Reports from the 2011 Winter Conference of the Society for Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
|I didn't manage to get a good shot of|
Sara so here's a nice portrait I found
on several blogs
The best books I've read are the ones that make me go, "OMG that was me. That book is totally who I am."
That's what I felt about YA author Sara Zarr's keynote speech on the last day of the SCBWI conference.
Sara attended her first New York conference in 2001, after five years of being serious about writing. She was frustrated - even angry.
"I wanted something to happen ... seriously, how much longer did I have to wait? I had an agent, I had finished my book ... I came in part to figure out the system and work out an angle; network the hell out of it ..." She was straining to hear that "magic piece of information" that would finally open the door.