And being a generally shy person, I found the Response Times boards one of the easiest places to start posting while I found my way around the whole board. I don't think I ever even saw the Introduce Yourself thread until I'd been on here a few years- and by then, it felt silly to go back. Ah well.

Many Blueboarders helped me figure out what to do when I realized I was not a good fit with my first agent. Invaluable help.

Many Blueboarders helped me figure out that my current agent IS the right fit for me before I signed with her.

And I've learned more about the business of publishing for children HERE than all other places I've used COMBINED. Small questions to big problems- you can find an answer here on the Blueboards :)

Thanks Verla!

Boni
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: olmue on August 01, 2009, 07:40 PM
Just about everything I know about the industry, I learned here.

I've gotten great critiques--and great opportunities to critique and learn that way.

I've made contacts within the industry that I never would have had I not been on this board and known the people I do here.

After two years of discussion about plot, structure, and how a story is put together--I think I've finally got it! It's the only place where I've been able to have the in-depth kinds of discussions about craft that I've needed to get to the next level in writing.  :thankyou you wonderful people!

I've spent a lot of  :dollar over the years on fabulous books by you people!  :library I LOVE walking into a bookstore and seeing your books! I feel like I am meeting friends.  :yup

And YES to what Harriet said:

What is best about Blueboards is that almost everyone pays it forward.

Someday, if I ever get a book published, it will largely be due to this board.

I hope you realize, Verla, just what a hand you have in today's movement in children's books.  :hearts
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Joni on August 01, 2009, 09:54 PM
- Have learned scads of the insider tidbits about imprint slants, editor and agent tastes, and a few agents to stay away from that you can only get from what is essentially direct contact with other writers (direct with some technology assist).
- Have made some online friends and reinforced a few existing acquaintances
- Have signed up for two workshops I wouldn't even have known about otherwise
- Have learned a lot about improving queries from watching & contributing to the threads for critiquing others'
- Have gotten some great food for thought in terms of handling writing problems or issues
- And perhaps most important to me, have found a friendly place to vent about the biz, have philosophical discussions about nearly everything, cheer the long-awaited wins, and... even contribute to questions like a couple current "what do I do about this poop problem?" threads

I mean, where else do you get everything from arguments about religion to poop advice, all in one place???  :bat  And I like the bat.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Judith on August 01, 2009, 10:59 PM
This place has helped to lift me from a novice to a published writer.  I have asked many questions and had them answered by the seasoned professionals.  Since I didn't have an agent when I signed my first picture book contract, I received advice from a variety of people sharing their experiences.  Before I found my online critique group here on the boards, individuals traded critiques with me and gave great advice.  Now I'm looking for an agent and I find leads and information here to help me find the right one.

There is so much giving and sharing in this community.  It's nice to know that there is somewhere where like-minded people win when others succeed.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: ChristinefromCorona on August 01, 2009, 11:03 PM
I came over from another writers' board that'd gotten increasingly snippy and snarky (one reason why I picked an anonymous user name--I used my real name over there).    :mob   Verla's friendly board was a good place to seek refuge while I soaked up info on querying and submitting.    :grouphug2   I also discovered Livejournal blogs here,  and made a lot of online friends,  some of whom I've met in person.      

I know I've learned a lot over here,  and it's great to have a place to share good news or lick my wounds.   I also love celebrating others' successes (with smilies,  of course    :applause :drinking :yippee).  

Christine              
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Artemesia on August 01, 2009, 11:24 PM
I don't even know where to start. I've learned so much about the craft and the industry, received tremendous support in both my writing/illustrating and my personal life, and am just so grateful for the acceptance and friendship I've found here from day one. I don't know what I'd do without the boards. Thank you so much to all BBers and especially Verla.

 :love
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Ree on August 02, 2009, 04:23 AM
I learned most of what I know as a writer from this board. Craft, submissions, etc. I also discovered the publisher of my first book. And I can't even begin to tell of the emotional support that I get from other people's stories.

Thank you blueboarders.

Susan
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Gnat on August 02, 2009, 04:23 AM
It was here on the Blueboards that I first learned about Chautauqua and the scholarship program.  I applied and was accepted.  It was a life-changing week and one of my dearest memories.  I was also able to meet some Blueboarders there (group of 2007) which was awesome!

It was through a Blueboarder (Hi Owl!) that I met and joined my critque group (Kidcritters Rock!).  With their help I have gone on to do several non-fiction books and land my first MG fiction book contract this summer!   :ban :ban :ban

Thanks to everyone here :thankyou :thankyou :thankyou

Nat
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: njrm on August 02, 2009, 05:20 AM
I'm sure I wouldn't be published if it weren't for these boards. I got my agent through the response times thread. I learned so much about writing and the writing industry -- and I can't think of a better place to get emotional support than here at the boards. Those good news posts are always inspiring. 


Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Karen Bly on August 02, 2009, 06:00 AM
I have learned TONS from the generous writers on this board. If its not already here and I post a question, I get lots of well-informed replies.

The response time boards have helped me know how long to expect to wait. A relief that!

I have waited out contest results with fellow blueboarders too!

