(l to r) Emma Dryden, Maria van Lieshout, Jim Averbeck, Yuyi Morales, Lynn Hazen, Gianna Marino
I just found out that I sold 2 books to Namrata Tripathi of Atheneum, an imprint of Simon and Schuster. What joy!
At Christmas time each year, my critique group, The Revisionaries, sets aside our ongoing work and does a writing assignment based on some theme or another. This year's theme was "baby book" which meant it could be a book about babies, or for babies, or a baby-sized book, or a book about something that was like a baby-like etc.
The book I ended up with is called "Except If."
It is also a Revisionary tradition to toast the sale of a book with champagne. We were so lucky this year that Emma Dryden, publisher at S&S who oversees Atheneum and McElderry, was in town for a conference, so we got to toast with her.