I just spent an amazing weekend at the New Jersey SCBWI Annual Conference. I was fortunate to have lunch with Sarah Jane Abbott and Alyssa Jennette. Sarah is an assistant editor at Paula Wiseman Books and Beach Lane Books at Simon & Schuster. Alyssa is an agent at Stonesong Literary. Being able to meet professionals like this is one benefit that many of the other conferences do not offer. It was well worth traveling three hours to attend this event.
Leeza Hernandez gave an amazing session on pattern, texture and color. She was gracious, sharing her techniques and enthusiasm. Thanks Leeza!