I feel myself getting a little choked up about the news that editor Kathy Dawson will be getting her own imprint at Penguin Young Readers. She acquired my first book, My Life Among the Aliens, for G.P. Putnam's Sons when she was a very young editor, and I had had only two short stories published. She edited my first five and three-quarters books. (She left Putnam before Happy Kid! was published.)
At my house, we talked about my work at the dinner table. Butch and Spike came close to being real people to us, and I recall one of my sons snatching one of Kathy's editorial letters out of my hand so he could see what she had to say about them. There was a period when all the Gauthiers knew who "Kathy" was, even though my older son and I were the only family members who met her. He was in high school and after we were on our way home he commented on how young she looked.
I'll be sending some e-mails tonight to spread this good news.