The sessions I attended at the conference were definitely worthwhile. Just a few highlights:
*Karen Burns had good information in her session, Building a Platform from Nothing. She emphasized starting now, and recommended Christina Katz's book, GET KNOWN BEFORE THE BOOK DEAL. I'm going to buy that ASAP!
*The Dream Team: How an Author, Agent, and Editor Work Together was one of my favorite sessions, and not just because my mentor and buddy Sheila Roberts was involved. I promise--it was just that good. Sheila, Paige Wheeler (Folio Literary Management), and Rose Hilliard (St. Martin's Press) did a fabulous job explaining their roles and responsibilities. One thing Sheila talked about was how important it is to appreciate and thank the people who work so hard for you. I know she truly appreciates Paige and Rose because she tells us all the time ("us" being my critique group). They really are a dream team.
*George Shannon, another good friend, moderated a panel on children's books. It was called State of the Art - State of the Biz. Deb Caletti, Kevan Atteberry, Suzanne Williams, and agent Minju Chang (BookStop Literary Agency) were on the panel. Great quotes came out of these folks. One worth noting: Kevan Atteberry said, "You can have professional jealousy, but I have professional envy." Wow. I really liked that and agreed; there is, after all, a huge difference. Each panelist contributed in a very cool way, and George, who is so knowledgeable and fun, was an insightful moderator.
Joseph Finder spoke at Friday night's dinner. If you can ever hear him speak, do so. He's awesome. So funny, so bold.
Speaking of bold... Look at this photo of George and Sheila!
We think it looks like the cover of a romance novel. George and I tried to come up with book titles to match the pose. (We find ourselves incredibly amusing.)
Here's a pic of George and me.
Even though I don't have a book coming out yet, I'm thinking about the people who help me on a regular basis. Dang, starting with the people I've mentioned in the last two posts: Sheila, George, Martha, hubby... It takes a whole village to raise an author, I swear.