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By Dennis Abrams

Barbara Park created some of the most well known and cherished characters in modern kid's books--Junie B. Jones.

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However, not even the constant flow of rejection letters could dampen her determination. She kept trying, finally submitting a greeting card to Hallmark. The front of the card read: 37 38 BARBARA PARK Isn’t it ridiculous the way some people react to getting older? Facelifts, wigs, wrinkle creams, etc . . There’s no doubt about it. . And the inside of the card read: I really admire the way you’ve just let yourself go. A few weeks later, Hallmark sent her a check for $50 to publish her message!

They talked about college and my future, stuff I couldn’t care less about right now. So instead of feeling better, mostly I just felt sick to my stomach. I cried a lot after I found out. I didn’t do it much in front of my parents though. When you’re ten and a half, you don’t like a lot of people sitting around watching your nose run. That’s why I saved most of it for my room, muffling my blubbering sounds with my pillow. Sometimes it got so soggy, I couldn’t sleep on it. I was also more scared than I’d been before.

And it’s not a matter of trying to remember every single thing I ever felt or thought as a child. 30 Her first book was finished, but one problem remained. How was she going to get it published? She did not even have an agent, someone to sell her manuscript to a publishing house. So Barbara did what many new writers choose to do: she bought a copy of the Writer’s Market. Writer’s Market is a book that comes out annually and is a staple for new writers. It lists all the publishing houses in the United States, plus a few in Canada, and describes the kinds of books each house publishes.

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