Today I need to hear stories about authors who went with their gut, despite what critics said and they succeeded! I know those stories are out there. Jodi Moore, author of the highly-acclaimed WHEN A DRAGON MOVES IN (Flashlight Press) shared one such story on my blog a few months ago.
In fact, the marketing for the book really plays up the idea of the reader deciding...proving that Jodi was right all along!
If you build a perfect sandcastle, a
dragon will move in.
And that's exactly what happens to
one very lucky boy at the beach. Dad is busy sunbathing and Mom is busy
with her book, so the boy and dragon roam the beach together, flying a kite, braving the waves, and roasting marshmallows.
But no one believes
him when he shares the news of his magnificent dragon: Mom only hears the roar of the ocean, Dad thinks the dragon feather is a seagull feather, and
know-it-all sis claims there's no such thing as a dragon.
when the sandwiches mysteriously disappear, claw prints are found in the
brownies, and dragon-giggles erupt from the strangest of places.
Is there truly a mischievous dragon
running around on the beach or is someone's imagination running wild?
Decide for yourself When a Dragon Moves
Congrats, Jodi for listening to your gut and thank you for sharing your story! It is stories like this that help me when I feel confused about critiques I might receive.
Anyone have another story? I could use the inspiration...
Writers weigh in!