What did I win, you ask?
-The 2010 Children's Writer's & Illustrator's Market.
-A beautiful picture book biography The Secret World of Walter Anderson written by Hester Bass (who was so sweet and came up to me afterward to congratulate me and signed it for me).
-A basket full of candy that I gave away because I couldn't fit in my carryon for the plane ride home, but I did grab the pack of gum, and it came in handy on the first flight which was a little stinky.
-a detailed critique from the judging editor.
-AND...drum roll please...an invitation to submit my manuscript
So said manuscript is getting polished up all squeaky clean with the judging editor's revision ideas (which were spot-on and resonated with me immediately). And I'm trying to remain as calm and non-spasmodic as possible. Which is
And the neat thing is that, even apart from the win, it was just such an amazing conference. Everyone was so friendly and encouraging. It was a bit mind-boggling to be surrounded by all these talented writers and illustrators who were happy to share their expertise and knowledge. Final judgement: a wonderful weekend.
Also also...when I got home, Hubbykins had the house all clean and sparkly. I heart my Hubbykins.