But eventually I need a break from loserdom and check facebook … and nearly topple off my perch. Egad, it’s today!
The day that has every YA and children’s writer and illustrator in this country on tenderhooks, stabbing at the refresh button, waiting for the announcement of this year’s Shortlisted and Notable Books on the CBCA website.
Well, every YA and children’s writer and illustrator, that is, except me. Because after two nail-biting Aprils in a row, I don’t have a book in the running this year. And funnily enough, it’s a bit of a relief.
I can scour the list with wild abandon and leap with joy when I see favourite books pop up in the shortlists. (Yes, Michael Gerard Bauer, Bill Condon and Katherine Battersby, I’m talking about yours ).
You can check out the full list here. Congratulations to all those who made it, and commiserations to those that didn’t – anyone who manages to get a book written and published in this country deserves a medal and a hug. You’re all winners in my book.
If I don’t speak to you before, Happy Easter to you all.