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Yesterday, I took my fifteen year old to the Surrey International Writing Conference. This is a great event. I've never been able to go for more than one day but every time I've gone, it has been memorable. Back in January of 2013, I started this website and blogging and it was after I'd gone to my first SWIC. I'd met an agent interested in signing my picture book. At the time, I knew nothing about publishing.
Now, there are days I still feel like I don't know nearly enough but what I do know is yesterday, I was able to go and feel comfortable, like maybe I belonged. It was interesting to see my daughter connect with Tanya Lloyd Kyi for a blue pencil session because all of those years ago, she gave me a confidence boost before I had a sit down with my first agent.
I'm sixteen books in and none of them are picture books so it definitely shows that the road doesn't always lead where you expect it to. It's hard to remember that every journey is different and accept that if you just follow your own road, you'll end up where you're meant to be.
Going to the conference with my daughter again made me nervous and excited. It's incredibly inspiring to watch her navigate this path but it's also hard. It can be a bumpy road but as I watched her interact with industry professionals and take notes, I realized, she knows more at fifteen than I did the first time I attended the conference.
I didn't know, five years ago, that I'd have a collection of romance novels published, some self, some traditionally. I didn't know I'd be working with my third agent or that publishing wasn't easy. I didn't know it requires a village of people to support you and keep you moving forward. What I did know, was that I loved to write. That hasn't changed. Being there, yesterday, with my oldest, reminded me that no matter where the road leads, we were both there for the same reason. That love of and passion for writing. It's easy to forget that some days. Her enthusiasm helps me remember, her drive pushes me forward, and her attitude inspires me.
I don't know where I'll end up, but I feel pretty lucky to be standing right here, where I am.