Just recently returned from five days in New Orleans for the 2016 Bouchercon Mystery Conference. It was fabulous; great panels, lots of wonderful new writers and books being introduced, and old friends meeting up. The city has gone through a resurgence since Katrina and was more than welcoming to mystery writers and fan enthusiasts alike.
I’m really looking forward to the Houston chapter of SCBWI’s conference later this month. I always learn a lot about the children’s book industry, about writing, and about marketing yourself. I’m signed up for THREE critiques on my new Middle Grade novel, Between Dime Box and Blue. I may be a glutton for punishment, but I’m confident this is ready to find a home.
If you are not familiar with this fabulous international writers organization, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an international writers organization with chapters around the world. They conduct a major conference in Los Angeles in the summer and in New York in the winter. Local chapters, such as the one in Houston have their own smaller, but equally impressive list of agents, writers, illustrators, and editors who come to speak, critique, and workshop experienced and novice writers. This is hands down the most supportive and gracious group of writing colleagues you will ever know. Monthly meetings are free even to non-members, but there are perks for joining.
The Houston chapter meets on the first Monday evening (7:00) of the month at the Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter, Houston, TX 77042. For more information about the Houston conference go to: