Every year I feel like I should write a wrap up of the conference..... and every year I just decide to defer to someone else's blog. Looks like this year will be no exception! For a much better overview than what I could give (since, hello, i wasn't in every session) check out the actual conference blog.
This year was just as informative as previous years. One of my favorite parts is always the panel discussion at the end on Sunday. This year, before taking questions submitted by attendees, conference planner Sharon Cameron asked each faculty member what they could do to speed up their journey into publishing. Their answers were as follows:
Patti Ann Harris - Be yourself and stay true to your vision
Ruta Rimas – Be professional
Ellen Hopkins- plunge into the next project.
Peter Clifton- have fun
Kelly Sonnack- Find a way to hook publishers/readers. Follow your heart, but make it relevant.
Linda Pratt- be flexible. and actually write, don't just be a student of the industry
Lionel Bender- Don't underestimate the amount of time it takes
Diane Muldrow – Be smart, do your homework
Tracy Barrett – Know what you can do
I did manage to get some new pieces done around work for my portfolio. Here's a couple more spreads from my newest dummy Nothing All Day