My flashback weekend at #NESCBWI

Laughing with friends. Camaraderie. Encouragement.

Watching friends (Kris Asselin) speak on a panel of agents and authors. Very cool.

Meeting new authors/writers/illustrators/agents.

Sitting in on a two-hour workshop on ebook coding, which was cool because I knew what he was talking about but it also was extremely helpful.

Listening to Kate Messner share about her TED talk, which was incredible. The take away? Don’t be scared of new things. If you’re scared – it might be good.

Talking about the latest Twilight fan fiction controversy. Maybe it’s because we were all so tired but I haven’t laughed that hard in a while.

Swapping books with friends and leaving with new books! Yay! Definitely going to do that again! Except my TBR pile didn’t shrink.

Realizing how incredible the top organizers of these conferences truly are. Make sure you say thank you and give yours a hug.

You might be wondering if anyone talked about self publishing or what kind of reaction I received. I’ll let you know on Thursday.

It’s time to write after an inspiring weekend. How was your weekend?

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23 Responses to My flashback weekend at #NESCBWI

  1. Joyce Shor Johnson April 23, 2012 at 1:51 pm #

    My Laura Flashback: Crying about crying and being a great source of support to me! Thank you!

    • Laura April 23, 2012 at 5:02 pm #

      Thanks for all your hard work, Joyce! You rock!

  2. Creepy Query Girl April 23, 2012 at 2:35 pm #

    sounds like such a great time! Love your new look!

    • Laura April 23, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      thanks Katie!

  3. Kris Asselin April 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm #

    My Laura Flashback: Being so excited to see my friends holding me a seat. Love being a part of a writing family that is so supportive and generous. I must be tired, because I’m tearing up just writing that last sentence.

    • Laura April 23, 2012 at 5:04 pm #

      This year was definitely the best. I can’t imagine another one topping the fun we all had. so much changes for all of us every year. Wonder where’ll we’ll all be next year?

  4. Talli Roland April 23, 2012 at 2:46 pm #

    Sounds like a great time! And congrats to Kris on being part of the panel. 🙂

  5. Karen Lange April 23, 2012 at 2:59 pm #

    Sounds like a great experience! Glad you had a good time. 🙂

  6. Elle Strauss April 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    Can’t wait to hear more, Laura. Now I wish I knew about the fanfic controversy! 🙂

    • Laura April 23, 2012 at 5:05 pm #

      I’m sure you’ve seen it. Fifty Shades of Grey and how it’s traditionally published after starting off as fan fiction.

  7. Elle Strauss April 23, 2012 at 3:49 pm #

    BTW, love your new look!

  8. Laura April 23, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Thanks everyone! It was a blast. Mainly because it’s quite awesome connecting with other writers and talking about stuff that no one but a writer can truly understand.

  9. Alicia Gregoire April 23, 2012 at 6:29 pm #

    This was a great recap, Laura. I’m still recovering from the weekend too.

  10. Donna K. Weaver April 23, 2012 at 6:41 pm #

    There’s a Twilight Fanfic controversy? I must live a deprived life.

    Or not.

    Sounds like you had a lot of fun. And I like what you’ve done with the place.

  11. Alex J. Cavanaugh April 23, 2012 at 6:42 pm #

    Sounds like a great time!

  12. Peggy Eddleman April 23, 2012 at 8:48 pm #

    I love conferences! This sounds like an incredible one.

  13. Karen Strong April 23, 2012 at 9:25 pm #

    Sounds like a lovely weekend! Love writer conferences.

    P.S., How can I get your book in paperpack? I wanted to get a copy for my local library. Thanks!

  14. Natalie Aguirre April 23, 2012 at 11:49 pm #

    Sounds awesome. I’ve always wished I lived close enough to go.

  15. Stina Lindenblatt April 24, 2012 at 12:00 am #

    Sounds like you had a fab time.

    Love the new blog look. 😀

  16. Julie Musil April 24, 2012 at 1:39 am #

    Me = jealous! How fun!

    Your new blog look is awesome!!

  17. Leslie Rose April 24, 2012 at 2:14 am #

    There’s nothing like being with a community of folks who share a passion for your passion.

  18. Laura April 24, 2012 at 11:50 am #

    Thanks everyone! I just visited all your blogs! Some very cool posts!

  19. Traci Kenworth April 24, 2012 at 2:08 pm #

    Sounds like a fun weekend was had by all…have to get myself in a position to be at one of these.

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