On Friday I was delighted when the school library officer at my dayjob showed me her newly-arrived copy of Toppling. Yes, of course I’ve seen my book-baby before, and love it – but this is the first copy I’ve seen with the gorgeous bronze sticker which says it is a shortlisted book in the CBCA Children’s Book of the Year Awards. I was so excited I had to snap a photo just to prove it was real and to show my family, my friends, complete strangers – and you.
2. Exposure. As an author, I am well aware of the name to make a name for myself. It sells books in stores, and manuscripts to publishers. Being on a shortlist means more people get to know my name – and my books.