We celebrated their union at our last gathering. Members signed an engagement card, wishing Rob and Rubin a long, prosperous relationship. The table was decorated with a cowboy covering (Random debuts Rob's book, Cowboy Christmas in 2012), matching napkins and M&M cups. One member ordered an inspirational plague and another brought a vase of lilies mixed with a sharpie bouquet (for all those book signings!). Rob accepted his tribute in good-natured humility and offered us more good news. His agent has already submitted Rob's stories to several publishers and one asked him to attempt a series. It's so exciting to witness success and rewarding to know how deserving Rob is. He's worked hard for this moment, attending conferences and workshops to sharpen his skills, networking at every opportunity, and writing story after story after story.
I can't wait to buy Rob's books, especially the ones PB&J read and critiqued. I imagine they'll feel like young relatives . . . not children (that status is reserved for my own work), but nieces and nephews. A fellow PB&Jer said Rob gives us hope. Some of us are published but Rob is the first to sell a children's book and the first to land an agent. And even though I'm the newest member, I sense no one begrudges him that honor.
You can read more about Rob and learn everything you need to know about writing picture books on his blog Picture This!
*Photo courtesy of Maryanne Hamilton