It’s been a BIG week and a rollercoaster of emotions.

Vaccine booked! Two days before the first yahrzeit (anniversary) of my mother’s death, I will be fully vaccinated against the disease that killed her.

As for writing news, I have a second picture book under contract!

I have also made the decision to go unagented for the time being. After consulting with fellow writers and agents, I believe that this is the best decision for now. Many of the books I would like to launch into the world are Jewish books for Jewish children. I have plans to also expand into mainstream publishing and when I do, I will need to seek representation at that stage. I appreciate the candor of the agents who when I asked, “What can you do for me in this market that I’m not already doing?”, responded, “not much”. Finally making a decision is a great feeling and I’m excited to now have time freed up to focus more on my writing and less on the querying process.