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  • February 28th, 2006 | 7:29 AM
After the conference

I am home again after a wonderful weekend at our regional SCBWI conference at Asilomar. I started off by picking up Samantha McFerrin, Harcourt Children’s Books, and Lin Oliver, co-founder of SCBWI, at the SJ airport. It was a beautiful day for driving. We stopped in Moss Landing and had a yummy lunch at The Whole Enchilada. (Note to self - must go back and try the margaritas. They looked delicious!) The weekend was jam-packed with talks by editors and talented writers and visits with friends, old and new. I had some time to chat, albeit briefly with beachalatte and I can't believe the weekend went by with only a chance hello to cassandra_w (why didn't we get to know one another when you lived here in SJ?) , a hug or two shared with erindealey and a quick stop to check out the stack of books by

cherylklein, Arthur A. Levine Books, used Millicent Min by lisayee as a great example of voice. She won my heart when she said that plot could taught. Thank goodness! Rachel Orr, HarperCollins, struck a chord with us all with her stories of fighting for the right titles and covers for her books. Allyn Johnston, Editor-in-chief at Harcourt, had us (and herself) in hysterics when she talked about her tendency to get perhaps a bit too close to the writers she worked with. If you ever meet her, ask about her early performance reviews. 

As always, the conference food left a lot to be desired but the location and the people made up for it all. 

I come home to find that had beachalatte  blogged some lovely words about my upcoming book. Thanks, Meg!

Edited to add the HOW COULD I FORGET one of the funnest parts of the conference. At the beginning of the conference we get the chance to stand up and tell what books or stories have come out during the year, what we have sold, good reviews, etc. Samantha McFerrin stands up and shares first the starred reviews that Susan Elya's book Bebe Goes Shopping and then she announced to us and to Susan that she wanted to buy Susan's next Bebe book. What a thrill to be able to share in that good news from the start!
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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February 28th, 2006 04:54 pm (UTC)
hello new friend!
Isn't it wonderful to connect with everyone! Your conference sounds wonderful!
February 28th, 2006 08:18 pm (UTC)
Re: hello new friend!
Yes, the face-to-face with people I haven't met yet as well as old friends is probably my favorite part of a conference. I went to ALA a few years ago and the exhibits were nice, but the late night chats in our rooms were even nicer.
February 28th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a wonderful conference! And I want to read your book! :)
February 28th, 2006 08:19 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Did you read the excerpt? You can at http://www.susantaylorbrown.com/mybooks.html
February 28th, 2006 08:52 pm (UTC)
Oh, Wow! I read the excerpt and it's so wonderful...now I'm definitely going to have to get the book :)
February 28th, 2006 05:38 pm (UTC)
Oh, to attend a conference! Lucky girl, you! :)
February 28th, 2006 08:20 pm (UTC)
They are a must-do, at least once a year. I wish I could afford to go to more.
February 28th, 2006 05:58 pm (UTC)
I had a great time this weekend. The only disappointment was not spending more time talking to you!
February 28th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
Ditto! We have friends up in Folsom and my daughter and my adorable grandson are in Citrus Heights, so maybe I'll get up your way.
February 28th, 2006 07:40 pm (UTC)
It sounds like a great conference! I heard you found Caren and you're planning to meet somewhere again. I would have loved to hear Cheryl's speech. I'm looking forward to seeing it posted on her blog. (Hmm....sassy thought of the day...she doesn't seem to think posting it will hinder her speaking gigs!)
February 28th, 2006 08:21 pm (UTC)
I did meet Caren and am looking forward to getting together with her. Sorry we didn't manage a picture. I simply must get a lightweight camera. I got tired of lugging it around.
March 1st, 2006 12:08 am (UTC)
I'm so glad you had a good time! I'm going to my first local SCBWI conference in October, and I can't wait. Libba Bray is going to speak at the conference. Yes, LIBBA BRAY!!!
March 1st, 2006 01:56 am (UTC)
It was great seeing you Susan! What a fabulous conference. I got there early with picture book author Dana Kassimakis Smith and we enjoyed walking by the ocean. Your post really captures some of the special memories! Thanks. LJS
March 1st, 2006 06:41 am (UTC)
Was great seeing you there!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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