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Monday, March 27, 2006

On Saturday, I went to the SCBWI MD/DE/WV Novel Writing Workshop -- and it was so amazing! I've only ever been to two conferences before (both held by the same chapter of SCBWI), and at both of them I was so nervous I could barely bring myself to speak to anyone! (For instance, I desperately wanted to ask Lara Zeises to sign my copy of Contents Under Pressure, but couldn't even work up the nerve to walk anywhere near her!)

Anyway, this time, not only did I ask Lara to sign my copy of Contents (which she did! because she's fabulous!), I even ended up speaking. Lara was kind enough to ask me to be on a panel of first-time authors, so I ended up speaking with people like Andrew Auseon, Lauren Barnholdt, Laura Bowers, Janice Repka, and Melissa Wyatt, which was a real honor. We'll skip over the part about what I said, though I am proud to report that I didn't pass out from sheer terror, which I was afraid might happen, as I haven't spoken in public since about 7th grade.

It turned out there were quite a few authors there, and one of them, Liz Gallagher, has a book coming out next year (Dove Of Picasso) that sounds amazing! I also got to hear Nadia Cornier, of Firebrand Literary, give a great talk about what *not* to do when writing query letters, and Andrew Auseon spoke really eloquently about what it's like to be a first-time author.

And, as a bonus, I didn't even get lost on the way home! (I did on the way there, but that's another story...)