First, a big thank you to everyone for their support and well wishes on my trip to New York City. Though my flight, and first Uber experiences left something to be desired, the conference itself was amazing. I did not sign a million dollar contract, (bummer) but gained invaluable information on the business of writing and illustrating for children. I also rubbed elbows (quite literally because the place was crowded) with big names in the industry. Surreal.
My first break-out session was to pitch a book idea to two agents in front of about 40 other hopefuls. I am told that Arthur Levine, JK Rowling's editor, was seated in the back of the room. Thankfully, I did not know that at the time. Holy Cow!!! I am awaiting his call. :)
I'm not gonna lie. The trip was scary. Way out of my comfort zone. But in the words of the great Will Smith - "God places the best things in life on the other side of terror." I am so glad I went.
The day before the conference started, I had a few hours to sight-see with my daughter Louisa. (We made it to Times Square together, Baby Girl!) Thank you to my niece, Tara for showing her the rest of the hot spots!
Louisa and I also toured Madame Tussaud's wax museum. For anyone who thought that was the real Jimmy Fallon - sorry. I lied. But someday . . . after Mr. Levine calls. . . . who knows?
So now, it's back to the drawing board. Time to get some more submissions out there, and start my next projects!