I love all the positive support and encouragement on the boards and am happy to be part of it. Plus, when I attended my first conference, people recognized me from the blueboards right away! No awkward intros for this introvert!!!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on August 02, 2009, 06:06 AM
I found a fabulous critique group!  :snoopy 
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Aimee W. on August 02, 2009, 09:20 AM
Oh man, I can breath again. I spent a year and a half stumbling around in the dark. The information within these little blue walls is priceless.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Jeff_S on August 02, 2009, 03:16 PM
I first started coming to the Blue Board and to Verla's chat 9 years ago.  I talked about the craft of writing, made a lot of writer friends, and learned that the world of children's publishing isn't as intimidating as it seems.

2 years after I first started visiting, another writer I met here tipped me off to a writing opportunity that ultimately led to five published YA fantasy novels, with a sixth out next year.  More recently, in the past year I gained my agent via a recommendation from another agent who I never would have met were it not for the chat.  Soon my agent and I will be shopping a new series.

The Blue Boards and especially Verla's chat definitely paved the way for whatever success I've had or will have!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Lill on August 02, 2009, 03:21 PM
Things I've found on Verla's

1. Instant community during one of the toughest loneliest times of my life
2. numerous crit partners who went on to become friends
3.  the publisher of my first book
4.  info. on contests, some of which I won. :)
5.  boundless info on agents
6.  thought provoking conversation
7.  instant, personal source of information on a wide variety of topics
8.  entertainment
9. networking opportunities
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: andracill on August 02, 2009, 05:47 PM
I found a fabulous critique group!  :snoopy 

If you mean our group, I think we're the ones who found fabulous you!!

Everything I've learned about writing and publishing has pretty much come from this board and all the giving, caring people here.

I loved going to ALA a few weeks ago and having dinner with women I'd only met here -- and feeling like I already knew them and that we were continuing friendships begun years ago.

This is a wonderful community -- thank you, Verla, for getting it started for us!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Betsy on August 02, 2009, 05:54 PM
Forgot to mention all the useful critiques I've had from the generous people on this board.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: LisaA on August 02, 2009, 06:14 PM
Well, I'm pretty new and I don't have any great success stories related to this board yet, but I appreciate the wealth of information that I have found here and the sense that it is a friendly and "flame-free" place--can't say the same for some other boards I have visited. I'm looking forward to getting to know you all better!

Lisa
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: lindsey on August 02, 2009, 07:46 PM
--I discovered what a "blog" was, and started one. From that, I made scads of friends in the LJ community and learned tons from other writing blogs.
--I found out about the Chautuaqua conference and applied for a scholarship. That week was a huge writing jump start for me.
--Joined an awesome critique group
--I found out about my agent, who was new at the time, and queried her. She was so new, in fact, I'm not sure I would have found out about her for awhile.
---And actually, when I was querying, the response time thread was a lifesaver.
--Friends. Some of my best writing friends came from here.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Barbara Etlin on August 03, 2009, 08:00 AM
Hi, Gnat! I remember meeting you at CANSCAIP, but I don't remember helping you finding your critique group! :-)

Here are some ways the Blue Board helped me:

- I found my wonderful critique group, the Feathered Pens!

- I started a blog on LiveJournal and found my first LJ friends here. Many of them have become actual friends. They are just as nice in person as online.  

- I only attended one chat, but it led to my first request for a full manuscript from an agent.

- I found out how to become a sommelier to a skunk!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: jodyjl on August 04, 2009, 03:44 PM
These boards have been wonderfully helpful to me. Here are my top four:

1) I scoured these boards during my agent search....and now I have an agent!
2) I completed my second novel during NaNoMoWri with the encouragement of other blue boarders.
3) I've asked countless questions about queries, synopsis', formatting, etc. and I've always received prompt and professional answers.
4) I have other "friends" to discuss my TV obsessions with.

Thanks, Verla and all the Blue Board Moderators.

 :thankyou

Jody
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: novaren on August 04, 2009, 04:24 PM
The Blueboards helped me more than I can say with researching and querying agents. I found my agent... and then this happened:
http://www.verlakay.com/boards/index.php?topic=37441.0

I've also so appreciated the support and advice for my debut coming out next month!

I love this place! Thank you, Verla!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: kabarson on August 04, 2009, 07:09 PM
I've been hanging around here since 2005. I've met some great people, several of them in person at various writing events. (But the contact was initiated here.)

Some of the best people I've met: my critique group, The Feathered Pens. (*waves to Barb/Owl.)

I've learned a lot about writing, subbing, children's lit, and more. Some info I've used already, more is filed away for later use.

I've found camaraderie through published magazine articles, awards, and also rejections. People here "get it". That's why I've stuck around. 

Thanks, Verla!!

Kelly
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Pam on August 04, 2009, 07:55 PM
Oh, wow! What I would do without Verla's!

Here's how it's helped me:

1. I found out about livejournal here and joined.

2. I found my best friend on livejournal. She told me to send Princess Peepers to Marshall Cavendish. Sold!

3. I found my agent on the Blue boards.

4. I found umpteen gazillion friends here.   :grouphug2

5. One of my critique partners I met here--Barb Kanninen--without her, my pb's wouldn't be the same.

6. I met many critique partners via people I've met here and livejournal.

I know I owe Verla a lot for starting this wonderful haven.   :thankyou
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: mswatkins on August 05, 2009, 08:19 AM
I have learned so much from this site I don't know where to start. 

The members are wonderful and helpful.  I have found answers to questions I have, and to questions I never knew I should have.  I'm always amazed at the knowledge everyone has and their willingness to share it with others.

