Friday, October 22, 2010

A Shout-Out for a Friend

Eleven years ago Fran Davis, the regional advisor for SCBWI-Carolinas, suggested that I coordinate a writing conference with Linda Phillips. I had never met Linda, but Fran assured me that we would work together well.

Her words were true and our working relationship grew into a deep friendship as we both journeyed on the path towards publication. Along the way we honestly critiqued each other's work, prayed for each other's family, and walked many miles around our Charlotte neighborhoods.

Now, Linda has taken a big step forward and is signing with an agent, Julia Kenny at Markson Thoma Literary Agency, who loved Linda's young adult novel-in-verse, Crazy.

I hope you'll take a minute to read about Linda's journey. Hard work and excellent writing has paid off, and I couldn't be happier for anyone.


4 comments:

lindavigenphillipsblog said...

Carol,

Thanks so much for the kind words. I am humbled and also reminded what a blessing it is, in life and in the writing world, to find someone who supports you and your work with a critical eye, not afraid to speak the truth in love.

Blessings,

Linda

CL said...

It is exciting to know-- it can happen! thanks for posting about your friendship.

Joyce Moyer Hostetter said...

So very awesome!

Glad you are part of Linda's journey and she, of yours.

Carol Baldwin said...

Thanks, Joyce and Constance. I know that some of Linda's glow has rubbed off on me. And I couldn't wait to share her news!