Do children's book editors know that they hold children's book author's dreams in their hands?Yes. But long acquaintance with the slush pile has convinced us that we are also holding authors' crack-induced fantasies and psychotic delusions in our hands.
Here's the thing we'd like more authors to be aware of: we don't hold your dreams in our hands. You do.
What we hold in our hands--what you've sent us-- is your work, not your dreams.
Any reasonable person expects to work hard to make their dreams come true, right? Getting rejected and writing and rewriting and writing some more and getting rejected some more is all part of that hard work.
No editor should be able to crush your dreams by telling you the piece of your work they looked at wasn't good enough. Because it's just one piece of your work! And you have lots more, right?
When you receive a rejection letter and feel your dreams being crushed, BE AWARE: it's you crushing your dreams.
That's what happens when you forget that dreams are achieved through your hard work, and not through the miraculous intervention of others.
We are not your fairy godmothers; we are your colleagues. We will be so grateful if you will treat us as such.