Congratulations to Austin SCBWI member Shachi Kaushik on signing a deal for her debut picture book, Diwali in My New Home! The book, which will be illustrated by Aishwarya Tandon, features a young girl celebrating Diwali for the first time in her new home in the United States.
“I got my inspiration to write this book from the Round Rock Public Library,” Shachi explains. “Every year the library hosted a Diwali celebration for the children, and I, being the host, loved seeing the smiles on children’s faces. To spread the joy of the holiday even further I decided to write this book. While the news of this book came out, I was looking for a new home, and now that I found one, I am all ready to celebrate Diwali in my home.”
In reflecting on the journey to her book deal, Shachi says, “The process of going through rejections and rewriting can at times be overwhelming but rewarding at the same time, so be persistent with writing. Be patient because it takes time and always surround yourself with books and a community of writers like SCBWI.”
Shachi was represented by literary agent Lynnette Novak at The Seymour Agency. Diwali in My New Home is scheduled for release from Beaming Books in fall, 2022.