Remember when I told you 2011 would be the year of awesome? I wasn't kidding. Cool things just keep happening. You'll recall that my picture book, Pajama Girl, is the grand prize winner in the first MeeGenius book contest. Still awaiting publication on that, but you'll be sure to hear about it when it's available. I am currently signed up for the next SCBWI-MI spring conference. Last year's spring conference is where I met Jay Asher. This year, I will be attending an intensive workshop with Pete Hautman. (YAY!) SCBWI LA, look out! I'm heading back to the west coast this summer to hobnob with the stars of children's publishing once again. So why do I have this Leap Books badge in the corner? Well, thanks to Children's Authors & Illustrators for Japan | An auction to aid victims of the 2011 Sendai earthquake and tsunami, I have scored myself a 50 page critique with Kat O'Shea, editor in chief of Leap Books!!! Could I be more excited? Doubtful. Well, I could be more excited if she enjoys those 50 pages and asks to see more and then offers me a contract, but I'm happy to take one step at a time. Especially as the revision continues.
Anyway, I thought you might want to check out the current list of titles at Leap Books, and imagine, if you will, a world in which Dream Girl appears on that list. Even if it doesn't, check them out.
Coming up in the near future, an interview with Tamson Weston, editor of Tamson Weston Books.
It's still an awesome year. :)