SLJ teenLive! Virtual Conference

I went to this wonderful free conference, of publishers and artists who were an amazing group of people. It was such a surprise as I found out about it last minute. The School Library Journal conference, SLJteenLive! focused on diverse books and the authors that create them.

I’m particularly interested in graphic novels. Publishers such as Oni Press, Random House Children’s Books, Macmillian Children’s Publishing, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Young Readers (YA), Clarion Books, and Bloomsbury Children’s Books participated. Plenty of established authors as well as new writers. To say the least, I am excited to see all the new and diverse choices out there for YA and middle grade including comics, horror, and thrillers. Videos of the conference talks are available for 3 months according to the organizers.

Coming up SCBWI Summer Conference

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, known as the international professional organization for authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults, is having its annual summer conference. It is the 50th anniversary of this conference and has an exciting line-up of agents, authors, and poets. Please say hi if you see me there.

If you want to learn more, check out the website and the conference blog to see a list of conference speakers.

Second Place in HWA’s Cookbook Competition

Lu Kondor placed second (tie) in the The 2021 Horror Writers Association Cookbook Competition for Dirty Witches’ Fingers with Dragon Eyeball Dip. The HWA Cookbook will contain recipes from previous winners and runners up. It will also include this year’s winners, and Kate Jonez, Omnium Gatherum, has agreed to be the editor. It is an HWA-sponsored publication. Link to announcement and recipe.