Panels on Books & WritingIn the absence of a YA panel, I only sat in on one panel: Pitching your Book. Here's some tips I picked up from the panelists, including the most helpful Chuck Sambuchino:
· Be specific in your query letter. No “the character experiences highs and lows” or “they go on a series of adventures.”
· Pitch 6-10 sentences that introduce your characters, the conflict but leave it without giving the ending away. (Similar to a blurb on the back of a DVD.)
· The quality of the pitch is what’s important, not necessarily how you set it up.
· But when you’re setting it up, make sure you follow the agent’s directions!
Connecting with Fellow Readers/Writers/Bloggers/Librarians/BooksellersGoing to an event like this reminds me that I’m not alone. Writing can be a lonely habit, with just you and your words (and maybe food and drink and music). But it doesn’t involve a lot of human interaction. At BBTB, I was surrounded by writers, readers and book lovers. It reminded me how deep and extensive the community is. As an introvert, I didn’t do a lot of introducing myself to strangers or jumping into conversations, but I still felt a connection to the community, especially when I joined the Speed Dating with Teen Authors event. Katherine Howe, Gwenda Bond, Laura Bickle, Jennifer McGowan, Mindee Arnett and Kristen Simmons moved around the tables, chatting about books and writing. I don’t have any quotes or photos because it was an intimate group and I was focused on participating, but this program was easily the highlight of the event for me!
Author Sightings/SigningsSome of the big names included Emily Giffin, Marc Brown and Jasper Fforde. YA authors included Melissa Landers, Mindy McGinnis, Emery Lord, Ellen Schreiber, Alex Mallory, Elizabeth Kiem, Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon, not to mention those listed above who participated in the Speed Dating program!
|Destined for Doon signed by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon!|
|Dancer, Daughter, Traitor, Spy signed by Elizabeth Kiem!|
|Open Road Summer signed by Emery Lord!|
General MerrimentThere were costumed characters (Elsa, Carol from Where the Wild Things Are, Spot and Llama of Llama, Llama), fun interactive events with authors (YA ones included Pictionary and Live-Action Battleship), storytimes, booths, and enough books to drown in.
|Teen tables early in the day|
|Author Pavilion in the afternoon|
Looking forward to BBTB 2015!