The FNC has been busy!
This past weekend, Sara attended the SCBWI Winter Conference while Frankie and I snuck up to NYC Friday night to attend a fabulous book signing and Kidlit Drink Night.*
And though we learned a ton about the industry and navigating the NYC subway system (whee!), the best part was that we met and hung out with amazing people! Like soon-to-be-pubbed authors like Jocelyn Davies (A Beautiful Dark) and K.M. Walton (Everything's Not Lost) and fellow bloggers Lenore, Christina Lee, and The Book Muncher!
(The people in the YA industry are SO. NICE. Like, beyond words.)
If there's one piece of non-writing-related advice we can pass on via this blog, it's NETWORK!** And even if you can't afford conferences, book signings are always free, and they're a perfect opportunity to get to know authors, bloggers, YA readers, and other aspiring writers -- and support the industry!
And it's fun!!!
Evidence of Fun
|Exhibit A: Writer/blogger friends! Christina Lee, Kate Walton, and Frankie|
|Exhibit B: The epically awesome Chuck Sambuchino. (From the Writers Digest Conference.)|
|Exhibit C: Critique partners!|
|Exhibit D: International blogger amigos! Me, Lenore, and Frankie|
|Exhibit E: Writing wifey!|
|Exhibit F: New friends! Weronika Janczuk, me, Frankie, Christina Lee|
And this was just my adventures with Frankie! Meanwhile, Sara rocked SCBWI, where she met epic authors Mo Willems, Sara Zarr, Lois Lowry, and Jane Yolen and all kinds of industry pros. We can't wait for her recap!!!
Links to our new friends!
The Book Muncher
Have you attended any great conferences / book signings / YA events lately? Did you attend SCBWI NYC? Met any awesome people who deserve some love? Leave it in the comments!
* On Kidlit Drink Night: Awesome event hosted by Cheryl Klein and Elizabeth Bird in which everyone who loves children's literature (agents, editors, authors, bloggers, aspiring writers, and anyone they drag along with them) get together for some cocktails in NYC.
** Minor networking aside: If the thought of networking gives you hives, then don't do it! Or start small, and see how you like it. Never forget that your writing sells your work -- no matter how many people you do or don't know. But if you're supremely outgoing like we FNC ladies, then networking is a blast -- you meet interesting people and can even build a supportive community of fellow writers -- and we highly recommend it!