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?


Old Kitty said...

Yay for Sheila Robert's book launch!! How exciting and wonderful!! I wish her all the best!!

Also love your equation for a happy Dawn!! More please! :-)

Keep writing!! take care

Angelina C. Hansen said...

I live vicariously through my SCBWI WWA tribe and my Internet tribe. I'm a bit isolated these days, but I'm staying connected and moving forward with my work. Can't say I'm "fired up" but the embers are still aglow. ^_^

Kathi Oram Peterson said...

Sounds like a lot of fun. Love the pics.

Dawn Simon said...

Old Kitty, you are always so fun! I hope you and your kitties are having a nice weekend!

Angelina, we miss you. Keep those embers aglow! They'll reignite!

Thanks, Kathi!

Theresa Milstein said...

Thanks for letting me know that Julie Just is moving to Pippin Properties. So alliterative!

Conferences can be so reenergizing. I'm heading to the NE-SCBWI one this Friday.

Dawn Simon said...

Theresa, funny about the alliteration! Hee! Have an awesome time at the conference!

Barb Davis-Pyles said...

What a terrific April you had! So sorry I was unable to attend the SCBWI-WA conference this year, but next year for sure! As far as inspiration goes -- I am planning an entire summer of "filling the well." By the way, you and I share the same formula for happiness! :)

Medeia Sharif said...

You've been busy with events. Great pics. I'd like to go to more conferences next year.

Dawn Simon said...

Barb, I did miss you at the conference, but I'm glad you'll be there next year! Good for you, filling the well. Enjoy!

Medeia, I've been to fewer conferences this year and last. Luckily, my local one is great. It was so fun to meet you in LA the summer before last!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

It sounds like you've had some wonderful experiences lately.

I love going to conferences...

I finished my novel last month and am beginning to query.

Dawn Simon said...

Congrats on finishing your novel, Sharon! That's huge! Good luck with the querying!