Next year, I'm looking forward to the experience of seeing my work in bookstores.
Winning the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship this year was my "big break" that set off a very positive chain of events, such as signing with an agency, attending the SCBWI Conference, and working with publishers. And the crazy thing is, I almost didn't apply for the scholarship. As I wrote on this blog:
When I applied, I remember telling my husband, "yeah, there's no way I'm going to win this." "Then why are you applying?" he asked. I said something like, "I dunno, I guess it's just good to put myself out there as much as possible. And it's free to apply, so."Looking back, I shudder to think of what I could have missed out on had I just let that application deadline slip by. Yikes.
So the thing I learned this year is: enter the contest!
Whatever it is you hesitate to do - a contest you're intimidated to enter, a publisher you're afraid to contact, a magazine you're worried will reject you - do it anyway.
Happy New Year, everybody!