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SCBWI L.A. 2008 Conference Gems: Part 2

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on September 5, 2008 in Conferences, Travel, Writing |

My picture made someone else’s blog! Wow, I’m almost famous! Lisa Yee is a YA author who presented at the conference. Check out the second picture on this post to see me attending her session on revision.

What you can’t find me? I’m all the way over to the right…the blonde in the bluish/green sweater…okay, so really about a quarter of me is cut off, but I’m still mostly in the picture. Well it was fun for me to see it, so I don’t care if you don’t care!

Here are a few more conference tidbits for you to ponder:

  • Everyone starts as a beginner
  • You never know what might become a masterpiece
  • Say what you mean
  • No one else knows just what you know
  • Time slips away so fast; don’t wait
  • Just because a book is a classic doesn’t mean you have to like it

Leonard Marcus (from his speech “Advice from a Legendary Editor: Ten Invaluable Lessons About Making Great Children’s Books”)

  • Imagination is more important than knowledge

Dilys Evans (from a panel discussion called “All About Agents”)

  • Take the good part and circle it, then use that as your standard; try to make everything else that good and keep working until the rest gets there

Lisa Yee (from her session “ReVision, reviSion, Revision”)

All the following are from the panel discussion called “Emerging Editorial Voices”:

  • Do something during work hours that is not related to work; you need to engage other parts of the mind

(Namrata Tripathi discussing advice from her mentor Brenda Bowen)

  • Keep working, you’re not there yet

(Gretchen Hirsch discussing advice from her mentor Allyn Johnston)

  • When you’re really upset about something ask “Is anyone going to loose an arm?” If the answer is no, then it’s okay.

(Krista Marino discussing advice from her mentor Beverly Horowitz)

Ponder away!

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