I had the loveliest weekend after receiving a Friday afternoon call from SCBWI National. Out of the giant pool of applicants, consisting of mega-talented authors I admire, I won the 2015 Book Launch Award with STEP RIGHT UP: HOW DOC AND JIM TAUGHT THE WORLD ABOUT KINDNESS, forthcoming from Lee and Low in 2016. Wowzer!
I am honored, especially because SCBWI, through conferences, online resources, workshops, quality speakers, and an overall awesome and generous membership, has been on this long journey toward publication with me. They have been an invaluable part of my education as a writer. For years, I have been a volunteer with my local chapter, further cementing the organization as part of my family. This recognition is sweet indeed.
These award funds will be immensely helpful as we launch STEP RIGHT UP into the world.