Thursday, April 02, 2009

CPSIA Rally Update Coming - I'm Whupped

I'd like to thank everyone who left words of encouragement for me over the last couple of days; your good wishes are much appreciated, and I hope I did well by all of you. My plan had been to get everyone updated this evening, but I'm going to have to ask for your patience until tomorrow. 

Yesterday was a LONG day for me and my daughter. We got up at 3:30 a.m. to drive to DC and didn't get home until 10:30 last night - and then because I was speaking at a literacy organization midday today,  I had to get up early and spend the morning preparing for that and the afternoon catching up a bit on various things. I'm so tired now I'm heading to bed with a good book.

Publishers' Weekly interviewed me last night about the rally as I was getting ready to head home, and though I'm sorry they couldn't use most of what I told them, the article is excellent coverage - and more than a little worrisome for new books too. You can read the article here.

I was/am a bit disheartened about what my senators' staffers told me about the likelihood of the CPSIA being amended - but it does sound like other rally people felt more hopeful after meeting with their congressmen, so overall that's encouraging. And the staffers I spoke with were not only polite and listened, I think they are genuinely willing to learn more. Please everyone, don't let up now - keep working to get this law changed, sooner rather than later.

Okay, more tomorrow.

3 comments:

forHealth said...
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Esther said...

Thank you for being the only representative of the publishing and library communities to speak. Your speech was right on target and powe

Julie Stiegemeyer said...

Thank you, Carol, for being the voice of children's authors and the publishing industry. I LOVE vintage books, and this legislation seems so unnecessary. It's important to promote laws that defend the defenseless, but this one seems to take that to the extreme in a negative way. So thank you for being a voice of reason.