(well, in-person writing conference; August's WriteOnCon was my first) is this weekend! I'll be driving an insane number of miles and spending an exorbitant amount of money (to me). But I'm SOOO excited! I'll have the chance to meet (this is not a comprehensive list) Elana Johnson, Sara Megibow, Sara Crowe, and Larry Brooks!! And I'm going to live pitch an editor for the first time ever. So lots to be excited about!
There are plenty of things going on across the web if you're looking for some excitement this lovely Monday! I'll post several for your browsing enjoyment:
May's Mystery Agent contest (as of this moment) has 1 spot left, if you've got a completed novel ready to pitch in 25 words or fewer! Hurry! It'll go fast. But don't assume we're full. When we are, we'll close comments. Update: All 50 spots have been filled! Great work, guys! Thanks to all who entered!!
Nathan Bransford's got a very insightful How I Write post today that covers everything from frequency of writing to how he goes from high concept idea to full manuscript. As a former hotshot agent and current hotshot author, his take on this is invaluable!
Looking for an adorable picture book about imagination and magic? A Magic World is now available, ebook and print editions. I've ordered mine in print and can't wait to read it with my little guys.
Afterglow Book Reviews contributor Christine Fonesca is on blog tour for her new book 101 Success Secrets for Gifted Kids! I've read a preview and it's amazing! Your gifted child will so benefit.
Speaking of Afterglow Book Reviews, Anne Riley posted her raving afterglow review of DIE FOR ME by Amy Plum. While there, be sure to follow because we're going to have an ARC giveaway in the next few weeks that you won't want to miss. And if you're feeling the heartbreak, head over to Anne's blog to show your support after tornadoes hit everywhere around her home.
My love and prayers for all of you whose lives have been touched by recent catastrophes all over the globe.