Forgot to mention a little piece of good news I received a couple of months ago. I entered my story, Fabien the Circus Flyer, in SCBWI's Barbara Karlin Picture Book Grant Contest for unpublished authors. And while, unfortunately I didn't win, they did send me a very special Letter of Merit, as the judges "felt my proposal deserved extra recognition for its promise and creativity"! My name was even printed in the SCBWI's monthly magazine, so that was a bit exciting. It's not a huge deal, but sometimes even the smallest victories bring much needed motivation and encouragement.