I like that many touchy subjects have been discussed and everyone remains professional and sensitive towards others.   

The most important way this site has helped me is by putting me in contact with people who love reading and writing. 

It's nice to read posts from others who are having similar struggles - the whole "You mean I'm not the only one who..." Yeah, that's always great. 

I also enjoy it when Verla sends me messages requesting that I rephrase something I posted.  It's only happened twice, and I wasn't meaning to misbehave, but it's good to know the Mod's are indeed moderating.

So thank you to Verla and everyone else for allowing me to visit, lurk, learn, and laugh. 
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: ara on August 05, 2009, 08:27 AM

It's nice to read posts from others who are having similar struggles - the whole "You mean I'm not the only one who..." Yeah, that's always great. 


That about sums it up! Plus there's so much I never knew about on the business end of things. Thanks, Verla, for giving us such a great resource!   :snoopy
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: nrwrites on August 05, 2009, 10:01 AM
I joined in 2007 and it was the best thing I ever did for my writing sanity.

These boards gave me moral support when I was down in the dumps. Sometimes I asked for a cyber-shoulder to cry on and got more shoulders than I thought possible. Sometimes I read about others struggles and offered what little support I could and again, learned more about how awesome my fellow writers are and felt not so very alone.

These boards gave me information when I needed it (and sometimes when I didn't know I needed it), celebrated successes with me, helped me when I was agonizing over the waiting, waiting, and more waiting (No Newsers are da' bomb) of this business and again, kept me sane.

Thank you Verla and all the BB's who make this place the wonderful community it is. :thankyou
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: 1846 on August 06, 2009, 07:11 AM
This board has helped me put my writing into a very realistic perspective.  It has helped me realize there are far more great writers out there trying to get published than I ever realized, and has forced me to accept that the likelihood of ever getting published is pretty remote, even if my writing is good, or even really good.  This board has helped me realize how good my writing really has to be to ever get published, and given me the realization and acceptance that I may never get that far.

This board has also given me the opportunity to rub shoulders with some really excellent writers who I admire and respect, and be part of the collective pleasure we all share whenever another member of this group gets an agent or a contract.  It has also made me a lot more patient with the process we're all going through.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Ev on August 06, 2009, 09:56 AM
I've delayed responding to this thread because the thought of trying to put it all into words (yeah, I know--that's what writers are supposed to be good at) seemed overwhelming.  It still does.  So I'll mention just a few.

I discovered Verla's forum in 2005.  One of the most concrete things I gained from the interactions here was an introduction to children's magazine writing.  Before that, I'd had a few publications in professional journals, but I knew almost nothing about the children's magazine market.  Reading about other writers' experiences inspired and challenged me to try it.  More than 150 acceptances later, I can definitely say that my knowledge level has grown.  I have to give credit to places like KMW and ICL's website also, but I found out about those places because of the Blue Board.

I've also learned a lot about writing and targeting submissions for pbs.  Not that I've had any yeses in that area yet, but I've definitely improved my chances.

More important to me than either of these, however, are the friendships I've made here.  Wonderful, caring friends who understand about the ups and downs of this writing life.  Wonderful, caring friends who encourage me and help me grow as a writer.  Wonderful, caring friends who are there for me when I need someone--who weep with me when I weep or rejoice with me when I rejoice.

Thank you, Verla!!  I hope you realize how much you're appreciated.  And thank you, all of you who participate here, helping to make it a wonderful community.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Traci Dee on August 06, 2009, 12:59 PM
I've made lots of cool writer friends on these boards, and I've learned a lot from reading other people's experiences, particularly about the publishing business. Mostly it's helped me to feel less alone cuz writing is a very lonely business.

That doesn't sound like much, but seriously, it means pretty much everything. :D
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Elaine (aka sweetpea) on August 06, 2009, 05:02 PM
If you mean our group, I think we're the ones who found fabulous you!!

Of course I mean our group! Who else would have me AND say I'm fabulous?! Thanks!  :hug
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: rab on August 06, 2009, 06:28 PM
What have I learned here? Let me count the things . . . Actually, that would take all night, so I'll focus on three:

1. I've found out about and read some fabulous books.

2. I've learned a huge amount about the business end of agenting and publishing.

3. I've gotten fabulous ideas and advice to help me with my writing. Most notable for me right now is the help people gave me when I was stumped about how to rewrite the beginning of a novel after I'd gotten my editorial letter. I simply could not figure out what to do, and I was getting more and more frantic. But when I posed a question here, I got excellent, professional advice that helped me write a new opening, one my editor really liked.

Thanks to Verla, and thanks to the Blueboarders!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: AnneB on August 06, 2009, 08:03 PM
 :thankyou Blueboarders keep me sane, motivated, and (mostly) working. You've expanded my horizons (zombie books, vampire books, Jasper Fforde) and just when I think there's nothing new to learn, somebody introduces a whole 'nother thought-provoking topic or links to a new blog and I'm off again. :thankyou :thankyou :thankyou

Edited to add: Somebody introduces a whole 'nother thought-provoking topic or link---such as Laura Manivong's vimeo.com, where she posts her book trailers because the quality is better than YouTube....!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: tfb3 on August 07, 2009, 05:32 AM
On the Blueboards, I have found insight into the hidden parts of the publishing world.

I've found that my questions and concerns aren't (all) dumb or unique to me.

I've found writers who are supportive of each other's journeys, who celebrate the individual paths each has taken.

I've found that I really like to use smilies--need to, in fact.

I've found a haven where many artists, of diverse personalities and opinions, can come together to share their thoughts and ideas, successes and need for consolation, in a respectful, embracing, encouraging environment.

The Blueboards are a valued jewel--by writers, agents and editors alike.  Thank you so much, Verla!

 :thankyou
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Deva on August 12, 2009, 10:06 AM
What a great thread!

I joined here after I had just gotten an agent, and my book was out on submission. I was SO GRATEFUL to find a place where there were other people in that position, because I suddenly realized that after concentrating so hard for so long on getting an agent (I wish I had found this place earlier!) I had no idea what happened next, and I was having trouble finding information anywhere online.

I still don't post here that often, but I have been very thankful for the many threads about both the business and craft sides of writing. I am also particularly grateful to the BlueBoards for introducing me to:

1) Other writers (especially the 2009 Debs and the Enchanted Inkpot).

2) Lots of great books!

3) A constant source of good energy when I am feeling down.

Thank you all!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Vijaya on August 12, 2009, 10:33 AM
I've been here for five years now. I served as a mod for two so that I could give back a little bit to this wonderful community.
Why do I still come here? Let me count the ways (in no particular order):

1. It's the best place to hang out with other children's writers, to talk about craft or just listen and learn.
2. Get great book recommendations/discussions.
3. Make new and wonderful friends from all over the world.

Thank you so much, Verla, and to all of you wonderful Blueboarders.
Vijaya
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Cassandra on August 14, 2009, 08:44 PM
I've been here since day one. 

Harold's site sent me to Yella, and Yella sent me here. I can't quantify how much I've learned during that time, but I have built a writing career that is more satisfying and fun than I could have imagined six years ago. In many ways, this forum was my writing campus, where I met with colleagues and talked craft and business and found and gave support.  Most importantly, I've made lifelong friends. This was a put-the-writing-on-the-back-burner-because-life-is-in-the-way year, and my Blueboard friends have given me professional and personal support that has been priceless, at a time when I needed it most.

Thank you!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: pixiechick on January 07, 2010, 03:58 PM
Blueboards have helped me with everything!

This is where I learned about really everything in the business of writing that I know so far. I also found out there were people like me in the world when I found the blueboards. A whole site filled with kindred spirits--can't beat that! Also, my agent actually scouted me out right here from the boards. Also, I've come here Anon when I've had personal things to talk about because I knew I'd get great answers and support here.

So what do love about Blueboards? EVERYTHING! :grouphug2
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: terrylynn on January 07, 2010, 04:06 PM
Wow! Just discovered this thread. In fact, I'm being featured in an upcoming blog interview next month and one of the questions was any special on-line resources? I gushed about Verla Kay boards and how it's the reason my book is being published.

It's my favorite site. period. Thank you Verla!  :love
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Liz Straw on January 07, 2010, 04:12 PM
I have learned that DREAMS do come true and that I fully believe because of all my blueboard family that I one day too will soon have a book published.

There is so much information and great people on this site I seriously thought Writer's Digest was sooo wrong when they left this site off of their list. (I meant to tell them and should go tell do it now!)

This is the best site for anyone who is or wants to be published in children's books!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: bechick108 on March 13, 2010, 09:00 PM
Just found this thread. The blueboards are my connection to writing. I found a terrific CP here (thanks Amy) and have learned everything I know about writing from the boards or from book suggestions from the boards. But the number one thing I get from the blueboards is the hope that I can do this. Watching people get query help or title help then to see those books on the shelves. Incredible.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: brainbliss on March 13, 2010, 09:11 PM
This place is one of the most affirming and knowledgeable forums on the internet.  And, of course, it was very helpful during my agent search.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: MaryWitzl on March 14, 2010, 01:57 AM
I've been coming here since 2007. I was waiting to hear back from an agent with a partial request and the waiting was killing me. I wondered how everybody else coped, so I googled the agent's name and found Verla Kay's. 

I hardly know where to start myself, when I think about how useful this site has been to me. If I want to whine about something no one else will understand, I come here and that is a huge help. As for all I've learned here, here are just a few of the things:

How important it is for writers to network, to talk with other writers and learn from each other's mistakes.

How important it is to 'build a platform' and why.

How to write a compelling, succinct query letter.

How to jettison stuff that is weighing down my prose or jamming up my narrative, i.e. how to 'kill my darlings'.  I'd heard about this before, but only got up the courage to do it after frequenting VK's.

How (and how not) to go about the whole business of trying to get published -- agents, editors, publishers, etc. I had only the vaguest idea of how the system worked before I came here.  (I'm amazed I got any requests at all.)

How kind other writers are to newcomers. How generous published writers are with their time and how they are willing to share their hard-won knowledge to help complete strangers.

So thank you very much for having this board, Verla. Every day is Thanksgiving here as far as I'm concerned.






Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Stephanie Leeth on March 14, 2010, 06:45 AM
I've been hanging around a long time.  I have made great friends here, received valuable feedback on manuscripts, received encouragement.

I think the best thing the board has done for me is help me feel a sense of community and remember that this is a journey, not an event or destination.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: writeaway on March 14, 2010, 08:12 AM
How HASN'T it helped me may take a lot shorter time to explain.  :giggle

Where to begin? I've gotten so much information from links provided, then there's the agent's/pubs/magazines response times that help gauge how long I'll have to wait until my acceptance  :smile . If I need info on a particular subject, it's always here. (I just recently found out how to change a ms from Word to pdf format.)

Plus, I've met some great writers on this board. Seriously, I can't even explain how much this board has helped me as a writer.

Thank you to Verla and all those on here.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Danette on March 22, 2010, 06:22 PM
This board has helped me in so many ways! Let's just say I don't know where I'd be today if I'd never found it. So, thank you Verla!  :bear2

Danette
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: mlbrown on May 13, 2010, 01:15 PM
Let's see: fabulous crit partner, marketing info and SALES to magazines (I check her first to see who's looking for what), lots of nuts and bolts info., general life encouragement, agent and publisher info, contests!, excitement over others' successes spurring me on to keep writing . . . so many ways! This is the trunk of my writing tree! I've branched out all over the place because of the BBs. When people ask me how to get started, I always include Verla's!

Verla, you are too awesome. Thank you!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: thunderingelephants on May 14, 2010, 03:53 AM
Verla,
From the amount of posts and ridiculous threads I have put up, I think you can clearly see that I am greatly thankful this forum exists.  Getting in contact with other writers here has been nigh on impossible.   Also no-one else has a clue what I am talking about most of the time.
Thanks for all your help.
TE  (and Moggy)
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Verla Kay on July 14, 2014, 07:55 PM
It's been a long time (over three years!) since anyone posted their success story here. If any of you would like to add your more recent experiences to this thread, it would be fun to hear from you.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Dianna Winget on July 14, 2014, 09:29 PM
You helped me join the boards yourself, Verla, when we sat next to each other at a SCBWI event in Spokane a few years ago. Since then, I've sold two middle grade books, found an agent, went through the terror of having to switch agents, and a whole host of other writing experiences. Through it all, the blue boarders have been there to cheer, sympathize, reassure, explain, and rant with. It's a wonderful community and support group that I'm honored to be a part of.  :thankyou
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Verla Kay on July 14, 2014, 10:28 PM
:verla waves back to Dianna. (Will I see you again this September in Spokane? I'm speaking at that conference.)
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Betsy on July 15, 2014, 12:46 AM
Let me count the ways--

1. First, there's Verla. I'm just so happy I've had a chance to know her--plus hear about her life and her books, and follow the ups and downs of this website over the years.

2. All the BB-ers. I've made so many friends here. I don't dare list them all for fear I'll leave someone out. But you know who you are.

3. I've really enjoyed hearing about everyone's publishing adventures. You guys make me feel less lonely or give me perspective when something negative happens.

4.  Over the years you've helped me with:

Buying a printer
Recommending good books (waves to Olmue)
Finding a humane way to capture a mouse
Choosing the best refrigerator
Sorting out the complexities of grammar (waves to Lill)

And a whole bunch more that I'll no doubt remember at 3:00 am.

5. You've shared links to hilarious videos. You've made me laugh about the things your kids have said. You've made me laugh about the old things that are no longer with us. You've just made me laugh. Period.

6.  I've gotten WFH through this website. I've sold books to publishers I wouldn't have known about without this website.

7. I've felt that I could be of use here. And maybe that's the most important thing of all.


P.S. Seems I've already posted on this thread--way back in 2009. Pretty much said the same thing then. Just consider this an update...
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Kell on July 15, 2014, 05:02 AM
The Blueboard has been a great source of companionship on this lonely journey!

And creatively, it has helped me branch from writing middle grade to writing picture books too (still unpublished!). I don't think I could have gained the confidence or craft to do more than dabble without the great critiques and encouragement from the highly accomplished writers I've met here.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: DianaM on July 15, 2014, 06:07 AM

I think I joined the blueboards in 2008--the year after I joined SCBWI.

I have made many good friends here and the contests and other sub opportunities I found out about through this board kept me going all these years.

I also found my first crit group through this board. That was essential.

And in 2012, I submitted to an agent that I found out about on this board. After she signed me, I made my first PB sale.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: randi-revill on July 15, 2014, 06:47 AM
I didn't consider myself a real writer, so I stalked the Blueboards before I found the courage to post anything. I read story after story about the journey, not only to publication, but finding critique group partners, figuring out Twitter, navigating book signings, and most importantly, supporting each other through sickness, sadness, and even death. That support is number one for me. There ain't nothing like it nowhere!

Professionally, my journey has played out in the Blueboards. I began a thread on May 28th asking for advice on querying agents and publication, and by July 8th, I was agented and published. I'm relatively new to the Blueboards, but without that advice I'm not sure if I would be in such a wonderful position!

THANKS VERLA! AND THANKS GUYS!!!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Franzilla on July 15, 2014, 10:08 AM
Wow, I'm not sure I've got time to list all the ways the Blueboards have helped me... I'd be here all day!! He he he.


1) I would definitely not have signed with my agent, Tricia Lawrence, without this board. 
2) I would not have met the wonderful people who critiqued my work, supported me, cheered me on, and generally showed me how to be a better kidlitter... resulting in the above signing with EMLA. But most importantly, I wouldn't have met some of the wonderful friends I've made here.
3) I would have gone utterly and completely bonkers, not being able to come here and rage, commiserate, moan, as well as celebrate and laugh. 
4) I would never have known the joy of using random smilies at the end of a post.  :meditate :muscles :! :giggle

Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Vijaya on July 15, 2014, 10:13 AM
Let me count the ways ...
1. the friends I've made here
2. being able to share the joys, commiserate over sorrows
3. WFH gigs announced here
4. and most recently an open window to Cartwheel announced by Debbie that landed in a contract!
5. Did I mention the great friends?

I just looked at my profile and I've been here 10 wonderful years. How the boards have grown!
Vijaya
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Whizbee on July 15, 2014, 05:45 PM
An agent contacted me through my website shortly after I posted on these boards that I'd soon be looking for an agent... Probably not a coincidence. :) I signed with her and it has proven to be a great match. She sold my debut to Penguin in September.

I also have found some great discussions here and gotten really valuable professional advice. I have learned so much from the ups and downs people have shared. And I've found some great reads!! Love these boards.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Debby G on July 15, 2014, 08:07 PM
I read on the Blueboard that Capstone was looking for chapter book writers. I contacted them, they signed me on, and I have since published 14 chapter books with Capstone.

 I also asked for critiques on the Blueboard for another book. I got two great critiques, revised, and sold the book plus a sequel. (Haven't formally announced the deal yet.)

I also love the moral support and quick answers to my research questions.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Vonna on July 16, 2014, 04:05 AM
Community, community, community!  :grouphug2:
I live in a big city with a large SCBWI chapter that meets monthly and has a regular stream of author book-launching events at bookstores, yet we still mostly remain home and write in solitude. At any hour of the day or night, I can come here and bask in the camaraderie--the celebrations, consolations and general book talk. I am constantly amazed by the knowledge and generosity on these boards. If there is anything I need to know about this business, this is the first place I'd ask my question. I love the Blueboards! :love5:
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: erinobrien on July 16, 2014, 04:38 AM
Let me count the ways!


I joined the boards one year ago. I had been working on my craft for a few years and anonymously stalking the boards before they were part of SCBWI. Once I realized how warm & inviting everyone was, I took the plunge and finally joined. I'm so glad I did! I have learned so much about so many things here and feel like I am in a community, even though I'm still a relative newbie. People in my life are interested that I'm writing, but everyone here just gets it, if you know what I mean. It's very encouraging to have that when so much writing is done in solitude.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Mrs. Jones on July 16, 2014, 07:15 AM
It's been so fun to read through these posts!

As I've thought about how the blueboards have helped me, it's struck me how the answer is different depending on where I've been in my "writing life." When I first joined (in December of 2005!), this was a place to come for solid writing advice, and basic information about the children's lit industry. Things a newbie needed to understand, like querying and what an agent was actually for, and also learning about what NOT to do. At other times, I've received daily encouragement to finish a project (The 1000 word-a-day club), or looked up an editor, agent, or writing book I was interested in learning more about. And during times where, because of "life," I couldn't spend time actually writing, I could still visit the blueboards on a daily basis and feel like a writer.

Of course, it's the friendships that have developed over the years that mean the most to me. And the fact that our little space on the web is a safe and supportive community where we all help each other go for goals we otherwise wouldn't know how to approach (at least not in any rational way!).

Cheers to Verla and the blueboards! And to SCBWI, too, for providing a way for the boards to live on, and not only keep its place in the children's lit community, but thrive.


 :yay

Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Mike Jung on July 16, 2014, 08:53 AM
When I first joined the blueboards in 2008 I was devoid of knowledge, and I acquired a vast amount of it here. I knew nothing about craft, representation, publication, promotion, etc. - the blueboards served as a series of deeply informative master classes on all those topics.

I also learned a lot about how to communicate online, and being a member/mod/admin here played a huge role in the development of my philosophy and approach to being part of the online kidlit community. I developed good habits here, mostly because I followed the lead of other blueboarders who showed me the way. Not all of those people are still here, but their influence on me remains, and I'm grateful to them. And like Whizbee, my agent is someone I first encountered here. (PSST, WE HAVE THE SAME AGENT)

More than anything else, my first real friendships in the world of children's literature began here on the blueboards. A lot of people I first interacted with on the blueboards years ago are among my most cherished friends and colleagues now.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: tara-giller on July 16, 2014, 08:54 AM
I joined early this year, and I wish I'd joined sooner. They've given me a chance to connect with other people who share the same interests. In non-Internet life I don't have writer friends so it's great to be able to have a group to pose questions to. I also really enjoy hearing about other people's success stories and hurdles along the way. I'm pushing very hard to be able to start querying my YA MS by the end of the summer, so checking in here daily is a great source of motivation. Lastly, I feel confident that I'll have the resources to query and hopefully go through the publication process smoothly by making use of the all of the knowledge that I've gained here. I'm so grateful for this warm and supportive community! :)
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Danette on July 16, 2014, 04:22 PM
I joined in 2005 and even though I read lots of books about the publishing business, nothing came close to what I have learned here. Not once did I feel embarrassed or scared to ask a question. Everyone was (is) always so eager to help! It wasn't hard to quickly fall in love with this place and its people. And speaking of people, I've made some really great friends here!

 
All these years later I have two books published and honestly, if I had not found The Blue Board, (I have no idea how I found big blue. Probably stumbling around the internet praying for HELP) I'm not sure I'd be published today.

 
Danette & Big Blue together for evahhh!
 
