There's just something about meeting other writers, readers, and book-lovers that can't be beat. I've said it before -- one of the coolest things about writing for teens is how supportive, fun, and just plain nice the other authors have been. I mean, I can't compare it to any publishing sector or anything, but YA authors are so great! This also goes for YA readers, editors, agents, bloggers, teen librarians, and pretty much everyone I've run into in the teen publishing world. I was so intimidated before I became a part of it. I thought publishing was cut-throat, that published authors were all snobby & superior & scary, so it's been really cool to discover that the opposite is true. I guess there are some jerks out there, but I haven't met them. I've just met lots of wonderful people and lots of new friends. Hurray for friends!
Monday, September 6
We're talking about friends this week! (Well, and also boyfriends, but I'll skip that topic so as not to confuse my wife.) And just look at this picture! Just look at my new friends! One of them you may recognize as TFC's own Stephanie Kuehnert. On the right is Jeri Smith-Ready, who is another new writer friend. (The person in the middle is me. Was that obvious? Probably.) The picture was taken at the PAYA (Pennsylvania Young Adult lit) conference last month and man was it fun! Look how smiley we are! (Also: look how tall I am! Stephanie was even wearing 4.5 inch heels. Why am I so proud about being tall?)
Shared by Josh Berk @ 9/06/2010