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Wednesday, September 21, 2011

KidLitCon Kapow

This year's KidLitCon, set in beautiful downtown Seattle's Hotel Monaco (which, for the record, blew me away with its gorgeousness and hospitality), quite literally knocked me into the middle of this week with things to ponder, friend connections, and new ideas. Wow. The whole thing was organized by the tremendous team of Jackie Parker and Colleen Mondor with about as much sass and class as you could possibly desire in an event dedicated to the art of blogging children's books. To find out more, check out the KidLitCon roundup and #kidlitcon on Twitter.

One of the big buzzwords for the weekend was "relationships," and it was wonderful to see those relationships forming among bloggers, authors, gatekeepers, readers, and booklovers alike. I feel like I came away with a ton of new friends like Sara of Novel Novice and Michelle and Allison of Authors are ROCKSTARS! and finally met Liz Burns of A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy(!), plus I got to hang out with old friends Suzanne Young, Lee Wind, Sarah Stevenson,  Pam Coughlan, Deb LundStasia Ward Kehoe, Martha Brockenbrough, Jaime Temairik, Justina Chen, Amy BaskinMindi Scott, Denise Jaden, Farida Dowler, Sheila Ruth, Sara Ryan...and so many more.

Scott Westerfeld kindly talked to me when he realized I was too scared to talk to him. Like Colleen said in her kidlitcon post, he really is every bit as nice as you hope he'd be.

Husband Shiraz (a.k.a. Man of Mystery, Secret Weapon, and Genius behind most of the crazy stuff we did to launch TMAS) and I were lucky enough to be asked to speak about "Tears, Sweat, and True Blood: DIY Marketing in a Post-Twilight World," where we chatted with the audience about our own DIY efforts for TELL ME A SECRET, the whys and hows of what worked and didn't work, and how we're reshaping our plans for DON'T BREATHE A WORD, coming January 3, 2012!

Shiraz is (hopefully) going to write a guest post on this soon, but if you were at the conference and didn't get our handout, 72 (more) DIY Things You Can Do to Market Your Book, contact me and I'll email it to you. We were also excited to have an "Oprah moment" for our TELL ME A SECRET audiobook venture...stay tuned for more info about that, including a giveaway to celebrate the special edition and our deal with Audible! Woo!

In the meantime, I'll leave you with something special for DON'T BREATHE A WORD, including a hint of what's to come (note the incredible art by Realm Lovejoy):



  1. It was SO nice meeting you too. I hope we'll be able to have you on the podcast in 2012! :)

  2. Likewise, Michelle! I can't wait to hear more from Authors are ROCKSTARS, and I would love to participate!

  3. You two were a hit! Thanks for doing the session!

  4. Sounds like it was awesome. Thanks for sharing about it.

  5. Jackie, thank you for inviting us! That was a blast. YOU were a hit. It was a fantastic conference.

    You're welcome, Natalie!

  6. Great conference, which only increased in value by having you and Shiraz share your lessons in marketing. Thanks again, Holly!

  7. And Amy Baskin!! It was wonderful to see you. Just linked you above!