I said Yes.
Sounds like a wedding proposal response doesn’t it? Heather Kelly and I joked about the similarities of organizing the 2015 New England SCBWI conference with organizing a wedding. Lots of people, lots of food, and lots of planning.
Kwame Alexander graced us with his presence this year and we were thrilled to learn he had won the Newbery for The Crossover. He is a wonderful speaker and his theme “The Answer is Always YES” struck a chord with me as well as a number of attendees (and keynoters!).
I believe strongly in the power of saying YES to opportunities. I had very little clue of what I was getting myself into when I said YES to co-chairing a regional SCBWI conference. I enjoy saying yes and taking on new challenges because it’s within those challenges we find opportunity.
Two years ago I said YES to self-publishing my novel. After much research I jumped in with both feet and said YES and my creative self could not be happier. Saying YES to the conference co-chair position gave me an opportunity to let other authors know about the possibilities of indie publishing and it let me meet a number of wonderful people this year.
I want to thank everyone who participated and helped to make the 2015 conference such a success. Every volunteer who donated their time, great and small. Every faculty member who created and presented such wonderful content for their workshops. The hotel for accommodating all 650 of us for the 3 days. The keynoters who inspired us. And best of all, to all the attendees who came to the conference to help make this community what it is. My gratitude goes out to all of you!
I am so very glad I said YES!