May 30, 2012

RTW: Book Conferences

Road Trip Wednesday is a 'Blog Carnival' where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question that begs to be answered. In the comments, you can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.  

This week's topic:
What book and/or writing conference(s) would you love to go to?

Short answer: I'd be thrilled to attend just about any outside-of-Canada* book and/or writing conference. I have never been to one.

Longer answer: The 'outside-of-Canada' thing makes it seriously unlikely that I'll be able to attend any book/writing conferences unless I plan on saving for years. But, if I was rolling around in cash, these would be my top picks (due to location and description):

1.  SCBWI Winter Conference (NYC—Feb. 1-3, 2013)
I'd choose the Winter Conference over the Summer one in Los Angeles, because I'd far rather attend a conference in NYC than LA. I've never been to NYC, so this would be the prime opportunity. Not to mention, LA in August seems...stinking hot. Since NYC is the hub of the publishing industry, it seems only right to attend the conference there. But, the cost of attending, accommodations, flights, and so on makes showing up pretty prohibitive any time in the near future. A girl can dream, right?

2.  Comic-Con (San Diego—July 12-15, 2012)
Who doesn't want to go to Comic-Con??? This would be the one conference I could probably coerce the hubby into attending with very little effort. It's like movie-/comic-/book-/video game-lovers heaven. And with costumes! If we went, I'd be seriously tempted to go in full cosplay. Not sure what I'd dress up as, but it would probably be something like this or this, but definitely not this or this.

3.  YALLFest (Charleston—Nov. 10, 2012)
I only just found out about this one-day event today, and it sounds pretty great. Aside from the pretty spectacular group of authors that will be there, the best part would have to be that it's FREE!

To borrow Blog Me MAYbe's May I ask something about you? Wednesday question and steer it in today's RTW direction: What book and/or writing conference(s) would you like to attend and why?

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* Canadian conferences tend to bring in a handful of never-before-heard-of Canadian authors and place a heavy emphasis on Canadian publishing, which is a route I have no intention of taking.**
** More on why in another post another day perhaps.

28 comments:

  1. Definitely SCBWI - but I'd go to the LA conference, 1. it's closer for me and 2. Mr. Agent man speaks at this conference every year, and it'd be great to hear him! Not that I'd turn down the NYC conference at all!

    I'd also love to go to BEA...this would be SO much fun!

    And YALLFest sounds like so much fun!!! I'd love to go to this one, for sure!

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    1. I certainly wouldn't cry if someone sent me to SCBWI LA, but if I had to choose between the two, the winter one would be my choice. :) YALLFest would be great too for many reasons, one of which is the fact that it's in Charleston! I've never been to Charleston, but I'd love to.

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  2. YALLFest is FREE?? I just checked out their site, and this is about a 5.5 hour drive from me. Might be worth considering. Cool! :)

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    1. Isn't that awesome? I was pretty surprised myself. But, if I factor in flight and accommodations it kinda rules it out for me. Which is really too bad. Sometimes it stinks living way up here in Canada. There's a lack of good conferences within driving distance of here. Unless of course something comes to North Dakota or Montana... :)

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  3. I would LOVE to go to YALLFest. Mostly because I adore YA, obviously, but also because Charleston is absolutely gorgeous. One of my very favorite cities!

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    1. I've never been to Charleston, but that venue is certainly a major draw! It's one of those places in the U.S. that I'd love to visit one day. Add to that all of the other awesomeness that is YALLFest, and it's pretty tempting. :)

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  4. I'd love to go to ALA sometime. I live in NYC, so you'd think that hitting up conferences here would be easy for me--but they are still kind of pricey and work gets in the way. Although, I have been lucky enough to go to BEA a few times for my job!

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    1. I can imagine that it's still pricey. Still, I really envy your proximity to such awesome conferences. :) I think I'll have to make attending SCWBI in NYC a priority some year. That would be my top pick I think. ALA does sound pretty great too, though.

