Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Conference Prepping: Almost Too Busy to Post Today...

This weekend, right here in the Nati, we're putting on the first ever Writer's Digest University: Editors' Intensive. It was sort of an experiment, like nothing we'd tried before, so we were happy that is completely sold out in 3 days.

So this week we're all knee-deep in the last minute conference prep--finalizing the lineup, making handouts, and going over last-minute manuscripts for Sunday critiquing--seven WD editors will be spending all day doing half-hour appointments with writers to talk about their work, give our suggestions for making it stronger, and even recommend some markets.

I have 11 appointments. It's going to be along day for me--it's can be exhausting being 'on' for that long. Some half-hour appointments fly by, some feel like an eternity. I never know what to expect from the writers I'll meet. Although this can be draining, it's also a bit exhilarating. The more I go through the manuscripts, the more excited I am about discussing them. I hope the writers are excited too.

I'm headed home now with a new stack. Son will be sent to play with trains. I will read. I'll let you all know how it goes.


Vodka Mom said...

That sounds incredible. What conference would you recommend to someone like me? I have written several children's books for ages 4-8. Any suggestions would be VERY beneficial.

SCBWI said...

Any SCBWI event! Check their events calendar at scbwi.org. They have a big NY event in early Feb, but have regional events throughout the year.