Let me preface this by saying I am not a Jersey girl. Heck, I’m not really a New Yorker.
But last weekend I attended my third NJSCBWI conference, and it was fantastic! As always. Leeza Hernandez and the many folks that help organize it do a wonderful job. Kudos, applause, and high fives to them!
Just how good was it? Well, attendees came from as near as Princeton and as far as Florida – even South Africa. Workshops, networking, critiques both professional and peer – NJSCBWI’s conference has it all. Plus a lovely atmosphere of collegiality, support, and talent.
My favorite part? (You mean aside from some very encouraging words from two agents and an editor? 😉 )
That would have to be watching Floyd Cooper, illustrator extraordinaire, create a portrait from a canvas washed with paint and an eraser. Yes, an eraser. He created shapes, form, shading and tones all by ERASING. Now that’s amazing!
I also loved Tracey Baptiste‘s and Marie Lamba‘s workshop on the author-agent relationship and Julie Hedlund‘s session on crowd funding. Not to mention meeting several new friends and reconnecting with old ones! (Meeting online buddies in person is the best. Yes, I’m talking about you, Erika, Jersey Farm Scribe.
So I’m back in my seat, making some changes to this blog, and setting some new goals.
1) Create a better web presence. Looks like now is a good time to join the real world and hop on Twitter. (Advice welcomed.)
2) Polish up my manuscript and send it out to the lovely ladies who requested it. Yay!
3) Get my rear in high gear and get to work on book #2. Plenty of ideas have been well, fermenting? digesting? percolating? – time to get cracking.