Today I had the pleasure of once again participating in the annual Canadian Children’s Writing and Book Camp at the main branch of the VPL in downtown Vancouver.
I gave a short lunchtime talk on How to Get Published, and by the end of a week at Book Camp, lots of these talented kids are ready for this next, big step in the writer’s life. We talked about both traditional and non-traditional methods of publishing and the kids asked lots of relevant questions, to which, (I hope) I gave equally relevant answers!
In the short period of time we had together we talked about contracts, agents, editors, how to get a publication history, cover letters, researching agents and much more. Last year when The Perfect Cut was nominated for a White Pine Award, I did quite a few presentations, workshops and talks, but since that time have not done many. Today I was reminded of how much I enjoy talking to young adults, and even better, how much I love hearing their ideas.
When Dead Reckoning came out almost ten years ago and I discovered how much public speaking was required, I was terrified. Now this part of being a writer is something I love! Good thing, because as I explained to the kids, publishing houses invest in authors who are willing to and good at talking to groups, both large and small about the process of writing, their work and other writing related topics.
Thanks VPL for inviting me!
I’m thrilled to be taking part in this years Canadian Children’s Book Camp to be held at the Main Branch, Vancouver Public Library from August 10th to 14th.
I have been both a keynote speaker and a workshop facilitator at the camp in previous years and it is, by far, one of my most favourite things to do as a writer/presenter. The campers are incredibly creative and enthusiastic and I can’t wait to meet this year’s group.
The other teen mentors are:
Among the keynote speakers this year, we have writer/broadcaster Mark Forsythe to open the event.
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This year’s Spring Book Hatching, put on by CWILL BC will be held on June 14, 2008, from 1-3 pm in the Peter Kaye room and lower level at the Vancouver Public Library. This is a free event. I’ll be there showcasing my latest book, The Perfect Cut as will many of my colleagues and friends. This is a chance for readers and writers to meet YA and children’s writers from all over British Columbia.
See you there!
February 18/2008 is the annual panel on writing and publishing children’s books, held at the main branch of Vancouver Public Library. This is an information session for aspiring writers and illustrators. I will be speaking at this panel, along with Alison Acheson, Diane Haynes, Elizabeth Shefrin, James McCann, and KC Dyer. Each of us will speak for a few minutes on how we got started and how our careers developed. After that, we will open up the floor to answer your questions.
I’ve appeared on this panel once before and it is an excellent resource for emerging writers of any genre. So if you have questions about how to launch your career as an author, join us.