I’m still breathing in the Pennsylvania fall air. It was truly a magical place to be. My time there grounded me again in my passion of writing for children even more than I’d anticipated.
Because of the intensity of the workshop, I’m just going to cover an hour period of the trip for the purposes of this post. It included our visit to the editorial offices of Highlights for Children magazine and Boyds Mills Press, both dear to my heart as I’ll reveal soon.
I missed taking a photo of the outside, so here’s one I found online of the Highlights exterior:
It was such a treat to tour the source of so many of my earliest treasured stories. As a teacher, my mom somehow acquired a Goofus and Gallant puppet early on in my childhood. My sister and I loved playing with it. Recalling that puppet reminds me just how long my relationship with Highlights has been in motion.
My relationship with Boyds Mills Press, however, stretches back only to 2002, when I received a contract for my first published children’s book, First Salmon. Throughout the process of editing that book, I enjoyed email exchanges with but never met my editor, Larry Rosler. Until this past Thursday:
It was incredible to realize my story came one step closer to becoming a bound book in that very room where I was standing. Touching these sorts of moments is pure gift, I know. I might have gone my whole life without ever seeing the birthplace of my book, but the chance did happen and I’m deeply grateful.
I also will say, without reservation, that the employees of both the magazine and publishing house are class acts!
Thank you, Honesdale, for the thrilling day!
Q4U: When were you last thrilled, and how?