Friday, January 10, 2014

Celebrating success

Confession time: I thought I'd be wrapping up 2013 with a big announcement. I had it written in my head. Things were about to happen. Then, in early December, it all fell through. After eight months of back and forth with a wonderful agent, she ultimately decided my work was too similar to those of her existing clients, and, well, it wouldn't behoove any of us for her to take me on.

It was devastating.

But she was right.

Now I'm trying to pick myself up and get my work out there again. It's not easy, not when I'd let myself get so invested. But I need to move on, and what better way to do that than to focus on recent successes!

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by Christine Matthews
I have two new stories out in Science News for Students:

Caught in the act looks at how animals adapt to a rapidly changing world. Humans are changing the world faster than ever (in fact, we are now considered to be THE driving force of change on the planet, the focus of another story that should be out in a month or two), and only animals that can adapt in time will be able to survive the transition. "Caught in the act" provides some hope on that front.

Why are bees vanishing?, out today, examines the latest scientific findings that are unraveling the mystery of colony collapse disorder. With one-third of the food on our tables requiring pollination by bees and other pollinators, their disappearance is nothing to ignore. And pesticide use--around the home and garden--might be a major culprit, even when used in moderation. You can find out better ways to control pests in my explainer, How to limit the need for pesticides.

Things are moving forward. As they should.

What successes are you celebrating?


  1. great articles, Alison! good luck finding the right person for your stories...

    1. Thanks, Sue! I'll find the right agent. Just need a bit more time... :)

  2. Hi Alison, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

  3. First, congrats to you for having such good work that an agent was that invested in the first place. Second, congrats to you for having a great attitude. Third, congrats on the successes! I'm a teacher so I would like to check out these publications and your work. Christy :)

    1. Thanks, Christy, I appreciate your kind words and your interest in my work. I hope they're of use to you!

  4. I didn't realize it had been 8 months worth of time. Wow. But you are right.You WILL find the right agent - and at the right time! This may just be your year. You never know...