Thanks, Michelle, for your kind words and for choosing me to be the winner this month! It was a pleasant surprise. (My oldest son really likes the Spotted Bunny, by the way.)
I really admire the artwork from everyone in the group. I see the strengths that each of us has and I have learned from the rest of you. I also appreciate the support and kindness you give to me and to the group. In this business, I don't know about the rest of you, but self-judgment is enough to get me down. Your encouragement is a welcome respite. It definitely makes this blog a fun place to come to!
While I'm writing this post, I thought I might as well ask those of you who've been published: what do you think was key to getting your first paid assignment (and then the others that followed)? Was it something you did with your artwork? Was it chance? promotion? attending conferences and networking? connections? Your advice may or may not help me personally, but I do feel inspired by learning about others' success stories (and that helps me push forward until it'll happen to me).