Friday Ramble: Road Trip to NESCBWI Conference!

For those of you who are waiting to hear who won the Flash Fiction contest, the winners will be posted next Wednesday, May 8th.

But for today: TGIF!

nescbwi13-logo-HI’m heading up to Springfield, Massachusetts this weekend, to participate in the New England SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) Conference. First of all, I’m really excited to be meeting some folks I’ve been chatting with on Twitter. I hope they know that I won’t be able to keep anyone’s name straight or attach those names in any coherent way to their faces and/or the faces they’ve shown me on their Twitter profiles. Just saying. But I’m told there will be some special candy imported from Buffalo, NY coming my way this weekend, so it’s all good.

Secondly, I’m  meeting with folks who have paid actual money for me to critique their query letters. I hope they know they didn’t pay that money for me to be particularly nice. I mean, I’m not a mean person (mostly), but I have been known to be a bit too straightforward on occasion. It’s fascinating to me how many people make the same mistakes. I broke my critiques up into 7 sections: The Introduction/Hook; Synopsis; Biographical Information; Structure of Query; Typos/Grammar/Word Usage; Reviewer Interest; and Additional Comments. I’m trying to be better about saying no to people’s faces, instead of saying, “Oh! Just send it!” For the ones I would pass on I’ve really just typed the no, but will still have to actually say it to them. I must say though that I’m blown away by how brave folks are for putting their work out there. I hate being the publishing dream killjoy, but I refuse to blow smoke up someone’s skirt either. And of course many people did many things right, too.

Lastly, my client, Stacy Mozer, and I are doing a breakout session on Saturday about what it looks like when you’re working on a manuscript with your agent and how your relationship with your agent can impact your manuscript. Stacy’s going to play the author and I’m going to play the agent. Should be fun! We made a fancy shmancy powerpoint and everything.

So, cheerio people! Go write <fill in your own number> pages on your work in progress and have a great weekend! I’m going to!

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9 responses to “Friday Ramble: Road Trip to NESCBWI Conference!

  1. As one who received your query critique, I can tell you I’d always rather have honesty. You gave it to me fair and square, and I appreciate that! Frankly, anyone who can’t take rejection is in the wrong business. Even I know that, and I’m a newbie.

  2. Sounds fun! Hope you’re having a great time.

  3. Susan

    They are lucky to have you. The critiques and session sound awesome.

  4. I like your 7 section query analysis. Good for all queriers to think about. (Perhaps you can go into detail in a future blog post? “Structure of Query” sounds eminently like engineering.)

  5. Emily Cushing

    Dee has told me about this candy. Sounds yummy! And the lucky folks who had you critique their query are also in for a treat. You made mine so much stronger.
    I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

  6. writeforapples

    You’ll know me because I’ll be the one with the candy. 😉 It’s here and it’s safe and sound.

    Can’t wait to meet everyone and attend some great sessions!

  7. Enjoy. SCBWI events are some of my favorites. I look forward to meeting you at the Backspace Conference later this month.

  8. Lesley C

    Have a blast, Linda! Eat extra candy for me 😀

  9. Very excited to present with you this weekend and to get a chance to hang out. See you soon!