The SCBWI conference this past Saturday in Oakland was a great learning experience. It was a real treat listening to Stephen Mooser, co-founder of SCBWI, speak about getting young readers to laugh. His books and ideas are fresh and inspiring.
I had my "first page" read aloud by Sarah Shumway at HarperCollins, and my first 10 pages hand edited by Abigail Samoun from Tricycle Press. Lots of helpful feedback, and I feel as though my manuscript is really "getting there".
Another highlight to the day was getting to know my new critique buddy better. After 4 hrs. in the car together, I feel like we've been friends for years. Thanks Rachel for the wonderful visit!