A cold and snowy but encouraging day! Lou Waryncia liked my roadrunner piece "One Tough Bird" and gave me the e-mail of one of his editors at Cobblestone, and told me to mention his name. He was excited when I told him I had access to photos of Zia pueblo dances, taken by a photographer who got permission from the pueblo governor. He said they've been covering regions of the US and saved the southwest for last because it was so hard to get photos of Native Americans! He said to e-mail the editor of Faces magazine right away and show her what I have.
Rachel Bucholz from Nat Geo Kids handed out a collection of actual query letters, and had us figure out why they wouldn't work for her. Rich Wallace had us think about something I never had--about the amount of time the story would cover, whether a day, a week, a month, as a way to help plot our story. He read aloud one of his favorite books (and mine, too)--Mike Mulligan and the Steam Shovel. Paula Morrow had a slide show and gave us each a copy of Magazine Markets for Children's Writers 2012!
Michelle Budzilowitz and Christine Cully from Highlights came to dinner and gave me hugs and were so kind. Michelle and I laughed about how hot and miserable we were at Chautauqua. Christine said she looks forward to signing more contracts for me. Me, too! The clouds cleared, the full moon rose orange, and my favorite constellation Orion was high in the sky. What a great day!