Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Conference Recovery

I've been on-line less the last couple of weeks. But for good reason!

Two weekends ago, I co-directed the annual New England SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators). 

It was an amazing experience. We had over 60 people on our faculty—including award winning authors, and amazing editors and agents. 

I met Nova Ren Suma and Sharon Creech.

I sat at dinner with agents Jennifer Laughran, Lauren MacLeod, Brooks Sherman, and Linda Epstein. ALL. AT. THE. SAME. TIME.

I met people in person I’d only known on twitter…friends like Taryn Albright and Trish Leaver and Jonathon Arnston.

But this week I’m cleaning my house, signing the kid up for summer camp, working at the day job, making lists of things that need to get done. And waiting for inspiration to strike, because it will and I'm going to be ready.

If I have one piece of advice this week, it's to go to a conference. Or a retreat. Or a class. Take a workshop. Go to a conference and volunteer. Talk to an agent…even if you don’t have anything to pitch. Just say ‘hi.’ It’s the most amazing experience, you  meet the most amazing people. It might just change your life.

Me with the amazing Nova Ren Suma

1 comment:

  1. I keep telling myself I'll make it to a conference one of these days and I never do. I really need to make it a priority. Glad you had such and amazing experience!