So I'm going down to Austin soon (!) for Kidlitcon (yay!), and the official Flyer can be found below. Note that registration has been extend till Nov. 1 (registration is encouraged because numbers are need for the catering side of things). Please do come, if you can--it is so wonderful to meet other people passionate about children's and Young Adult books and blogging! Even if you don't at the moment have an active blog, but are still part of this world (authors, teachers, publishers, etc.), you are welcome to come.
This year I was Brave and submitted a session proposal, and lo, I will be running a panel/workshop/forum on blogging the Middle Grade books with Melissa Fox (Book Nut) and Katy Manck (BooksYALove).
I decided to do this not because I am full to bursting of things I want to say, but because I really want to talk to other bloggers who focus on Middle Grade books--I want to share ideas, hopes, anxieties, tips, etc. in a moderated, semi-structured chat. The thought is that there will be particular Topics that we can go through, to keep the conversation going, but that if the conversation wants to go off on its own, that can happen too.
So if you are at all interested, whether you'll be at Austin or not, we'd would love to hear what topics you would find discussion-worthy! Here are some that we have in mind:
--who are the various
audiences for middle grade blogs, and how we can keep our blogs growing,
extending their reach and their depth
--how can we keep the effort of blogging
interesting and fun, and work at it without Working
--(assuming we want to--some of blogs may be introverts) how do we connect with each other and form supportive relationships
--blogging with a conscious awareness of race and gender (and other issues of diversity)
--what adults might gain from reading Middle Grade
And other things, like how do you evaluate illustrations in Middle Grade books (I have no idea how to do this beyond visceral reaction--pretty! ugly! distracting! "there were illustrations?")? What's an effective book cover? What useful and supportive memes/round-ups etc are there? What makes for a good Middle Grade author interview? Boy books vs girl books?
Why do some blogs get more comments than others, and does it matter?
That sort of thing.
So if you were coming to such a panel, what would you want to talk about? Please share any thoughts you might have!
And as promised, the Official Kidlitcon Announcement in Glorious Technicolor: