Derived from his years of teaching in California public schools and in Europe, author Phillip Done's first book, 32 Third Graders and One Class Bunny, captures the stories and anecdotes from the classroom. He started journaling and collecting these stories when time allowed and after a couple of months he realized he had enough content to start a book. With the encouragement of a friend, Done completed his manuscript two years later and began querying agents. Despite receiving thirty rejections within two months, he didn't give up and contacted several more agents, finally receiving a request to review a chapter. This correspondence led to more chapters being requested and Done ultimately landed the agent who sold his manuscript to a large publishing house at auction. His advice to other writers is simple: "Don't give up."
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Thanks for sharing your story.
I taught for 15 years as well, primarily in Middle School. Our curriculum was weak when it came to vocabulary development, so I started writing short stories that I developed literature stations around. The end of the week culminated with my story and a modified cloze procedure as means of assessment. It rekindled my love for writing children's literature.
So there’s hope! Thanks for the encouragement!
I too am a classroom teacher. I wonder if I can contact you as I have further questions?
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