Inspiring & Informative Quotes:
- Don't just write what you know. Write what obsesses you. - Meg Worlitzer
- Picture books are art that make you feel more than you understand. - Adam Rex
- Shout your good news and allow others to celebrate with you. - Agents' Panel
- Remember who you are. This business has many opportunities for rejection. - Stacey Lee
- Success can be other things than just writing. - Lori Nichols
- Do what you love and the work will find you. - Dan Santat.
- Don't talk about it. Be about it. - Varian Johnson
- Supporting characters are like our life-- we can't get through it (or the ms) without them. - Brandy Colbert
- It might look like a long shot but you'll never know unless you keep shooting. - Kwame Alexander
- Joy is the soil in which books are grown. - Stephen Fraser
- Telling an agent you have six manuscripts tells her you haven't been able to sell six manuscripts. - Julie Strauss-Gabel
- Read, Write, and be Nice! - Agents' Panel
What I Learned:
- The most important thing I learned is that if you haven't been to an event in seven years, what you need now is very different from what you needed then. I wish I had learned that on the first day instead of at the end of the second, but I'm glad I learned it before it was over. After ten years with SCBWI I realized I no longer need tips on how to write a query or polish those first ten pages, I got that. What I need is how to improve my technique and skill as a writer. I finally understood this and picked more fitting sessions for the writer I am now. Sessions like the standing room only talk by Brandy Colbert, How to Write Compelling Supporting Characters and Narrative Tension: How to Keep Them Up All Night by author pals Stacey Lee and Anna Shinoda.
- I also learned you should always find out if they validate parking so you don't pay $30.00 instead of $12.00. :(
- I learned that even successful authors like Meg Wolizter have people walk up to her and ask, "Have I heard of you?" Her excellent come back is, "In a perfect world, you would have." Love it!!!
- I learned that you should definitely attend all the keynote speeches, agents, editors, and authors panels. It's like an entire semester of writing tips and tricks in only ninety minutes!
- One final thing-- have fun! If there's a party, attend it. If you're sitting next to someone you don't know, say hi. Children's writers are very friendly.
|Even my phone case sparkled.|
I could go on and on about the conference, but, as they say, a picture is worth one thousand words, so here are a few pictures. Some from me and some from my writing partner Mara Bushansky.
|Kite Tales lunch. DELICIOUS!!!|
|Ready to Sparkle at the|
Sparkle & Shine Party.
|Brandy and me.|
|Sparkling with new & old friends.|
|Andrea showing off her sparkle|
How do you keep growing as a writer? Reading? Workshops? Graduate courses? Do you like partying with writers? Have you ever paid too much for parking?
P.S. I'm featured on the A to Z Blog for Themes That Rocked the A to Z Challenge. **squeal!!** You can check it out here.