Saturday, April 27, 2013

April Busy-ness

What a month!

On April 12, I went to the launch party for WHAT SHE WANTS, a new book by my friend Sheila Roberts.

Sheila always has fun games and/or giveaways at her readings. This one was held at The Loft in Poulsbo, Washington. Sheila taught me tons about writing craft back when she mentored me, and I'll forever appreciate her. Plus, she's a crack up!

Here's a picture of author George Shannon and illustrator Julie Paschkis with Margaret Nevinski and me behind them.

Their event for WHO PUT THE COOKIES IN THE COOKIE JAR? was at Eagle Harbor Book Company in Bainbridge Island, Washington, on April 14. There was a big turnout--and there were cookies!

books + friends + cookies = happy Dawn

SCBWI Western Washington's annual conference was in Redmond, Washington, last weekend. It was great! Our Advisory Committee blows me away with this conference every year, and it's always so uplifting to spend time with fellow SCBWI-ers. (You people genuinely feel like my tribe.)

A few conference highlights:
*I took a fabulous Revision Master Class taught by Kendra Levin, a senior editor at Viking Children's Books.
*Agent Julie Just led a session on manuscript openings that I really enjoyed. Note: Ms. Just is moving to Pippin Properties.
*The session on pacing by Robin LaFevers totally rocked. So much concrete information, people! Wow!

I feel refueled and ready to get some butt-in-chair writing done!

How about you? Have you been to any great book events or conferences lately? Whether you have or haven't, how do you stay fired up about writing?