January 30, 2013

Start Spreading the News...

*Groan* Okay, that was lame and cliché, but I don't care. For the three of you who didn't get that reference, let me elaborate:

I'm headed to New York!

"New York Sunrise" by Jeffery Turner on Flickr
February wouldn't normally be my first choice of months to visit New York, but I'm not going just to sight-see. My main reason for going is SCBWI's (Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators) Winter Conference which takes place annually in New York. I know I've already mentioned this, but I thought it was worth mentioning again so you don't wonder where I am for the next week. (Assuming, of course, that you wonder about silly things like that. :P)


Some of the keynote speakers this year are Meg Rosoff, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Shaun Tan, and Mary Poppins Maria von Trapp Julie Andrews (!). I'll be sitting in on sessions by:
  • Rosemary Brosnan - executive editor of HarperCollins Children's Books/HarperTeen
  • Molly O'Neill - editor at Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins 
This is my first ever writing conference, so I'm pretty excited. But what takes my giddiness to a whole new level is that I'm going to be meeting one of my CPs Jess Silverstein, along with Rebecca Behrens, and Ghenet Myrthil. It's been great getting to know these ladies through the blogs and Twitter, and now I'll actually get to meet them face to face, so YAY! ☺ Plus, all of these ladies know the city, so that's an added bonus. I can pick their brains for what to see and do and how to get there.

This happens to be our first trip to NYC, so that should make this even more fun. I have to say, I'm a little worried we'll get lost or mugged or some crazy thing, but that hasn't dimmed my excitement. I've got a transit trip planner app on my phone, so with any luck we won't end up in Jersey or somewhere else out of our way. We'll be visiting a lot of the typical tourist places—Central Park, New York Public Library, Rockefeller Center, and so on—but Jess is also taking us to Books of Wonder. We'd also like to visit Ground Zero to pay our respects. I wish we had a month to explore, but a week will have to suffice.

I'll take lots of pictures, tweet from time to time, and come back with lots of stories to share. Have a great week, friends!

21 comments:

  1. I looooooooooove NYC! You're sooooo lucky!

    Wrap up warm and prepare to stop in a lot of coffee shops. I've been to NYC in February and never known cold like it.

    Have an awesome time!!!! :D

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  2. Hope you guys have a great time! Can't wait to hear all about it when you get back! And take lots of notes at the conference! :)

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  3. So excited! Have a fun few days and I'll see you Friday!!!

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  4. Awesome, Jaime! I hope you have a really good time in NYC. And I hope the conference is all it could be and more. May your writing and career benefit greatly from it. :)

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  5. Yay! How exciting! Can't wait for pictures. :)

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  6. Oh, I love NYC! And don't worry about being mugged - each time I've been there, I didn't feel like I was about to be robbed. In fact, I feel quite at home there!
    Let me know where and when you guys are meeting. I might show up there ;)
    Have fun!

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  7. Have fun!
    *Secretly crying big tears of jealousy, okay not that secretly*

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  8. Have a great time! NYC is the best city in the world!!!

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  9. Ooh have fun! I'm all butterfly-filled and excited for you!

    Alex @ Like, Words and Stuff
    xo

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  10. Oooh I am so jealous. Have an awesome time and do blog all about it so I can vicariously live through you!

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  11. Yay! Safe travels to my fair city, and see you Saturday!

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  12. Have fun! New York is one of my favorite cities, I'm so jealous :)

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  13. Have so much fun! The conference is always the highlight of my year.

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  14. I am so so envious!!!!!! And also excited for you. Please report back on what you hear-- I'd love to experience it vicariously. I was a little scared the first time I went to NYC, but nearly every experience I've had there has been pleasant. It's the "big city" and New Yorkers have a reputation, but I've always found them nice and helpful. I'm sending you lots of great travel wishes!

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  15. Woo hoo! I hope you're having an awesome time so far. I can't wait to meet you IRL on Saturday!

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  16. 1. I'm super jealous of you.
    2. Have so much fun!

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  17. I'm SO jealous!!! I love New York and Molly O'Neill and I hope you have a fabulous time! Can't wait to hear all about it!

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  18. Have a wonderful time, I can't wait to see the photos!

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  19. So glad you get to go to this one. It sort of crept up on me or I would've tried to go myself. (Maybe next year?) You'll have to tell us all about it and gush all over your blog when you get back. And post photos!

    Hope you have a great time!

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  20. AHHHHH! That sounds super fun! I hope you have a great time Jaime! I can't wait to hear all about it on your blog! :)

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