News from the Missouri SCBWI Conference — Day 1

Lots of news out of the Missouri SCBWI Conference this Saturday.  I’m going to split it up into 3 days:

Monday:  the mentorship program

Tuesday:  The Big 5 and Your Work

Wednesday:  My critique with Emma Dryden

In 2013, I will be the Missouri Nonfiction Mentor.  That means I’ll be working with another writer for one year, helping him or her improve their nonfiction writing.  This is the first time that I’ve ever been a mentor, so I’m a little nervous about the whole thing.  I don’t have to promise a publishing contract or anything like that but I do have to help someone improve as a writer.

Before I could announce the winner, I had to make a choice.  I was given material from two different writers and had to make a choice.  Both showed obvious skill but one is working on a set of early readers.  I’ve never published anything along these lines and that’s what she needs more than a nonfiction author.

The winner is going to keep me on my toes and she proved that when I made the big announcement.  Charlotte Mielziner isn’t one to hold back when she’s excited.  After making the announcement I was the “victim” of many spontaneous hugs.  What can I say?  That’s the kind of energy Charlotte puts into everything.  Whew!

Charlotte is working on a book about dog training for children.   Her expertise?  She helps children train their dogs through 4H.  Charlotte knows dogs.  And she knows kids.  And she knows how the two work together.  She’s a great idea person so I am definitely going to be earning my keep just trying to keep pace.

Our first job?  Looking at the market and seeing what is out there that might be in competition with Charlotte’s idea.  From there, we’ll have some idea where to go.

Tomorrow — The Big 5.