Thursday, October 28, 2010

KidLit Con: A Backward Glance

I’m going to pretend I didn’t help organize the thing and that I’m just an editor advising authors on how to spend their conference dollars wisely. So, should authors do conferences like this?

I think the answer is yes. If for no other reason than to feel part of a community that extends well beyond your fellow authors, this is a conference worth attending. Stuff like adding threaded comments to Blogger (anybody else notice IntenseDebate spreading like crazy in the Kidlitosphere?) or how to run a blog tour or how to incorporate virtual visits into your school repertoire are all great takeaways, but the best part, as so many attendees have already said, is the sense of being part  of a community, of a group effort. Writing is a solitary practice, and it always has been  and I don’t think that needs to change. But publishing and marketing books are no longer solitary nor the exclusive domains of publishers—or they shouldn’t be—and events like KidLit Con help to reinforce this idea.

So here’s the conference wrap-up page for those who want to dive in…




Here’s the SLJ piece.

Here's the #tag transcript:

I’ll keep updating this as long as people keep recapping. Don’t forget to send photos to the Flickr site.

*Thanks to Blythe Woolston for the idea for the YouTube clip on Kurtis’s blog. Very appropriate. The ghost of Ricardo Montalban will be hosting in Seattle next year.

Monday, October 25, 2010

KidLitCon outcomes

I've just installed Intense Debate for threaded comments. Let's see how this works.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Sometimes my job is too much fun

L1030666 I got to spend a couple hours yesterday watching a great American illustrator work. (Free book to the first person to comment with his name.)


Watching an artist work in his studio is a rare treat. Watching the artist take requests is almost too good to be true.

L1030610I took the pictures you see here, but I wasn’t the real photographer. These are but teasers. As you’ve probably guessed, you’ll be seeing a lot more of the fruits of these few hours in the months to come. Stay tuned.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Ruth and the Green Book

It’s been an eventful couple of weeks for Ruth and the Green Book, written by Calvin Ramsey and illustrated by Floyd Cooper.

“[A] powerful picture book….”-Booklist

“A sense of resiliency courses through Cooper's filmy illustrations--beatific portraits of the Esso worker who sells the family their Green Book and the owner of a ‘tourist home’ where the family spends the night radiate strength, kindness, and hope for a better future.” –Publishers Weekly

You can hear all about the book from Calvin himself in this interview on New York’s NY1 TV. Yes, he’s always that well dressed.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

KidLit Con, again

As I've mentioned, I'm helping organize this year's KidLit Blogging Conference. We posted the schedule last week, as well as some news about an exciting extra event on Friday night. So, if you're in shouting distance of the Twin Cities, you really ought to come.