What Jennifer and Emilie learned:
- Cynthia Leitich Smith is an entertaining speaker and that we should figure out what writing process works for us but allow it to change as needed.
- Jennifer learned that she needs to finally breakdown and set up a twitter page for Damsels (and a facebook page)—STAY TUNED!
- Emilie learned that there are a lot of grants, awards and residency opportunities for writers and Kim Ablon Whitney was sweet enough to compile a spread sheet for our convenience.
- Buffet lunches aren’t always bad…however they are not conducive to LARGE conferences.
- Allyn Johnston says that the mother of all page turns in a picture book is from page spread 30-31 on to page 32. She also says don’t send her manuscripts until two months after the conference cause she doesn’t want to get them before the conference is even over, which the Damsels think is sound advice.
- Final workshop of the day was an agent panel, where at this point Jennifer and Emilie were exhausted, but Jennifer liked Sarah Davis and Emilie fell in love with her British accent.
- Last workshop is over but the day is not done for Jennifer. She still had her Editor’s critique with Caroline Abbey from Bloomsbury…it went very well.
And so ends day 1…
- Today Jennifer and Emilie pretended to be nonfiction authors and attended three workshops on writing books and articles for the nonfiction market.
- We learned that sometimes these two antisocial writers need time away from the crowds to hide in their car after lunch and rest.
- We also learned that the afternoon of the second day of a conference is very long.