Recap – 2018

I don’t usually do a recap of the previous year in my writing life, but this year was an exception. So many great things happened; most of it had to do with the Silver Birch Nomination for my middle grade novel Cammie Takes Flight.

I really can’t begin to express what this nomination meant to me AND to Cammie. Knowing that so many kids would be reading your book is a dream come true for any author.

When word of the nomination came in October of the previous year I knew I was in for an interesting year. I’d heard stories about the Festival of Trees held in Toronto each year at Harbourfront Centre, and while I never dreamed I’d ever be so fortunate to get such a nomination, I knew one way or another I’d be going to that festival.

I was SO grateful to my publisher, Nimbus, for making the arrangements for me to go.

As many of you already know I’m not the travelling kind. This was going to be my first time flying, add to that, the fact that I come from a tiny place of about 200 full-time people. Well…I’m sure you get the picture.

But I had plenty of help getting me there. Truth be told, I couldn’t have done it without them. As soon as the nomination was announced I had offers of help from other authors who had previously gone through the experience. (It’s always helpful to have some idea of what to expect ahead of time.) Then there was Hubby, who swore he’d never fly, but he got on that plane with me and off we went.

We stayed much of our time with one of my oldest friends and her husband, and she was certainly a God send. Were it not for her we might be roaming the streets of TO (See how I’ve picked up the lingo?) to this day. I was about as pampered as any one author could be! She picked us up at the airport, took us out sight-seeing, drove us into Toronto for the reception and festival, then out to Oshawa for another event. Can’t imagine having done all that without her, plus it was really great catching up on old times. I’m so glad that I was able to share the experience with her. Thanks again, Darlene!
So, a few other things happened this year as well.

First this… (I already mentioned it in an earlier post.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And then this….

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m most excited about the second contract as it’s for my first adult novel and is due to be published in spring 2020! The second book, for children, is due in the fall of 2020. It should be a busy year. I’ll be sure to keep you up to date with the progress of these as it comes along–such as covers, blurbs, etc.

As for the rest of 2018, I’ll be trying to squeeze in some writing time before Christmas. It’s not always an easy thing to do. I’ve a few stories I’m working on and I’m hopeful that I’ll make good progress this winter. And who knows, 2018 isn’t over yet. Perhaps there will be more news before it’s over.

I can always hope…..

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  1. syr ruus

     /  December 11, 2018

    Greatly looking forward to your TWO launches, and even more to reading the new books. Huge congratulations, Laura Best.

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  2. You have had a fabulous year and it looks like a busy one ahead. Looking forward to reading your two new books soon. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year my friend. xo

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  3. That’s awesome news! Congratulations, Laura. I have been doing so much writing lately, I haven’t had time to read your latest book, but it is on my to read list.

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    • Thanks, Diane. I’ll be so glad to get back into the writing groove after Christmas. Such a busy time. I hope you enjoy Cammie when you get time to read.

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  4. Phyllis Crowe

     /  December 11, 2018

    Every bit of it is totally deserved. Well done! We’re all excited for you. xo

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  5. Love hearing all your wonderful news, Laura, and congratulations on the contracts. (I’ve seen that TO photo before and had a chuckle at the two ‘small town’ gals — one looking around and the other taking a photo of the crowd.) 🙂

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    • Thanks, Carol. yeah, Shari and I were something else, that’s for sure!! Actually meeting Shari was a real highlight for me. Felt as if I’ve known her a long time. And how exciting for her with yet another Silver Birch Award. It’s SO well deserved. Shari is just awesome!!

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  6. Linda Pineo

     /  December 15, 2018

    Sounds like you had a great year. As always, I am looking forward to your next two books, they always have some of that country flavour that I love.

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    • Thanks, Linda! And I got a copy of your book and am looking forward to diving into it in the New Year. I think your Aunt Beulah was quite tickled! 😀

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  7. I love when great things happen for good people. 🙂

    And I look forward to your first adult novel. Best wishes!

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    • Thanks so much, Leah. I’m always so pleased to see a comment from you on my blog, and so nice to know you’re still out there checking in on me. I hope all is going well for you, and that you’re continuing to write.

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  8. Darlene Radu

     /  May 15, 2019

    Laura, it really is a small world. I was talking with one of my coworkers and her son lives to read. When I mentioned the Silver Birch Awards, she knew all about it. She looked up your name and went online library and downloaded Cammie for her to read with her son.

    I can’t wait for you to come for another visit. It is hard to believe that it was a year ago that you were here in Ontario.

    Talk soon,
    Darlene

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    • It is always great to hear about kids who love reading. Thanks for sharing that and thanks for finding a new reader for Cammie! I appreciate it.

      I’ve been thinking about you this week and our time in Toronto. A year did go by fast. Not sure when we’ll make it back to Ontario but you just never know.

      Thanks for visiting my blog and for commenting.

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