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SCBWI Shout Out

With the SCBWI's New York conference just a week away, I thought I'd send an encouraging Wonkytonk holler out to all the attendees -- writers, editors, and agents.

Around this time last year, I was knee-deep in polishing my novel and preparing to read the first 500 words at the conference critiques.  This year, thanks to the SCBWI along with an amazing editor and agent, I'm finishing my second novel and anxiously awaiting cover art for my debut -- THE SWEETHEART OF PROSPER COUNTY --- coming Fall 2009 from Feiwel and Friends. 

In the mornining session of last year's conference, I had the priviledge of reading at a table that included author Kristin O'Donnell Tubb (AUTUMN WINIFRED OLIVER DOES THINGS DIFFERENT/Delacorte) and SCBWI RA Jolie Stekly whose blog I read weekly.  And, of course, I read for Liz Szabla the Editor-In-Chief at Feiwel & Friends who is now my editor.   Just so you all know, no one fell out of their chair in a swoon over my manuscript.  If you're looking for that to happen, I think you'll be disappointed.  They did laugh, however, which was a total relief considering the intro is intended to be funny.  Upon my return to Texas, I had an encouraging e-mail from Liz in which she asked for the full. 

In the afternoon session, I was particularly excited because I got to read for Michael Bourret.  I knew going in that he was Sara Zarr's agent, and I'm an absolute fan of her novel THE STORY OF A GIRL.  Michael is now my agent but please note that he didn't swoon and fall out of his chair either.  Michael does not swoon.  But he did send a follow-up e-mail in which he asked for the full. 

All of this to say, the SCBWI conference critiques worked for me.   By March of 2008, the contracts were signed and I was in full-on revision mode. I'll be back at this year's conference, wouldn't miss it for anything.   I wish you all the very best in your sessions. 

Later in the week I'll be posting a few of the things I did right.  I'll also be sharing a few of the things I, a-hem, would not do again.



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Jan. 22nd, 2009 03:48 am (UTC)
So glad you've started blogging, Jill! I really wish I was going to be in NY this year. I wrote a little post (okay a long one) about the past two intensives over at cuppajolie. Have a great time. Joile
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