I’m happy to announce that I’ll be presenting a workshop at the Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators’ 39th annual summer conference, which will be held at the Century Hyatt in Los Angeles July 30 through August 2, 2010. My session is “The Ultimate Checklist for Submitting to Editors: 10 Tests a Novel Must Pass to Prove It’s REALLY Ready for Submission to Editors.” Registration for the conference starts April 28th at www.scbwi.org.
If you’re even remotely interested in writing a picture book, chapter book, or novel for middle graders or teens, SCBWI is a must for you, and their conference is an ideal place to start. By way of testimonial, let me share the experience of one budding writer I sent there. This man, a lawyer by day, had begun a novel for ages 10 and up, but no one in his life could figure what to make of that. I ordered him to attend the SCBWI summer conference, and with the first day of the conference barely half over, he called me from the conference floor to announce, “I have found my people.” If you, too, are in search of “your people”, the Century Hyatt July 30-Aug 2 is a great place to start looking.