Then I ran into one of my critique partners Christopher S. Ledbetter whom I’ve never met in person, but already know so well (you definitely get to know a lot about someone when you read their work). And of course the fabulous Ellen Hopkins.
It was great meeting new friends as well. Here are some writer/illustrators I had lunch with and when they pulled their cards/postcards out for me to have, I couldn’t have been more blown away with how much talent attended this conference.
And since I’m such a blog fanatic I had to take another picture with Mary Kole. I’ve learned a ton from Kidlit.com and feel like she’s been my teacher in a bloggy kind of way.
Then to end such a magnificent weekend, I saw these two guys dancing on the tarmac on my way home from LA. It counldn’t have been a more perfect ending.
So if you’ve never been to SCBWI LA, I highly recommend it. You walk away with not only a new way of looking at your work, but inspiration from those who’ve already walked the author path and are extremely happy to help pass that energy and wisdom on to you to make sure you succeed as well. Happy writing and illustrating everyone!