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  5. Ah, you are still closer in Canada than I am in Europe! I would love to go to any of this but being on the other side of the pond it is highly unlikely :(

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    1. That is pretty far to come for a conference. I think I'll have to start saving well in advance to ever think about going to one. I suppose that could be a treat for finishing and querying my WiP at some point? There's an incentive! :)

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  6. I found the same thing about Canadian publishers. I was born in Canada, and am now a dual citizen of Canada and the USA. I didn't even bother looking at Canadian publishers because although I was born there, they want writers who LIVE there. That means I'm out.

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    1. Almost all of the authors I read have published with American publishers, and only a few are Canadian. In my mind, it just seems to make more sense to try and get published with an American publisher. Maybe that's a misguided notion. Who knows. It does seem pretty restrictive to expect Canadian authors to stay in Canada. I want the ability to go wherever I want if that's where life takes me.

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  7. It would be awesome to go to either LA or NYC SCBWI conference, but I don't see it as more than a dream for me -- just too pricey to consider. But maybe a regional event -- the western Washington one is close for me. Maybe someday....

    Have you ever checked out the Surrey conference? (www.siwc.ca) True, they have some "never before heard of Canadian authors", but lots of big names, too, and I've met some lovely NY agents and editors there.

    And now I'm off to discover what YALLfest is... :) Thanks for your post!

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    1. I checked out the Surrey conference after reading your comment, and it looks pretty decent. There are some agents and authors on the list that I definitely know of. Thanks for mentioning it! :)

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  8. There's a free conference in Charleston??? Ooo, I have to check it out. :)

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    1. I only wish I could take advantage of something like this. Alas, I am nowhere near Charleston. :(

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  9. I couldn't do the Slave Princess Leia costume. If I were to cosplay it'd probably be one incarnation of the Doctor or see if I could replicate Trillian's spacey costume in film.

    I'd choose NYC over LA too. I can barely stand the summers we get in England so I don't know how I would cope with a real summer.

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    1. Not only do I not have the body for the Slave Leia, but I'm not sure I'm comfortable prancing around showing that much skin. I much prefer the Deathstar skirt anyway. :)

      It seems kind of funny to me that they have the SCWBI Winter Conference in NYC in February when it's probably pretty chilly there, and the Summer Conference in LA when it's probably stinking hot there. Doesn't it make more sense to switch it around. Both places would be more bearable if you did. Just weird.

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  10. Um, that YALLfest announcement almost sent me into squealing fan-girl mode. I cannot even fathom that group of authors all being under one roof. I might have to plan a trip to Charleston.

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    1. I know, right? I so wish I was within driving distance or a short (read: cheap) flight away. I envy everyone within a reasonable distance.

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  11. WOW Yallfest. Awesome! I went to school and lived in CHS for 10 years and I love, love, love that place. You've got me pining to visit!

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    1. You lived in Charleston? That's pretty cool, and I'm kind of envious. :) You should definitely go back for a visit and maybe hit up YALLFest while you're at it!

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  12. I'd love to attend all of those conferences too! Maybe one day we'll be able to travel everywhere we want, no money required. Yeah? Yeah. Let's go with that.

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    1. After writing this post, I found out about even more cool conferences (Laini Taylor mentioned Leaky Con in Chicago). Oh to be rolling in cash and to have all the time in the world, right? :D

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  13. SCWBI sounds awesome. And as an aside, I love the little bicycle in the picture!

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    1. It really does sound awesome. And to be in NYC where all the publishing giants are? Fantastic. I liked the little bicycle too! :) It was the main reason I put the picture on my page, because I don't necessarily like all the writing of some of the authors in the stack of books.

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  14. I would choose SCBWI in NYC too. Mostly because it's closer, but just because NYC appeals to me more than LA. Not that I would turn down LA if I had the chance to go.

    I completely agree with you on ComicCon! It's my dream to go there someday. That Death Star dress rocks! I would go in full cosplay too, but more likely as River Song or the Doctor (Doctor Who, British sci-fi TV show).

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    1. NYC definitely appeals to me more than LA too.

      Wasn't that Death Star dress great? The girl made it herself. I guess the skirt is paper mache, so she can't even sit down in it. It's still cool, though. :)

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