I'm writing this blog from my sunny balcony on Rottnest Island. I'm overlooking the ocean, the waves are rolling and the air is full of salt and eucalyptus. I'm here for SCBWI WA's annual Rottnest Retreat so not only am I in one of my favourite places in the world, but I can talk about writing all day without boring anyone. Everyone here is as obsessed with children's books as I am. It is heaven.
This is my third SCBWI Rottnest retreat. It's four days of fun, laughter, peace and creativity. I look forward to it every year, but this year has been very special because I won an AWARD!
With my very own name engraved on it *squee*
I'll show it to you in a moment, but first I need to give you some background.
One of the traditions at Rottnest is the 'Two Minute Pitch'.
The idea is we get two minutes each to pitch our story idea to the group, making it sound as enticing as possible.
(This is hands on practise for when we trap some hapless publisher/agent in the queue for the loo and have two minutes to convince them to sign us up).
Whoever gets the first publishing deal for their pitch wins the award.
And guess what? I pitched Darcy Moon in 2010, which means that I won the award in 2012!
Too much happiness!
Here it is. Isn't it pretty? The engraving says,
SCBWI ROTTNEST RETREAT
PITCH AWARD WINNER
Does this mean I get a little gold sticker on my book cover?
Hmmm. Maybe not.
But seriously ...
Thank you everyone at SCBWI WA for being a great group of people
For all the fun and encouragement and support over the years
Getting this award felt like another great big hurrah from my very own personal cheer squad.
You guys rock!
Now race you for the Pitch Award 2011 !!!