Children's publishing is a long waiting game. I was tempted to go the self-published route, but I am so glad I took the traditional publishing way. Not only has Penguin done so much for me by submitting my book for reviews (raves in SLJ, Booklist and Children's Book Council), they have distributed it nationwide. One of the thrilling events for me this year was selling my book at the Summer Conference PAL event, something I could not have done if I had published my book myself. It was so satisfying and fun to be congratulated by all the authors and illustrators who have been with me on this journey for many years.
Here's a picture of me signing in the tent!