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Friday, February 3, 2012

In the Conference Mood

courtesy of: wiki/New_York_City

I know many of you are still recovering from the New York SCBWI conference last weekend. The writers who I’ve talked to that attended said the conference was both informative and inspirational. Publishers Weekly published an interesting article about the current view of the industry with thoughts from four industry professionals: Nancy Paulsen, Jean Feiwel, Barbara Marcus, and Ruben Pfeffer. See the link below: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-industry-news/article/50487-four-industry-veterans-lay-out-advice-at

In the article written by Diane Roback, panelists were asked to give the audience one piece of advice regarding writing. “Your content should touch the ear, the soul, or the funnybone, however you write it,” Pfeffer said. Marcus advised, “Stick with your network first. Keep getting feedback and keep talking to people. It’s the person that I never expect who gives me the best advice.” Their advice was right on, and I thought worth mentioning in this post.

You can find highlights from the New York SCBWI conference at: http://scbwiconference.blogspot.com/.

If you weren’t able to make it to the conference, don’t fret. Registration is now open for the annual New Jersey SCBWI conference. Kitty and I attended it last year, and we were blown away. It was that awesome. Check out our article from last year. http://www.rt19writers.blogspot.com/2011/06/hot-hot-hot.html.

Regional advisors Kathy Temean and Laurie Wallmark work endless hours with their team of volunteers to put together one of the best conferences on the east coast. Early bird registration is through March 1st. Click here for details: http://www.newjerseyscbwi.com/allevents.shtml. They have 32 editors, agents, and art directors, plus 27 authors doing workshops and critiques. And best of all, our very own Kitty Griffin is on faculty this year. Yipee!

We hope to see you in New Jersey June 8-10th!

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