For years I loved reading agent success stories. It’s an honor and delight to share my own. Here’s the story of how I connected with Erica Bauman of Zachary Shuster Harmsworth. (And a little advice to those in the query trenches.)
We need to talk about mental health. Kids need to read about mental health.
No one should go on for decades believing that anxiety cannot be treated or should be suffered in silence. If you’re hurting, reach out. If you’re not ready to reach out, that’s okay too. Asking for help isn’t easy. Giving a name to your pain isn’t easy. Treatment isn’t easy. Filling that first prescription isn’t easy. Access to affordable health care isn’t easy.
One of my wonderful yoga teachers gently encouraged the class to develop a mantra along with the breath. She suggested I am strong. That didn’t resonate with me. I didn’t feel strong at the time. I wobbled and ached and dropped to my knees and lost my breath and focus. But I was there. I got to class. I got onto my mat.
I’m hitting the home stretch on Pitch Wars, and it’s blowing my mind how much I’ve grown as a writer and changed as a person during this marathon of revising and rewriting and brainstorming and dreaming. Here are a few things I’ve learned.
Do I get burned out writing for work and writing for fun? Sometimes. But after being sidelined by divorce and life shenanigans for a bit, I love having my voice back. My imagination has always been an escape. As a little kid, I figured it would just stop at some point. But it never did. (Phew.)
Maria Mora is Content Director at Big Sea in St. Petersburg, Florida. She’s been working and writing on the web since 2002 after receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in English at the University of Florida. Maria’s articles on topics such as parenting, feminism and conservation have been featured at SheKnows, Cafe Mom, Azula, and Yahoo Parenting.
Maria is the single mom of two boys, and she shares her home with two Muppet-shaped rescue dogs. She loves high stakes, swoony romance, and rooting for the underdog. She will write for stickers.