This week, The Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and the Rocky Mountain Chapter in particular, is at the tippy top of the gratitude list, so I will depart from the usual format for these posts to talk about that specifically. I just got back from the regional conference, and I am nearly catatonic from excitement and joy, but also fatigue.
It was exactly one year ago that I drove home from my first SCBWI conference so inspired and motivated that I knew it was time, once and for all, to leave my former career behind and dedicate myself fully to writing. Forgive the cliché (I did warn you I’m exhausted), but what a difference a year makes. My writing has come so far, and although I am still pre-published, I feel so privileged to work on an art and in a field that I feel so passionate about. I have always enjoyed my work, but now I LOVE my work.
All of the “big wigs” at this particular conference – the keynote speakers, the editors and the agent – were so lovely and funny and approachable. Talking with them as well as the other writers I had met at previous events, I felt like “one of the gang.” There was no stress – just fun.
Best of all, I got some much-needed affirmation from industry professionals that my primary manuscript is ready for submission. One of the editors made positive remarks during the “first pages” session (They read the first page writers’ stories and give quick reactions. There are no names on the pages, so it is anonymous). I pitched to the agent, and she asked me to submit to her. An author I have a huge amount of respect for loved my story, gave me two very specific ideas for making final improvements, and otherwise gave me nothing but support and encouragement. The wheels on the truck barely touched the road on the drive home.
So, I am grateful for this writing and publishing community and for the chance to live the dream.
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