I think all of us authors are always concerned about how our books will be received, but I had special nervousness for Queen of Physics because I was representing Chinese-Americans and also scientists with this book and I wanted people to be receptive.
Aside from a couple of blah to lukewarm reviews, the book received some lovely accolades:
NCTE Orbis Pictus Recommended Book
Booklist starred review
Booklist Top 10 Sci-Tech Books for Youth: 2019
Center for the Study of Multicultural Children’s Literature Best Books of 2019
SLJ Betsy Bird’s 2019 Unique Biographies list
Nerdy Book Club 2019 Nerdies Award: Nonfiction Picture Books list
I want to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU!!! to all those who actually get it and appreciated the difficulty of writing this book.
And my hopes and dreams for 2020? Good health and sanity is at the top of my wishlist, of course, but for writing, I hope that my next picture book, Two Bicycles in Beijing, will be at least as well received as my first. I also hope that my agent will be able to sell my middle grades (one nonfiction and one fiction) for me this coming year. But even more, I hope that she can sell my #OwnVoices picture book story that has been haunting me (in a good way) for a while now. I think about it a lot even when I’m not actively working on it.
What about the dreams? Well, selling any or all of those at auction would be the dream!
What about you? What are you grateful for in 2019 and what are your goals/dreams for 2020? Happy New Year and may your dreams come true!