 
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Pons on July 16, 2014, 05:28 PM
I can't begin to thank Verla and the Blue Boarders enough. Almost everything I know about the industry I have learned here. What I haven't learned here, I have learned from conferences and websites that people here have pointed me toward. When I have had a question, educated people here have willingly helped with answers. This is a safe, incredibly helpful place, which makes it a rare duck indeed.


I am not yet published, but my present WIP has had several requests for fulls, and I owe much of that to Blue Boarder help.


Laurel




















Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: JulieM on July 16, 2014, 05:32 PM
So many ways...
Access to generous and thoughtful people's opinions and experience
Insightful critiques
Learning about new publishers and open windows to submission, competitions, etc.
Somewhere to ask my industry questions
Somewhere to come if I'm feeling writer's isolation
Meeting new friends (last, but definitely not least).
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Cynthia Kremsner on July 16, 2014, 06:07 PM
When I first joined, I liked to hang out on the response times boards. And then I meandered around and found some great people, some, I've met in person and they're just as genuine and warm as they are here.
It's a place where others asked the questions I was too shy to ask and I found the input validating and informing.

- Was part of a wonderful writer's critique group after I saw a post on the boards. I sent writing samples to join and was mentored by a wonderful group of published and unpublished writers. Unfortunately, a dastardly life experience had me bow out.
 
- Joined an illustrator's group through the board and received input from a trio of brilliantly amazing women. I was encouraged to change my medium by one of them. After I did, I spent one and a half years mastering it and received my first contract with a traditional publisher. The book is releasing in two months.
 
- Hoping to get an agent after I get a book dummy completed that I'm currently working on. Fingers crossed . . . and I'll head on over to the response time boards and industry news boards to start my research.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Dionna on July 17, 2014, 07:36 AM
I've gotten answers to my questions that are targeted just for those of us writing for children, questions like how to leave room for an illustrator in PB texts, how to avoid being episodic, and many others. The comments of those who've been there and done that have been so insightful.

Critiques on my queries have been great and reading other folks' queries and figuring out what works and what doesn't has also taught me a bunch.

The BlueBoard has directed me to amazing resources like Publishers Weekly Children's Bookshelf, Operation Awesome and Literary Rambles. I've even got hooked on blogs like QUERY SHARK and JEN REPRESENTS (*waves*) because of links posted here.

Thanks Verla! 
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Barbara Etlin on July 17, 2014, 07:58 AM
I've been here since the beginning, September 2003. Here's some of what I've gained from the Blueboard:

- advice and information about publishing, querying, response times, etc.
- made lots of friends, some of whom I've met at conferences or otherwise in person
- found my online critique group, The Feathered Pens
- attended one chat in 2005, which led to my first agent request for a full
- started my Live Journal blog, made friends there, including the person who eventually became my cover designer
- discovered the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, and attended it twice (and met Donna Gephart there!)
- information and support for my venture into self-publishing a book of humorous poetry
- learned how to be a sommelier to a skunk (an experience that I later turned into an essay for a humour writing contest)

Thanks, Verla!    :hurrah:  :owl
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Shannywriter on July 17, 2014, 03:40 PM
Wow I hadn't seen this before! The Blueboard has done nothing but help me!! It's impossible to list the all the ways and I'm sure I'll forget some.


The Blueboard has:
-Made me stick with writing and not give up!
-Introduced me to SCBWI and writer conferences!
-Introduced me to other online writer sites
-Connected me to pretty much all of my writer pals!
-Introduced me to new authors I love reading!
-Taught me about online presence
-Taught me about writing and the revision process
-Taught me about the importance of having critique partners, and all of my critiquers have come from the Blueboards!
-Taught me about the agent search and query process
-Given me the support and love to stick it out, hang on for the downs and downs and downs and downs and ups and ups...
-Given me comfort when I was rejected so many times!
-Given me comfort when my agent rejected me the first time
-Cheered for me when my agent offered and I signed with her!
-Given me support through agent revisions/submission prep
-Cheered for me when I sold my book!
-Given me support on the road to publication


 :)
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Liz Straw on August 11, 2014, 11:47 AM
What everyone else said.


We tend to sit in our own homes struggling to write by ourselves. Cannot always afford to go to a regional conference to meet other writers, so talking to other writers of children's books on line gives you a life line and a group of friends that when you can make it to conference you look forward to meeting in a way that is so hard to explain. They have been their through your odd questions, your ups and downs, your success stories, and your personal struggles. A group of writers like no other group.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Sue Irwin on December 27, 2014, 08:58 AM
Like Debby G, I read Blueboard posts from publishers looking for writers, and this helped me get published, too. And, I've learned sooo much from others - re: submissions, the various markets, contracts, etc, etc, etc.  :wow

Thanks, Verla and Blueboarders!
 ::-)
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: thunderingelephants on December 28, 2014, 03:33 AM
Oh my goodness, it's a while since I have seen this thread. One thing that has happened is that our national SCBWI has been increased in members (non-members, technically). It's tiny and erratic but it exists and based in my city, so that's a real bonus. Leprechauns do exist, after all! :lurk
It's also given me the opportunity to chat and create some ridiculous threads and encourage me to write more.
Oh and I just noticed my last post chatted about Moggy. That will always put a smile on my face.

