The Conference High

I just got back from the annual SCBWI Oregon spring conference, and as usual, I am pumped. For those who don’t know, SCBWI stands for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, and it has been an invaluable resource since I joined. I had no idea how much I didn’t know until I joined, that’s for sure.

As with seemingly every event I’ve attended, I left with lots of new information and marching orders. I’m excited to get to editing the bejeezus out of all the stories I’m working on (four actively, and a few not yet on paper that won’t let me sleep at night). But I also realize (again), how important it is to get myself out there. Get more active on Twitter, and of course, on here – my sadly neglected blog.

A writer friend of mine admitted that she’s given herself a deadline. Nine more months of trying to make a go of it as a writer, and then it’ll be back to day-jobville. I imagined the pressure that must put on her. And then I thought: I should do the same thing. History has taught me that a little pressure goes a long way in my brain, so I’m going to give myself that gift. She’s been at it longer than I have, though, so I’m giving myself 2 years. I’m writing this here as a little added pressure/incentive. I’ve got 2 years to prove that this is the career for me.

So, here goes. The clock starts…


2 thoughts on “The Conference High

  1. Melissa Tahmassbi

    I just discovered your blog. It happened by chance, I suppose. I am lying here in my bed with my 19 month old daughter securely affixed to my breast…Okay, I escaped! So, I googled you because we had just read your beautiful book, The Great Impersonator, and I was curious about you because we also live in Portland (well, Lake Oswego). Anyway, I just want to say I think you are a great writer. Keep at it!!!

    Please let me know if you are doing any readings or publishing any other books. Thank you!

    1. Jennifer Coughlin Post author

      Thanks so much for taking the time to write – I know how precious time is with a 19 month old! I will definitely post if I do any readings, and I definitely have more books on the horizon:)


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