Author Jennifer Buchet on Perseverance- PLUS GIVEAWAY!

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Hello world!!

Welcome to my book blog, Blissfully Bookish. For this Q & A, please welcome an author who’s very active in the kidlit community; Jennifer Buchet. I’m excited to announce her latest creation, Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma, a picture book illustrated by Cassie Chancey and published by Clear Fork. See her journey below…

BUT first- YAY! Jennifer is generously giving away a free picture book critique up to 600 words (non-rhyming) or a query critique. To be eligible to win, please enter the Rafflecopter contest by clicking HERE. Contest ends Feb 18, 2022.

Please describe the journey to publication for Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma.

Ever since I could hold a crayon, I’ve been writing. I love how the written word creates magic, wonder and adventure. About eight years ago I invested in several kidlit writing classes and began joining various organizations.

Once I had the idea for Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma, the first draft came quickly yet the revisions took months! The story went through several iterations, from swapping Little Medusa’s biggest challenge to revealing how she solves the issue by herself. Not to mention that making one of the world’s best known super-villains into something kid-friendly takes hard work!

Two years and ~60 drafts later (thanks amazing critique partners!) I began subbing out my story and within a year found a home with Clear Fork Publishing.

Where did you draw the book’s inspiration?

After watching a reptile show at my library, I was intrigued with snakes. Smitten, but not enough to purchase one, I began writing a funny snake story. A month later, my little girl skipped into the laundry room with very tangled hair and I found myself facing a real-life Little Medusa! 

Oh.

Oh!!

Little Medusa….snakes….hair…scaring things to stone with a stare… I put aside my original tale (and the socks!) and dove into the mythology of Medusa.

What is your writing process, and does it vary depending on the project?

I’m fortunate to be surrounded by my audience as a Pre-Kindergarten teacher, plus I get to see how books are being presented to the littles via the curriculum. So nearly every day, ideas are bopping around. It can be difficult to choose one or two to focus on and actually write down! I make a point to write on the weekends though, even if it’s only for a few hours on a quiet Sunday afternoon.

Please paste a short and compelling excerpt from your book.

Do you have other WIPs or projects in the pipeline you would like to mention?

I’m currently searching for the “write” agent plus I’ve several picture book manuscripts out on sub, with a few more bumping down revision lane. I’m also polishing up my first chapter book and can’t wait to find the perfect home for it!

I know you also head up a Twitter pitch contest, could you please tell us more about that?

Absolutely! Three years ago, during the first summer of the pandemic, my friend Karen Greenwald and I wanted to inspire and unite kidlit writers. And we love writing contests! So we created a virtual vacation “writerland” called #SunWriteFun.  Entrants write to a theme (such as sportsmanship in ’21 due to the summer Olympics) and have a tiny word count to create their own tale. Our judges are always impressed with the number of imaginative entries! We also raised donations for both #WeNeedDiverseBooks and ReadertoReader.org. Watch out…we’re already hatching plans for this summer’s theme!

What is the best piece of advice you would give to other writers?

Wishing on stars and casting dandelion dreams is fine, as long as you have the work to back you up. Because it’s all about getting the “write” story in front of the right person at the right time.

And a bonus question just for kicks! If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?

You might think I’d say a snake, but nope! (Snakes hibernate in the winter and I love snow!) My secret super power has always been to change into any animal; narrowing it down is hard so I’d have to choose….a timber wolf.

Or a panther.

Maybe a black cat.

Just not a snake!

BIO

Jennifer Buchet is an award-winning author, pre-kindergarten educator and self-proclaimed foodie. Her kidlit career officially started in 2011, writing for Cricket Media. Today, she is a feature contributor for Faces magazine while also creating new picture books and chapter books, many which feature mouth-watering meals and even a few cute, twisty serpents.

  • Book Info:

Title: Little Medusa’s Hair Do-Lemma

Author: Jennifer Buchet, Illustrator: Cassie Chancy, Published By: Clear Fork Publishing, 2021, Fiction, Age Range: 4-8

Synopsis: Little Medusa is the first Gorgon who doesn’t enjoy having her best serpentine friend wriggle through her hair. She finds herself torn between following family customs and keeping herself and her best serpentine friend happy. In fact, Little Medusa begins doubting if she even wants to scare anyone to stone with a stare!

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35 thoughts on “Author Jennifer Buchet on Perseverance- PLUS GIVEAWAY!

