Due to the extravagant generosity of my wonderful family and friends, I am off today to the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Conference in New York City. I'm attending with my amazing artist friend, Lois Rosio Sprague, a talented children's book illustrator (see her incredible work here ).
Besides the fun of a week in the city (my old stomping grounds), we'll be soaking up all kinds of information critical to writers and illustrators in the current market. I'll take workshops on writing fantasy, writing for teens, and marketing. Once I get back, I'll post my impressions of the conference.
If you happen to write for children (picture books, middle grade, or young adults), it's worth your time to check out the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators . They have two national conferences and many regional conferences throughout the world. I'm a new member, and I keep discovering more great reasons to be a part of it. Check it out.