Monday, June 25, 2012

BEA/WIFYR rundown, plus an announcement!

So I'm officially the worst blogger ever. I guess I sorta kinda maybe took the month of June off...necessary, but no fun! I miss hanging around the blogosphere! Hopefully, with BEA and WIFYR over, I'll get back to my regular postings.

I'm a little late on the BEA front, but better late than never, right? I spent the week of June 4th in NYC with my friend Taryn. We hung out with some awesome people *waves to Naughty Brent* and got lots and lots of books:

Basically, BEA is like writer porn. There are books everywhere and ZOMG THERE ARE SO MANY WHERE DO WE GO NEXT?!?!?!?!?!?!

I went out for lunch with my agent, which was a lot of fun, and I got to meet authors and editors and all those wonderful people. It really was a fabulous networking opportunity, and I'm so glad I was able to attend.

Taryn flew back to Utah with me and stayed for WIFYR, or Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers, Utah's annual writing conference. It was so much fun! I had a hotel sleepover with my critique partners (Celesta and Melanie), and I bummed around with some pretty cool writerly people, including Taryn's critique group (Katie, Robin, Emily, and Ilima). I also won a first chapter contest for my WIP, which was kinda exciting.

All sort of shenanigans transpired, but I'm a little short on time this morning so I won't go into the details. But finally, our announcement! Today, the fabulous Brent Taylor has joined Teen Eyes! Brent is a fantastic editor with tons of experience. So if you're looking for a manuscript critique, hop on over to the Teen Eyes website and hit up Brent! (Or me, or Taryn. But mostly Brent.)

More to come....:)


  1. That's a whole lot of awesome, Kate! BEA sounds like my kind of place. I'd love to hit that up someday. :)

  2. Ah! So jealous! I'm dying to go to BEA - next year, I keep telling myself. Looks like you got a load of great reads! Can't wait to hear more, and welcome back to the blogosphere!

  3. OMG those book piles...*drools*!! BEA sounds pretty much amazing. Glad you had a good time! And welcome back! :D

  4. I can't believe we missed each other at BEA! (Then again I only did one day there) Congratulations on adding a 3rd partner to Teen Eyes, and I hope you are having a blast at all these conferences, Kate! :-)

  5. It was sooo fun getting to know you better at WIFYR. And your crit group rocks too. I'm excited for Brent to join Teen Eyes, and congrats on your contest win! I'm hoarding my share of BEA arcs borrowed from Taryn for as long as I can. As Emily would say about BEA, I want to go to there!

  6. Cartwheeling with you was a WIFYR highlight:) And one year, I'm dreaming of having ARCS coming out my eyeballs.

    And blogging, I've taken off most of the month as well. Probably should do something about that . . .

  7. Next year, it will be Jenn and BEA sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S-I-N-G. We'll be together forever...or at least three days. It will be lovely. :)

  8. I had so much fun getting to see you at WIFYR, Kate. You make me laugh...a lot. :-)

  9. Hi Kate! I've been meaning to drop a note to you to say it was nice meeting briefly during book grabs and at the middle grade buzz panel :)

    hope you had a wonderful time in nyc! and that john's pizza lived up to expectations. cheers- gc