Kidlit Fertilizer

What does fertilizer have to do with publishing? Everything.

As a lifelong athlete I am a big fan of quotes. Before big games, I read inspirational quotes to get in the right mindset. Now I use quotes to inspire the kids I coach. This is one of my favorites.


This quote always gets a chuckle, but it’s true. Losing makes you hungry for a win and hunger is a great motivator. You identify your weaknesses, work your tail off, study the competition, and go after it again.

I recently read a fantastic post about Kate Messner’s presentation at the 2014 SCBWI conference in New York. She said, “Never underestimate the power of failure.” I couldn’t agree more.

There is a lot of fertilizer in this business. That’s a whole lot of potential power, so bring the stink on!


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