Friday, February 16, 2007
the new york city report: part one—the SCBWI conference
“Writers are very private people, who run around naked in public.”—Katherine Paterson
Though it is impossible to condense last weekend into just two weblogs, this is where I’m going to try.
As I look over my notes, at everything we covered, I can’t believe it was just a day-and-a-half conference! We heard from Susan Cooper (The Dark Is Rising), Ann Brashares (The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Jane Yolen (children’s writer extraordinaire), Brian Selznick (The Invention of Hugo Cabret, which looks stunning), and Katherine Paterson (Bridge to Terabithia). We listened to a panel (with the book buyers for Borders, Barnes&Noble, and others) on what sells, and I attended two smaller sessions with editors from Random House and Little, Brown. There was an art display (because illustrators attended, after all!), book signings, award presentations, a publishers’ exposition…