She published The Borrowers, one of my very favorite childhood books.
She trained the two women who became my agents, and she taught them well, and now I'm the beneficiary of that knowledge and expertise.
She established the imprint that will publish my next book; an imprint that I'm already honored to be associated with; an imprint with the name of a real person still behind it; a name synonymous with the love of literature for literature's sake.
She was a role model for women-- someone who followed her passions and didn't let anyone tell her she couldn't, and as a result was very successful and very influential.
Thank you, Margaret K. McElderry.