Short post today, because I’m off in a couple of hours to New Jersey for an SCBWI-NJ first pages session. And I have to confess, I’m a little nervous—even though this should be a very low-key event, I haven’t done a writer’s conference in several years. As a junior editor, I attended my share of conferences and I was lucky enough to have a few writers and illustrators come out of them. But between a full roster of authors, a growing family, and a decline in invitations, I pretty much dropped off the speaking circuit.
However, now that I’m building a new client roster, I’m back on the conference train, and I’d love to get some feedback on how things are going these days. Have things changed much in the last few years? Has ebook publishing had any effect? What do you look for in a conference speaker? Do you have different expectations from agents vs. editors? Whatever your experiences, I’d love to hear—I’ve got SCBWI Metro in two weeks!