Thanks and happy creating! And New Year! :clover
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: L.P. on December 28, 2014, 09:57 AM
What a nice thread to find! These boards have helped me immensely in ways I cannot measure. I've always loved writing, but it has been an on-again, off-again affair for me, as personal and professional needs take precedence. Since I've joined the boards, I've learned so much  - about writing, about dealing with rejection, about persevering, and about this warm, fuzzy group feeling that tells me I don't have to write all by myself and never talk about it.  Wanting to write is not my guilty secret anymore. I spend some time almost every day doing writing-related activities now. I'm motivated, I'm happier, and I feel very privileged to be part of this group.

Thanks to all you board magicians who keep this group alive and well and to everyone else for helping keep this such a warm and inviting place!

I hope that 2015 is a wonderfully happy and successful year for all!

~L.P.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: LadySlipper on December 28, 2014, 11:02 AM
Oh Gosh.  So MANY ways.  First the "Reductions." You have REDUCED my feeling of being alone in the vast world of writing.  You have REDUCED my ignorance.  Of which there might be no end.  You have REDUCED the feeling that I might never get published. 

Now, to the ADDITIONS.  You have added a community.  You have added wisdom from sage voices and an infusion of encouragement and happiness through the Generous Spirit the SCBWI/Blueboard Community possesses.  Not to mention adding these things:  :stars3 and :goldstar and :grouphug2 and all of the above.  You have even Added some lovely Twitter connections. 

So in other words, you have MULTIPLIED my writing experience and life.  Could not thank you--and everyone here--enough.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: ButterflyGirl on December 28, 2014, 01:56 PM
I stumbled upon this community through the agent response boards, and then posted a query. Up until then, I treated writing as a "Maybe I'll try it" hobby, or at least that's what I told the rest of the world. By asking for feedback and offering my own comments to other writers, my perspective shifted. I started seeing myself as part of a community of real writers, and started working in earnest to climb the learning curve. I can't imagine this journey without my wise friends and cp's from the BlueBoard. The isolation, rejection and doubt would have likely pushed me back into my former job, and I would have quietly let the dream die.

I'm getting a little sniffly here, I LOVE this place so much! Thank you, Verla, you changed my life.
 :love4
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Verla Kay on December 28, 2014, 04:33 PM

I'm getting a little sniffly here, I LOVE this place so much! Thank you, Verla, you changed my life.
 :love4


And now you are making me all sniffly, too! :love4
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: DianaM on December 29, 2014, 06:54 AM
Me, too!  :bluesad :love4 It's so easy to quit when you're starting out. It's a fragile time. Here's to keeping dreams alive!  :xmascheer (And hooray for Verla!)

And LP, I kept my writing secret for years! I only came out of the closet to family and friends after I won an SCBWI grant. But yeah, it was always so nice to have a place to go where you could share with people who understand.
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: sima-mittal on June 06, 2015, 02:07 PM
I found a beautiful online friend who supports me with my writing in Michelle Karene!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Brianna on July 01, 2015, 09:22 AM
Oh my! Just spotted this thread. These boards have helped me in so many ways! Here are the ones I can articulate right now:

*Making writer friends-- It is so awesome when I go to the Western Washington SCBWI conference to know that I will meet up with a group of wonderful friends from the Blue Boards.

*Knowing about the world of children's writing  -- So many things that I know about how the world of children's writing worked, I picked up from these boards. Other writers generously shared information and I picked it up. (Sometimes I only realize how much I know from these boards when I talk to other writers who aren't on them and they ask me, "How did you learn that?")

*Building my confidence as a writer-- When I first wanted to submit a proposal for a nonfiction article to Cobblestone, I wasn't sure. So I posted a question on these boards. And people helped me and encouraged me.  And Cobblestone accepted that proposal. :thankyou

*Letting me know about opportunities-- Many years ago, I found out about the Smartwriters W.I.N. contest through these boards. I entered and got a huge confidence boost when some of my manuscripts placed (Nikki Grimes even commented on one. Yay!). I only found out about opportunities like that one and so many others because I was on these boards.

*Celebrating together!-- I have loved coming to this board through the years to celebrate good news. It is so inspiring to see people who have worked so hard at honing and polishing their craft come to share their good news. And it is so much fun to get to share my own good news with people who really "get it". I absolutely love what a supportive community this is in so many wonderful ways.

 :thankyou for these wonderful boards!
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: 217mom on July 01, 2015, 09:45 AM
Without the Blueboards I could have found some of the information about navigating the business of kid-lit eventually, but it would have been---
-Slower
--lonelier
----friendless

THIS is the kidlit writers & illustrators' café bar none. Verla's rules kept it from ever rolling down the path of Internet barking & biting trolls. She made it safe. 
In a virtual way--it's the real deal.  :goldstar
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: Verla Kay on July 01, 2015, 05:52 PM
Without the Blueboards I could have found some of the information about navigating the business of kid-lit eventually, but it would have been---
-Slower
--lonelier
----friendless

THIS is the kidlit writers & illustrators' café bar none. Verla's rules kept it from ever rolling down the path of Internet barking & biting trolls. She made it safe. 
In a virtual way--it's the real deal.  :goldstar


Awww, :thanks, 217mom. :embarrassed3
Title: Re: How has the Blueboard Helped You?
Post by: LadySlipper on July 02, 2015, 07:17 AM
It's being part of the tribe of writers; finding immediate support or advice when needed. It's the happy and generous shouts of joy when someone succeeds in their long journey of getting published.