June 10, 2008

SCBWI-NJ Conference

I attended the New Jersey SCWI conference this past weekend. The coordinators do a fabulous job. About 20 editors and agents representing top houses/agencies provide manuscript critiques/market information/Q & A. Most of the publishing houses are closed to manuscript submissions, but these conferences allow a writer the opportunity to submit. That's worth the price of admission right there! Any serious children's writer knows it's almost impossible to submit to top houses without an agent. And it's extremely difficult to get an agent without a published book! It's a chicken vs. egg theory. I always feel inspired after attending any of the SCBWI conferences - wherever I am in my writing career. If an aspiring author, it's a great way to learn the market and gain insight. Now I attend with the intention of sopping up the valuable experience of established writers and editors. Check out the link of the NJ chapter and the editors/agents that attended. www.newjerseyscbwi.com

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