And if you visit the SCBWI website, you have a wealth of information you can review, especially the DO's and Don'ts PDF. Click on the link below to take you to that most excellent document.
But if you are a little nutty and want to take a different approach and have some fun in the process, just relive with us some of Pen and Ink's most fun antics throughout the years.
In 2010, Pen and Ink decided to attend as a group. And if you remember Gypsy Rose Lee, Kris decided it wasn't enough to simply attend, we had to have a gimmick. Kris suggested we create a picture book. And we did it up Hollywood Style.
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Once we finished The Pirate Alphabet, Stephanie Gordon and Judith Enderle, fixed us with their minatory eyes and said, "What you gonna do next year?"
Then the thought hit us.
How hard is it to write when you are a mom? And even get out of the house to go anywhere? Thus was born the hilarity of Penny Goes to the Conference for a MS Consultation.
She signed up for a constellation and sought advice from her fellow non-furry writer pals. We didn't expect her to actually get a consultation with an agent, but that she did, with none other than the excellent Ms. Linda Pratt. Want to see our hilarity? Click below.
We were part of the 2012 Flash Mob. Good luck trying to find me in it. And if you have a talented husband, get him to rap!
|Click to see the 2012 Flash Mob tribute to Lin Oliver and Steve Mooser!|
|That's my guy!|
Pay attention to your costume. Competition is fierce and prizes are awarded!
Here are some parting thoughts to make the most of your weekend:
1. Go up to people and simply say hi. They will say hi back. I did and here's our new friend Nuria. If you visit Rita Crayon Huang's Flickr photo album, she has thousands of awesome photos of the last 6 conferences.
2. When people ask you if you are published, say you are "pre-published."
3. When you shake someone's hand, really shake it. Nothing is worse than a lackluster shake. Look them in the eye and smile when you shake. Trust me, it's a dying art form, but one still worthy of being practiced.
4. Consume alcohol respectably.
5. And make sure that if you have any "costume" pieces still on your face or body, you quickly leave them in the elevator before you crawl to your chair on Sunday morning. (Actually, the year we did the 1970's theme, my peace sign came with me to the Sunday morning keynote).
Lin Oliver and Stephen Mooser at SCBWI have created what is the closest thing to Nirvana for me. I cherish these days that refuel my soul and jump start my writing for the year.
No matter what, come prepared to smile, have fun, and be inspired.
From all of us at Pen and Ink, thanks for reading!
|Happy 5th Anniversary to our group!|
|Here's the whole gang. Lupe, Sue, Me and Kris, then my junior inkies- Sam and Victoria and the one and only silent technical partner, David "The Rapper" Krol. Without him, Skype and many other tech stuff would escape us!|