My husband and I were thrilled when we discovered that our next book, The Little Mermaid: A Novel, had just been selected for the Best New York Times Book Club Book of the Year, along with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, which we had read on our first night at the convention.
Our excitement was contagious.
And when we finally got to the convention center on Monday, we were surprised to find that our book had been announced as a finalist for the Newbery Medal.
I had the same feeling, so I asked the chairwoman, Jennie Lauer, to let me know.
The Little Meriwether has now won three awards for Best Novel in the USA, the American Booksellers Association has awarded the book its second annual Book of The Year Award, and The New York Review of Books, the literary journal, has hailed it as the “most anticipated novel of 2017.”
But I also wanted to know how it was possible that my husband and the authors of this book were so well-known in the world of children’s literature, and so successful at raising awareness about gender issues, in just two years.
Jennie told me that the book had received the nomination for the National Book Award and won the award for Best Children’s Novel for Best Story of the Century, and that I was welcome to participate in the discussion.
But the moment we walked in the door, we discovered the entire convention hall was empty.
A few attendees had gathered to celebrate the book’s victory, but they were all standing in the hall for the main stage, not in line.
We had arrived in the middle of a convention, and the room was empty except for a few small tables and chairs.
There was no real sense of excitement, of excitement at the nomination, of celebration, as we had hoped.
I was relieved, though I was still a bit overwhelmed by how much of a role this had played in my husband’s success.
Jenni had asked us to sit in the front row to make sure the conversation was well-attended.
She then explained the process of winning the nomination: We have a team of experts who go through the manuscript, which is then reviewed by the editors, and they have a final vote on what they think is best.
If it’s a good story and if we feel it’s really good for children, we’ll recommend it.
If not, they’ll ask if there are any other stories out there that are similar to this story that are not on the National Books List.
The final vote is the same for all the nominees.
And the National Academy of Sciences does its own review, too, and if it’s in their top 100, they go on to select the finalists.
And in our case, the editors were very clear that they thought the story was very well-written and that it was really moving and funny and we would like to read it more often.
In the end, the final vote was unanimous.
We were thrilled that we were selected.
But we knew we were in the midst of a very long process.
In addition to all the nominations, The Book of Little Merawether also received a number of awards, including the Pulitzer Prize, the Pulitzer Medal, the New York Book Award, the National Medal of Arts, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Children’s Literature Writers of America.
We received a second nomination for Best Book, the Young Adult Book Award.
It was a great honor, and we were glad to be recognized for our work.
But I was also disappointed by the fact that I had to wait until the evening before the nomination ceremony to hear the results of our book’s final voting.
We have to wait to be considered for the Pulitzer, the Book of Young Adult, the Childrens Book of Record, and finally, the World Book Award (the prize for books published in more than 150 countries).
The process of reading the books is not that hard.
It’s a very collaborative process, and every member of the book team must vote on their favorite.
So we had to work together to make the decision.
We didn’t have any immediate plans to publish our book.
We knew we had a few more months to prepare, but I was hoping that we could make it happen as quickly as possible.
We planned to begin publishing in the fall, but our manuscript was not finalized until after the convention ended on March 13.
I wanted to have the book ready for the convention as soon as possible, so the next step was to submit the book for publication.
We thought that would be the most straightforward process, but it wasn’t easy.
As we discussed with Jennie, we had no idea how long it would take us to get the book published, or how many reviewers would be on hand.
So when I told Jennie that I couldn’t make the deadline for my book