Monday, May 18, 2009

SCBWI Western Washington Winner!

Seven hours and 46 minutes after leaving Seattle yesterday, I got home at 1 AM.

It was so far, but so worth it!!!

After a gracious manuscript consultation with an editor, I won the "SCBWI WW Breakout Writer" honor!

Now, I have another manuscript to revise with another editor of another publishing house. And still, no agent. But I'm going to work on that.

Check out Keely Velani, the powerhouse team who wrote and self-published the clever and timely Davey Brown Discovers his Roots:

All best to these girls, as they pitch Davey in New York!

I'm going to be watching Kjersten Anna Hayes. LOVED her! And Kim Baker was fabulous, too.

Delacorte Editor Krista Marino was as sharp as it gets, when it comes to snapping up great books. Her last five acquisitions are exciting, with The Oracles of Delphi Keep and The Witch's Alphabet at the top of my to-buy list.

San Francisco agent Nathan Bransford was way more down-to-earth than I ever would've imagined.

Every editor, agent, author, and volunteer worked really hard to pull off the incredibly smooth weekend.

But for sure, the whole thing would've been a lot less fun without hilarious (and talented) upcoming Razorbill author Suzanne Young:


Christy Raedeke said...

Holy crap man! You won something and haven't called me yet?


Jennie Englund said...

I called you FOUR TIMES on my way home last night!

SO wished you were in WA.

Keely said...

Congratulations, Jennie! I had a good feeling about it the whole time. :-)

Cuppa Jolie said...

Hey, Jennie! So great to meet you at the conference. And, huge congrats on getting one of the breakout honors. Woo-hoo!

Suzanne Young said...

Um... I pretty sure I look CRAZY in this picture!!!!! haha

But you deserved that dang award! Now get that query out!

Jennie Englund said...

Keely, I showed your book to Christy today and we oogled over it together. Can't wait to see where/how it goes. Am reading it to the kids tonight.

Cuppa--I can't believe you found me! Yay! You're so dang cute in person. And the kind of energy that I would die for!

And Suzanne, my new BFF, have you noticed in the picture of us on your blog that all the people sitting behind us are just not quite acting like we are?

Keely Velani said...

"SCBWI WW Breakout Writer" honor!

Wow!!! Congratulations. I am very happy for you.


Robin Mellom said...

Congrats on the award! Woohoo!

Kjersten said...

Yay! Jennie! It was so great to meet you. And Congrats on the breakout honor!

Was that the thing in the end when Joni named off some names and had us stand up? When she read my name off I wanted to jump up and down.

Cool blog by the way, and thanks for putting my name in. I've got to make a post soon...

Jennie Englund said...

Thanks, Keely!

And Robin! (Give Eve a "Hey!" from me.)

And Kjersten (you snazzy little artist, you).