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Comment by Richele on March 17, 2010 at 1:11am
Thanks ladies. Here is the deal, maybe that will shed more light...maybe not.

My mother had told me to write the story because she would never actually write it. I had no intention of not crediting her...but I took that as permission. So, I did. I turned in a query letter and an editor wanted to see the full manuscript. Well, my mother was thrilled at first. I told her of how I interpreted the story with one character added in. She loved the idea. I turned everything in. Now...to be fair, I did make the mistake of turning it in before allowing her to read the finished product. I was so excited that I just sent it over! She was not thrilled with that. I can understand that. She then changed her mind and did not like the character I added in. Well, I already turned it in that way...AFTER she thought it was a good idea. Then I had to hear about how the main character is so near and dear to her heart that she is almost real to her and she can picture her exactly in her head. Had I known all that..I NEVER would have touched the project. She is VERY emotional anyway. She would never go ahead with the project with the additional character. She would just die if I got it published without her approval or with her being involved. To be honest, once she gave me permission to write it up and I planned on crediting her with it...I thought her part was done. I suppose that was wrong??? I don't know. But I do know, that she has very solid ideas on this story and will not change a thing. That's fine...but had I known that I would not have touched it...as I said. I cannot in good conscience get this book published without her approval. Yet, I feel I wasted the opportunity of a lifetime on this story. I don't know if I have the power to remove the character now. My mother is also very limited in her understanding of business and publishing. She is uncompromising and no doubt would want to talk to the editor if she wanted to change anything or pick an illustrator she did not approve of. It is my understanding that the publisher picks the illustrator anyway.

Geesh this is long...sorry. If I could remove the character and be sure my mother was properly credited, I would love the opportunity. My mother wants the book to say: Created by: HER and Written by: Richele

Honestly, I don't even know what I can do or not now. I am sure I will look like a fool now anyway.

I should have known better. But it was a dream of her's to see the book published...so I wanted to bring the dream alive. In one conversation I felt accused of stealing her work and she failed to remember that she told me to write it. You see what I am dealing with? Actually, I wish I could change it entirely and put a pen name on it and leave it at that! LOL.

So, I am just heartbroken. If the editor wants to publish it...well...I feel like a fool asking to change so much. Am I? You see why I just want to forget the whole thing?
Comment by Jillylivi on March 17, 2010 at 1:02am
Beth, your articles are very impressive, significant and informative. Thank you for sharing.

What a small world we live in. I grew up very close to where you live now, in Longmeadow, Mass. I can't tell you how much I miss those warm summer nights and the trees!!! I sooo miss the trees.

Spring is so beautiful back there and it is nothing but wind and mud here. Oh well, I guess we always long for the place we grew up in.
Comment by Jillylivi on March 17, 2010 at 12:55am
Richele,

If I have learned nothing else, I have learned to not be taken down by others criticisms and expectations of me. This is not to say that you should not listen to your mother's concerns but if your book is in the hands of somebody who is interested than try to release yourself from the worry and keep a positive outlook.

Your childrens book seems like an incredibly special project and should not become a vice between you and your mother. It seems to me that if you remain true to your mother, eventually it will turn into something that the two of you can be proud of together.

I agree with Peryl, you never know where this book may take you.
Comment by Peryl Manning on March 16, 2010 at 10:43pm
Congratulations Lori!

And thank you Beth - you are a sweetheart and I love your blog, and am excited to check out your website.

Richele - so sorry you are having this experience - you seem so kind, and don't deserve the trauma. I'm proud of you for having come so far with the story - it means there is another one in you with fewer emotional complications.

Thanks everyone for being so open with their achievements and frustrations - it truly is inspiring. You are just a stellar group of writing women!!

Peryl
Comment by Tami W. on March 16, 2010 at 8:15pm
Richele - sorry to hear you are having those issues with that book. It has to be a little heart wrenching for you.

Know you have an ear if you need it!
Comment by Beth Daigle on March 16, 2010 at 7:50pm
Hi all-

I wanted to share with you my website, www.bethdaigle.com, where I have samples of the published work I have done for regional magazine and papers. Since my blog is quite light-hearted and sometimes silly, I wanted to show you another side of my writing. I thank you for taking the time to take a look at it as well as my blog. Best, Beth
Comment by Beth Daigle on March 16, 2010 at 7:46pm
Thanks Jillian- I don't know how I miss these things sometimes.

Richele - Hang in there. It's a tough situation for sure. Good luck!

Peryl - I really like your posts. So familiar and entertaining. I look forward to continuing to follow.

Beth- www.bdbuzz10.blogspot.com
Comment by Richele on March 16, 2010 at 7:19pm
Congratulations, Lori! So happy you are living a dream!

I've been so busy writing unit studies. I know that's not exactly books...but I am taking a break from writing my book. I submitted a manuscript for a children's book that is being looked at now. It's really a story my mother used to tell. I wrote it in tribute to her...I gave her credit..however she feels I did not credit her enough. It's a long story. At any rate, I am actually hoping the whole thing falls through. I am very disillusioned. I am considering just telling the editor not to read it. This has been hard so I am backing off for a bit. My mom is great...she is not being a jerk. I just underestimated how emotionally attached she was to her story. I thought I was doing something nice...she took it as me taking over..and running with her idea. An idea she never wrote for 30 years and actually told me to wrote..but regrets it now. I think it sounded good at the time but her emotional attachement and the prospect of editing and changing is not her cup of tea. I don't even want to deal with it.

Okay, I am rambling. I was thinking of sharing the whole sorted story because I need real advice. I will do that when I have a minute tonight or tomorrow.
Comment by Jillylivi on March 16, 2010 at 6:48pm
Hi Beth,

You can make comments after every story posted on my blog. Let me know if you have problems.
Comment by Beth Daigle on March 16, 2010 at 6:09pm
Hi Jillian -

Thanks for the comment on my post. Do you have a place directly on your blog to comment? I know you will love having a dog. My reservation has always been knowing that I would be the only one doing the work. Since my husband really doesn't want a dog, I wouldn't feel right asking him to help out and my girlies are well intentioned but not quite up to the task. Anyway, enjoy your new furry friend when she arrives. Such an exciting time. Beth
 

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