Sorry it's taken a couple of days to feed back about my meeting with Hodder. So much has been going on this week, my head is spinning (more later...)!
I saw my editor on Wednesday afternoon and she was very positive about the story. She said she loved the characters and the adventures they get into.
There are many stages to getting a book commissioned and you have to jump through a number of hoops, but I seem to have got through the first one. She needs to show my work to another editor and then, if she likes it too, the story gets taken to what they call an 'acquisitions meeting', where it is given the thumbs up or down. Cross fingers...
One problem is that my story is definitely aimed at the older end of picture book age (5 - 8 rather than 3 - 5) and apparently, at the moment, it is proving a lot easier to get younger books through the acquisitions process. It's all to do with what 'the trade' buy. I don't fully understand it all, but it is an extra hurdle in my way.