Whee! I'm going places!
Well, by places, I actually mean that in a virtual sense, like last Sunday's post on Kathy Temean's blog, Writing and Illustrating. Let me back up a bit...
As some of you know, I joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators last year. When you join the organization, you are sorted into a regional chapter for local events and activities. The NJSCBWI holds a highly praised and anticipated conference in the summer, as well as many other activities for its members.
Last week, they held a Kidlit Social at Dubh Linn Square in Cherry Hill, NJ. I invited my fellow YA writer friends, Amy Hollinger and Krista Magrowski to come along and meet the other members in the local area. Many of them write children's books and picture books, with varying experience and publication credits. All of them very friendly and welcoming.
I had the opportunity to sit beside Jody Bilbo Staton, Ferida Wolff, and Erika Wassall. Each provided some lovely insight into writing and their personal experience. There's actually a picture of us in the post, catching me in the midst of talking... Well, at least it's not one of me stuffing my face.
I've always been intrigued by picture books. Writing them has always seemed so daunting to me, given the impact such books can have on the children they are written for. I learned quite a few things about it that night, that I'm actually excited to give it a try. Something out of my comfort zone to play with.
Please do read Ms. Temean's post for a special tip on submissions. Actually, just go ahead and put her blog on your favorite reader. It's full of information on the business and sage advice.