June 5, 2009

NJ SCBWI Conference

Off today to the NJ SCBWI conference in Princeton, NJ. If you aren't attending this year, be sure to note it on your calendar for 2010. The NJ coordinators are a fantastic group of folks who never fail to organize a fantastic conference. The two days are chock-full of workshops ranging from a debut author panel and their first book experiences to agent/editor discussions. I'll be a speaker on the First Book Panel along with three MG/YA authors: Cynthia Chapman-Willis (author of two books: Doggone and Buck Fever), Albert Borris and Cyn Balog. We hope to offer inspiration for attendees, as we recall our experience of how we finally landed a contract. Keynote speakers include Newbery Award winning authors, Richard Peck and EB Lewis. An incredible 25 editors/agents are attending. Houses represented include: HarperCollins, Random House, Dutton, Dial and Highlights Magazine. Be sure to check back on Monday for a recap of this exciting weekend.

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