Sure have made it to New England for the SCBWI New England 2015 Spring Conference (I don’t call this weather spring but they sure do!) And after 23 hours of mostly airborne travel, and then an hour landborne travel I made it to Springfield here in Massachusetts. I have learnt that it is important to specify states as well. What a thrill it is to be here and as a kenote speaker too. Marilyn and Margo (the regional Co-RAs) have been trying to get me here for quite a few years and I am so glad that it finally worked out!
Dan Santat and Kwame Alexander are also on the roll call for Keynote speakers and it has been absolutely delightful catching up with these stellar gentleman again – and of course hearing their words.
Steve Mooser is also attending (yeah) and along with Jane Yolen (more yeah) opened the gathering on Friday night. The portfolio showcase with more amazing art and a session called Pitchapalooza with THE BOOK DOCTORS and agents Emma Ledbetter, Jennifer Laughran, and Linda Camacho. This was a great way for attendees to develop their pitching skills. Pitchapalooza is American Idol for books (only kinder and gentler). Twenty writers selected at random pitched their book in only one minute—they were gonged off (every so kindly if they went over the time)! The panel critiqued the pitch with the winner getting an introduction to agent or publisher.
Saturday for me was participation in the publishing panel discuss publishing options that lie outside the traditional path and and the benefits of choosing a path of entrepreneurship. Lotsafun! Saturday was also listening to Dan and Kwame deliver their keynotes – awesome! And an afternoon workshop delivered by me on the digital space.
More on the Carolinas later but Pam Vaughan (official photographer for the New England conference last weekend) has just sent me oodles and poodles of photos … so if you don’t want to see piccies of me in action – then look away now! There are photos of me with friends, of me panelling, photos […]