At the Convention Center, publishers displayed their newest books and encouraged you to take them. A writer’s dream. I tossed out a pair of shoes so I’d have room in my suitcase for nine brand new novels.
Even though I sold my novel to
The highlight of the evening was a cocktail party where I was introduced to librarians from all over the country, who were passionate, dedicated and funny. It was so much fun to talk about my book with them and learn about the libraries where they worked. And my editor did a fantastic job of introducing my novel to the group; she could moonlight as a stand-up comic.
Sunday found me sitting in the back row of a ballroom with authors Liz Gallagher and E.M. Crane as the Newbery winners were announced.
This is what it looked like:
The excitement in the room was palpable as each award was announced, and finally – the Newbery. I kept pinching myself because I couldn’t believe I was sitting in the room where the Newbery Award was being announced. I still can’t.
As if the weekend weren’t exciting enough, the festivities took place in
I was thrilled to walk around and see City Hall with William Penn’s statue standing proudly on top, the
And I managed to squeeze in time to enjoy a few meals and a lot of laughs with family and friends.
Barely recovered from my delightful weekend, I’m now preparing to head down to
It’s time for the Florida SCBWI Conference. I’ve attended it nearly every year since its inception. And this year, I’m giving a short talk about being a first-time author and a longer workshop entitled: Free Money: Finding and Winning Grants to Propel Your Career to the Next Level. And I’ll be doing my first autograph party.
I’m looking forward to it. Drop me a comment if you’re planning to attend.
Until next time,