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Don’t Hate Me Because I Didn’t Get Rejected by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

We have a special guest today!  Cheryl Malandrinos, author of Little Shepherd (Guardian Angel Publishing) , is here to talk about rejection.  Visit Cheryl on the web at http://ccmalandrinos.com.

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Cheryl MalandrinosDon’t Hate Me Because I Didn’t Get Rejected by Cheryl C. Malandrinos

by Cheryl Malandrinos


Some of you might be old enough to remember when Kelly LeBrock was the spokesperson for Pantene® hair care products. In a famous commercial for the brand, LeBrock says, “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful.”

When asked to share my experience of how Little Shepherd brought me from aspiring author to published author, I thought of that famous line and knew it would make a great title for my post.

Guardian Angel Publishing (GAP) was the first and only publishing house I submitted the manuscript to. Why? Because I did my market research and I decided they would be the best ones to bring Obed’s story to life.

Little Shepherd 2I first became introduced to GAP when Safari Sue Thurman asked me to review her book, Maybe We Are Flamingos. I was totally enchanted by this story of two flamingos who wonder when they will turn pink and soon learn their age and diet will help with that. Illustrated by talented artist, Kevin Scott Collier, I would tell everyone I knew about this great new book they simply had to read to their little ones.

I began looking for more GAP books to review. Every time, I was impressed by the quality of the books, the imagination of the authors, and the lovely (and sometimes silly) artwork. I knew I wanted to be one of GAP’s authors.

While reviewing, I was also writing my own book about a young shepherd in the hills outside Bethlehem tending his first flock. I sent my first draft over to my friend and fellow author, Mayra Calvani, who is also published by GAP. I asked her what she thought of it and if she felt GAP would be interested in Obed’s story. She offered some suggestions for my manuscript and told me how much she loved working with everyone at GAP.

Then God and His never-ending blessings helped me along. I learned that Lynda Burch, publisher at GAP, would be attending the Muse Online Writers Conference in 2008 and she would be giving conference attendees a chance to submit a manuscript.

I didn’t waste any time getting Little Shepherd ready. I asked for feedback from my critique group, polished it a bit more, and then sent it off to Lynda.

Then I spent the next few months biting my fingernails off, hoping to hear something, anything.

Lynda sent the manuscript back to me with suggestions and encouraged me to resubmit it. She accepted the revised manuscript, I signed the contract, and then I waited some more.

Finally the day came to choose an illustrator. I was familiar with Eugene Ruble’s work because of the GAP books I had reviewed. I knew he would do a wonderful job in bringing Obed’s story to life visually. The galleys took my breath away!

Now Little Shepherd is available at the Guardian Angel Publishing website, Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, and indiebound.com.

So that’s my journey from aspiring author to published author. I hope you enjoyed it.

By the way, I’ve been using Pantene® for years and I still don’t look as good as Kelly LeBrock.

Cheryl Malandrinos is a freelance writer and editor. A regular contributor for Writer2Writer, her articles focus on increasing productivity through time management and organization. A founding member of Musing Our Children, Ms. Malandrinos is also Editor in Chief of the group’s quarterly newsletter, Pages & Pens.


Cheryl is a Tour Coordinator for Pump Up Your Book, a book reviewer, and blogger. Little Shepherd is her first children’s book. Ms. Malandrinos lives in Western Massachusetts with her husband and two young daughters. She also has a son who is married.


You can visit Cheryl online at http://ccmalandrinos.com or the Little Shepherd blog at http://littleshepherdchildrensbook.blogspot.com/.

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