Patience, Grasshopper, I answer. As many as it takes.
Yes, I did take some cold medicine. Why do you ask?
So, Friday of NY trip. I was so thrilled to be invited to lunch with V, Agents Extraordinaire Joanna Stampfel-Volpe and Suzie Townsend, and one of Suzie's cool clients. We had mexican food at Dos Caminos, which was YUM. Even better was the conversation, which was almost all books and writing and YA. The waitress asked us at one point to please stop talking about TWILIGHT or she would be forced to buy it. O_o Such kindred spirits!
Some conferency stuff, and then Team Sparkle rested until it was time for KidLit drinks. That was so fun!! I felt so New-Yorkish all dressed up with cosmo in hand. (It was an Irish pub, but I could not resist the call of the cosmo) The place was a bit too crowded to say hi to all the people I wanted to, but I did get to meet SF Agent Jennifer Laughran (literaticat) and fab authors Shana Silver, Jen Hayley, Suzanne Young, and many more!
THEN we decided to take a midnight trip up to the top of the Empire State Building.
My favorite part of telling this story is that every single person, New Yorker or not, says "I didn't know it was open that late!"
Saturday I had complete Picture Fail, but it was a jam-packed full day, the actual SCBWI conference. Highlights:
- I cried--openly--at Libba Bray's keynote speech. It was so what I needed to hear right then.
- The Writing Fantasy breakout with Arianne Lewin, a Disney/Hyperion editor. Intriguing stuff.
- The Literary Fiction breakout with Alvina Ling, who I follow on Twitter. Extremely useful. The book I'm writing now is definitely on the literary/commercial straddle.
- Jacqueline Woodson's inspiring speech, particularly her reading aloud her beautiful writing
- Peter Sis's fascinating life story
- Jim Benton's creative and stimulating talk, illustrated (Happy Bunny!)
And look, they took video! Check it out! http://www.yahighway.com/2010/02/nyc-publishing-tips-movie.html
We finished up the evening with a group dinner with the most excellent crew from the Blueboards.
See? There is so very much to talk about it *requires* many posts. One more to come!