Planning a day at the LA Times Festival of Books

I’ve wanted to go to the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books for about two years now. It is the largest of its kind on the West coast, perhaps the largest in the country.

My friend and I have committed to attending Sunday’s events. Since neither of us have been to the event, we purchased panel passes to allow us to maximize our time and secure seats in the panels we really want to see.

If we have time we may participate in the mobile scavenger hunt as mentioned on the official site.

We are most interested in the YA and the publishing panels. My friend has an MA in Children’s Literature, and I am hoping to pursue a career in publishing as an editorial assistant or a published writer.

I do have some questions for you, my readers:

Have you ever been? What are the best stages to check out? Do you have any tips for the day for us? What was the best part of your visit last year? What is absolutely not to be missed?

I should have an overall blog talking about our experience or perhaps multiple blogs from all three panels. I’m not sure about their policy on photography and/or videography at the moment. Check back here in a couple of weeks for info of our adventure!


EW Shelf Life’s Interview with Ann M. Martin

I must start out by saying that I really like EW\’s Shelf Life Blog, it is full with breaking popular literature and publishing information. Today’s post is one that pulls at my literary heartstrings. I grew up reading The Babysitter’s Club series and happily swapped editions back and forth with my dear friend whom I grew up with. Twenty-something years after we were awkward nine-year olds with retainers and a penchant for spending our allowances on books we still reminisce on the literature of our past.

When I came across this article on today’s edition of the Shelf Life Blog I couldn’t help it but to think back to that time in our lives and smile. Although I have not seen my BSC books in quite some time(they now reside in boxes in my garage) I am really interested in the prequel Ann M. Martin has penned. I was so grateful to the interviewer, Catherine Garcia for asking Ann where she sees her characters now. I can only hope that one day she might be prodded by the upcoming Sweet Valley Confidential book to jump ahead in time and revisit her old Stoneybrook cronies.

Who doesn’t want to know if Stacey became a fashion designer or if Claudia has her own art gallery?  I’m a little put off by her indifference to Dawn Schafer and Jessi, who I thought were just as integral to the cast of sitters.

I was pleased to read that Ms. Martin and I seem to have the same literary taste: the Thirteenth Tale, Stieg Larsson. I have not heard of Olive Kitteridge but I will soon google that.

Ah nostalgia…this one article made me long for Waldenbooks on a Friday afternoon and clutching three dollars and wondering if I should get the latest Sweet Valley High book or The Babysitters Club book. Either way my voracious literary appetite was sated.


I have some exciting news today- I just joined SCBWI! Prior to October/November I had not heard of the organization. I talked to my current boss as my boss knows I am an aspriring writer and it turns out she is too! My boss has suggested to me several times that I should join SCBWI as I do have several picture book manuscripts and one YA partial manuscript started. She graciously let me look her her March/April newsletter and I was really intrigued by the content and that solidified my decision to join. I finally managed to have the money for the dues and here I am!

In the twenty minutes or so since I’ve joined I have already learned the answer to one of my burning questions: how to format a manuscript! I will be adapting all of my picture book texts to follow industry guidelines asap!

I’m very pleased as this is the first professional organization that I have joined and I feel that this is a good step for me in my quest for a career in publishing and as an aspiring writer.

I plan on writing more picture book manuscripts this summer and hopefully finding a critique group soon! I’ll blog more about that as I have content and news about both topics!

Cheers and Happy April Fool’s Day!