As We Say in Texas –Yeehaw! I won!

Howdy, y’all!

It’s been an amazing month. First, a trip to Scotland, England, and Canada (check out the photos on Dave’s photoblog as he posts them). In Toronto, we climbed the CN Tower, the world’s tallest… and then I came home to even dizzier heights.
Fame, glory, prestige… well, okay. Maybe not so much of that. I did win the Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Contest with my Middle Grade (that means older elementary level) manuscript, Raymond Mahaney, Soccer Failure.

Very exciting, heady stuff. I got to wear a little “Winner” name tag, receive a certificate where (strangely) they spelled my name right, but Raymond’s name wrong, and –best of all — I met with a whole BUNCH of agents who asked for my full manuscript.

Wicked cool, eh? (Sorry, I loved Canada.) I also got another nibble from an editor on a new picture book manuscript. (I’ll let you know!) Plus, I met an amazing number of soon-to-be-famous authors, and a few already-famous ones, and got their cards. If you’re reading this, you know who you are… and I can’t wait to buy your books! (Be prepared to blurb mine;-)

The one thing about all of these writers that was utterly consistent was their phenomenal supportiveness of other writers. It was a total lovefest.

Other great news: My friend Shelli Cornelison has a humorous article coming out in July’s ParentWise:Austin. Check it out and be ready to laugh! Will our kids ever forgive us for exposing their childhood traumas so publicly? Do we care?

Also, my sugar daddy has a photography exhibition coming up, hosted by Alpha and Omega Fine Arts Photography Gallery, beginning July 2. Yay, Dave!

I have to go polish up my query letters and make sure my manuscript has the right sized margins. Never mind the piles of dog hair in the living room that now resemble small floor pillows. I mean, the housework can wait! I’ve got fun work to do!

Posted in Children's Fiction, Essays, Family News, People I Love on 06/28/2009 10:07 pm


  1. YAYAYAYAYYAYAY!!!! I’m so happy for you! And honestly, deep down I knew you would WIN! Wahooo! Congrats! You deserve every bit of praise you get!


  2. Jane Kovacs



  3. shelli cornelison

    Congrats again, Nikki. I absolutely cannot wait to have lunch and hear all of the details! So happy for you!
    Thanks for the mention of my article, too.


  4. Congrats on the win! I can’t wait to hear you’ve scored an agent, too. ; )


  5. Hey fellow Austinite! Congrats on your win! That is huge! And amazing! And just way cool is all possible ways!
    Do you go to SCBWI meetings? If so, let’s say hi next time for sure.


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