Perhaps I should just call this series of posts -- Ursula Nordstrom 1, and 2, and 3, and etc.
I agree with several comments I've had on Face book -- that we'd love to have had an editor like that. Such letters of encouragement. Such letters begging the authors and illustrators to work harder/ send her more, more, more. Even letters asking them to come visit her.
Any editor I've suggested visiting, simply because I'm a visual person and wanted to be able to visualize the building they worked in, quickly told me that they'd be out of town the days I'd be in town. Ooo-Kay.
These days, we get NO answers/ No letters from editors, because editors read our submissions on their eReaders and simply delete and go on to the next one, leaving us hanging, wondering if they ever received our stuff at all.
Wondering if we should give up on Them and go ahead and submit elsewhere.
Just wondering, wondering, wondering.
(Or we get no answers because they were trying to decide/ took it to committee and it was shot down/ or forgot about it while they got excited about someone else's manuscript.)
I wish I had started writing sooner, while she was still alive.
I wish I had had an editor like Ursula Nordstrom.