Once upon a time, in a large city a couple of hours away from your home there was a large gathering of people. These were no ordinary people. No. These were writers and illustrators from across the U.S. and from around the globe. Places as far away as Australia were represented as Los Angeles, Colorado, and even Utah! Oh my! Brooklyn had many people represented, as did New York City itself. Smiles, greetings and invitations abound!
Visions of publishing, danced in the attendees heads. Oh, how they all wished for recognition and the magic road to fulfill their own dreams. I want my stories published – shouted many! Others shyly said, I want to illustrate for all!
Many speakers whose own success had shown through brightly spoke about their own path to the magical world of publishing. They all wrote for children which how can you deny – is simply sweet and makes you sigh! Some did revel in the new YA (young adult) and MG (middle grade) fiction that the leaders in publishing can’t seem to get enough of these days.
Soon, there was a break in the day. Much money was needed to warm yourself in your own coat if you dared to venture outside. Then, you had to pay again, to leave your coat closeted correctly. Oh my! After quick nourishment there were even more speakers, and more people to meet and greet. Offers of reviews were offered by some, but not all were willing.
The evening ended with desserts of many! Sugar, cupcakes, torts and sweets welcomed you to dine and drink in the Manhattan ballroom. Mashed potatoes served in a martini glass, Why not! Turkey with gravy to cut with a fork! And, mean old ladies who will not let you leave your coat unaccompanied on the back of a chair were all part of the festivities. So for one and all that dreamed the dream and participated too, may all your writings, drawings, and dreams come true! For the cranky and the selfish who were too afraid to share, well, they say those who don’t learn from their mistakes are destined to repeat – destined to repeat, destined to repeat….
Happily Ever after to all the writing and illustrating alums I met and will meet in the future.