    Ellen Leventhal said:
    February 16, 2022 at 11:17 am

    Congrats, Jennifer! This book looks adorable! And 60 drafts…yep, I get it! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

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    Melissa-Jane Nguyen said:
    February 12, 2022 at 10:31 pm

    Fantastic interview! I really enjoyed reading about Jennifer’s process and writing journey so far. I’d also love to get my hands on this book since I have a bit of a Little Medusa in my 5-year-old 😀

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      yangmommy said:
      February 13, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Oooh, your very own Little Medusa, eh? Love it! 🙂 Hope you enjoy!

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    annette schottenfeld said:
    February 11, 2022 at 4:12 pm

    Such a fun interview! Loved hearing about the ‘write’ process Jen!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 13, 2022 at 1:17 pm

      Thank you, Annette! 🙂

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    Jilanne Hoffmann said:
    February 10, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Congrats, Jennifer! My son, whose hair is now between his shoulder blades reminds me of this book, LOL.

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:23 pm

      Thanks, Julianne! You may want to check his hair once in awhile for snakes, just in case 😉

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        yangmommy said:
        February 10, 2022 at 1:24 pm

        Oops, Jilanne–sorry about the typo!

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    seschipper said:
    February 9, 2022 at 11:20 pm

    Congratulations! Thanks for sharing your writing adventure with us!
    🙂

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:24 pm

      You are most welcome!

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    Melissa Stiveson said:
    February 9, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    Great interview! And, hey, I’d choose a timber wolf (or panther) too. Or maybe a horse 🙂

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:25 pm

      Oooh, that’s fun! What about a unicorn? Or pegasus? Hrmmm…I’d do “pegacorn” 🙂

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    Sarah Meade said:
    February 9, 2022 at 4:36 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story, Jennifer!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      You’re welcome, Sarah!

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    Emily Durant (@emilydurwrites) said:
    February 9, 2022 at 4:28 pm

    Congratulations on your book and thanks for sharing your story 🙂

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      Thank you, Emily! We all have different paths to publication and there’s no right way. 🙂

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    chardixon47 said:
    February 9, 2022 at 4:27 pm

    Congratulations, Jennifer! I’m looking forward to reading your story!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you, and I really hope you enjoy!

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    Annie Lynn/AnnieBirdd Music, LLC said:
    February 9, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    This was a great interview on both sides, Love hearing how a story was born; the process is much like that in songwriting. Kids give you so much great material to work with that it’d be crazy to not use some of it. Also it makes a story relatable. Congratulations to all involved in making this book, clearly filled with fun and adventure. I filled out a rafflecopter but don’t know if it got to you. I was trying to put twitter post url and lost screen. Please consider me for the query critique. Stay well all!✌🏼💖🎶🎨📚🌻

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      I’m always telling my daughter that songs have a story (well, most!) and to listen for the story. So glad you enjoyed the i’view! 🙂

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    Karen Keesling said:
    February 9, 2022 at 11:40 am

    Hooray for Pre-K teachers! I loved hearing about your publishing journey, how you balance work and writing, and #sunwritefun helped me in so many ways. Thanks for all that you do for the kidlit community!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      So glad to have you drop by, Karen K! 🙂 Hope to see ya at #SWF22!

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    Dianna Wilson Sirkovsky said:
    February 9, 2022 at 10:08 am

    This looks delightful! Congrats on your book.

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:29 pm

      Thank you very much, Dianna!

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    Stephanie Owen said:
    February 9, 2022 at 10:07 am

    I’ve loved reading about this books journey and I can’t wait to read it!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:30 pm

      Ahh, thanks Stephanie! Hope you enjoy Li’l Medusa!

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    jenanyong said:
    February 9, 2022 at 10:00 am

    What a fresh perspective on the writing journey! I’m thrilled to hear you’ve published and are still hunting for an agent! That’s not the typically advertised path. Thank you for sharing!!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      I look at it as building my writing resume,in a way. For several years, I only wrote for magazines, during which I was writing ms after ms. There are so many agents out there, but the research takes time because you really do want the “write” one!

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    dedradavis03 said:
    February 9, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Looking forward to reading this snake-y (ew) book! Congratulations!!!

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you!!

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    Armineh Manookian said:
    February 9, 2022 at 9:54 am

    Wow, 60 drafts! Thank you for your encouragement, Jennifer, and reminder to keep persisting.

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      Lydia Lukidis responded:
      February 9, 2022 at 11:49 am

      Right?? WOW.

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:32 pm

      Yup! Some drafts had major revisions, other a simple line or two. And btw, once your ms is accepted, there are ALWAYS more revisions before print time! 🙂

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    cinzialverde said:
    February 9, 2022 at 8:58 am

    Congrats on your book! I love Medusa and I can’t wait to read your story. Best, Cindy

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      yangmommy said:
      February 10, 2022 at 1:33 pm

      Sure hope you enjoy it, Cindy! Thanks for stopping by!

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