Thursday, November 11, 2010

Writing More Emails Than Fiction

In addition to writing, I'm also a Regional Advisor for the Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). I hold monthly meetings & organize conferences in Utah and Idaho (with the help of my assistant Neysa Jensen in Boise). I love helping aspiring writers & illustrators improve their craft & make those helpful connections. Just like Carol Lynch Williams & Rick Walton did for me when I was just starting out. 

Children's writers are friendly like that! 

Volunteering as a Regional Advisor has also helped me learn skills I've needed as an author. I'm no longer a shy speaker & by promoting others I've gotten better at promoting myself.

Today I ended up on NPR--part conference promotion & part celebrating our supportive Utah writing community. Take a listen!

So this week I'm spending more time phoning caterers, taking last minute conference registrations, and answering emails instead of adding to my WIP word-count. But maybe I'll have some small part in helping someone else's publishing dream come true.

And that's totally worth it!  


  1. Isn't this "Writers' World" something? You start out writing books and end up doing all kinds of interesting other things.

  2. I loved this post. Thanks for sharing the NPR article. But even more thanks goes to all the help you give to newbie writers like me. THANKS!