I often get petrified whenever I have to share new creative work.
A few years ago I had just finished writing a middle-grade fantasy novel.
When I wrote it, I hadn’t painted for fifteen years. I had no idea that I’d now be a full-time artist and entrepreneur.
I had just joined the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and attended their spring conference, where Spiderwick Chronicles author Holly Black was slated to speak.
I was super nervous. I wanted so badly to meet Holly and to have her critique the first chapter of my novel, but I had been assigned to have a critique session with a different published author.
As I waited in a little room for my author to show, I noticed Holly sitting alone across the hall.