Thank you, Lisa, for being the first to submit your Hello story! Each time I read it, it feels like a warm fuzzy! (Yes, going retro on you, but it fits!)
Stay tuned for our next Hello and the story behind the story!
--Isabel Estrada O’Hagin, SCBWI-MI Outreach Coordinator
It Started with Hello
Back in the summer of 1997--when dinosaurs roamed the earth--I went online. The first thing I did was look for My People. Typing the words 'children's writers' into the search engine brought forth a beautiful yellow message board (Anyone remember those?) for children's authors and illustrators. I started reading and fell down the rabbit hole. I was closer than ever to finding My People.
A week later, a message on the board said something like: If you live in SE Michigan you are invited to the SCBWI Schmooze!
I wrote to the poster immediately.
What's a schmooze?
Can I come if I haven't sold a book yet?
The answers came back swiftly and that Sunday, I drove to the house of our very own Kathie Allen in Beverly Hills, MI. I walked in the door and knew, without a doubt, I had found them--My People!
We all spoke the same language--children's books! Everyone was so kind and helpful. Rhonda Gowler Green gave a talk where she shared her first two books. I appreciated learning that it takes time and that I was on the right track.
So to all of you newbies who are reading this, "Hello! Come on in and meet Your People!"
Submitted by Lisa Wheeler
Facebook: Lisa Wheeler Children's Books