Monday, July 28, 2008

What I Learned at the Writing For Charity Conference.

On Saturday July 19th I was able to attend a Writing for Charity Conference at the Salt Lake City Library. It was so good. Shannon Hale introduced a panel of other writers who were there to mentor all the wanna be's and she did a great job with her quick wit and her fun attitude. The best part was that my good friend Ali Cross was there and I got to go to lunch with her and another friend (Jennifer Wilks) from our Authors Incognito group. We met new friends there as well, which is always a bonus at a conference like this one.
Some of the new things that I picked up were:

- When you get in a writing slump - Go back and read amazing writing - give yourself a word buzz.

- Really do your homework - Make your cover letter to a publisher stellar.

- The website can help you find what publishers are publishing and what is out there right now. On this blog, under Links for Children's Writers, you can go directly to cbc books by clicking on Children's Book Council.

- A publisher should be asking himself who will I sell this to, and why will they buy it. You should be asking yourself those questions when you write it.

- Cover all of your bases. Be aggressive. Send your manuscripts all over. Don't necessarily be daunted by the words unsolicited manuscripts only.

- Check the readability level of your manuscript.

- If you are writing a children's picture book, ask yourself "How many times can a parent stand to read this to their child out loud?"

- Look for ly words - they will show you when you are telling and not showing.
ie) Jeff ran out angrily. Change to - Jeff stomped out and slammed the door.

So there you have it. My two cents from the conference. And it even rhymes if you say it right.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for posting! I wanted to go, but wasn't able to, so I've been itching to get my hands on somebody's notes!

Danyelle Ferguson said...

Wow - it sounds like the conference was awesome. I wish I could have attended. Thanks for posting your thoughts!

Mary said...

Thanks for sharing the info from the Charity conference. It is hard to get to a lot of conferences, so I really appreciate your willingness to share. Mary

PS. I'm checking out lookybook next.

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