Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 30, 2010

Editor/Agent Opportunities & Conference Stuff

Over the last few weeks, I have been trying to keep you up-to-date on what to expect at the up-coming conference.  It is only five days away, so here are some of the things I have mentioned and something new.

Each year we try to do come up with new ideas to make the conference better.  This year we are allowing attendees to bid on 4 spots to join the Faculty Dinner on Friday night and private party afterwards in the hotel.  The dinner is set-up for a total of 50 people – 32 are faculty members.  Dinner starts at 7:00 pm, starting with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres.  Bidding starts at $125.00, and the sheets will be put placed by registration in the morning and bidding will close at 2:30 pm.

The second thing we are doing is a post-conference dinner at the Salt Creek Grille in Princeton.  I have a private room and 13 faculty members will be joining us (You can view the names of the attending faculty by clicking on this link or you can scroll down to May 14th.  This dinner is limited to 24 guests and there are still a few spots left if you want one.  The cost of dinner is $100 and starts at 6 pm.  This includes hors d’oeuvres, one alcoholic drink, 4 course dinner, soft drinks, coffee and tea.  Please contact me if you would like a spot.

If you have been reading my blog you will know that we have 21 donated critiques by editors and agents in our Silent Auction.  These go to the highest bidders.  Four of the faculty have generously donated full manuscript critiques.  I want to point out how valuable it is to get an editor or agent to give you a full manuscript critique.  Getting 15 pages critiqued from your novel at the conference or having lunch with the editor and being told you can submit it to them, is not the same thing – not even close.

Last year we included Networking Dinners in the Silent Auction.  I thought I would like to try another approach this year by just listing each dinner with the names of the editors/agents attending and listing the location, date and price.  We will accept 2 people for each editor/agent listed.  So if there are four editors/agents for a certain date, there would be 8 people allowed to sign up to go to that dinner with Laurie, me and the editors/agents.  Most of the dinners are being held in New York City, one will be held in Princeton, NJ, all will cost $140.  You can view all the dates and editors/agents attending by using this link or going to May 21st on my blog.  

We end the conference with our Scholarship Raffle.  Tickets are two for $5 or ten tickets for $20.  I have listed some of the items on my blog on May 19th, 22nd and 27th.  We have a all-in-one printer, professional baseball tickets, plays, massage, author critiques, gift cards, free NJSCBWI memberships, money off NJSCBWI events, original artwork and autographed books.  You decide which things you would like to win and then place your tickets in those containers.  Many people win a number of things.  Usually everyone wins something.  It’s a lot of fun.

Friday afternoon, David L Harrison will be signing his books and on Saturday afternoon we are having a bookfair where you can, not only get an autographed copy of one of David’s books, but Saturday’s keynote speaker, Catherine Gilbert Murdock and 24 other published members

I wanted to give you a heads-up of the things you can take advantage of while you are at the conference.  So give it some thought and please come prepared with your calendar and your checkbook.

Registration times:

                  Friday – intensive participants – 8:00 am, buffet breakfast –  intensives start at 8:50 am

                   Friday – Everyone else  – 10:00 am registration opens, First timers and others who have questions – 10:45 am

                             – conference starts at 12:00pm

                   Saturday – all – 8:00 am registration opens, buffet breakfast – conference starts at 8:45 am

If you signed up to attend a first page session, remember to bring three copies of a first page with you.  Have your business cards with you and think about what you might say, if you find yourself talking with an editor or agent.

Also, I can’t be everywhere, so it would be great to have some of you who are attending the conference offer to be a Guest Blogger and write up something about a session or topic discussed.  I’m sure we are going to learn a lot and it would be nice to share.




  1. I live out West, so won’t be attending your wonderful event, but I just wanted to say that I have never seen any event organizer work so hard on the event itself and on keeping everyone informed.

    You wouldn’t wanna run for president of the US, would you? I know-ha ha. But, you are amazing, Kathy.

    Pam B


  2. Pam,

    There you are. How has life been treating you? Glad you are still visiting. I have and my whole team have been working like crazy to make this a great event. We even have some volunteers who have given their time to work, who aren’t even attending the conference.

    Still too much work. I know a company would pay mega bucks to get this type of conference put together. I will be so disappointed if it isn’t fabulous, because we have looked at everything from every angle. But you know if something can go wrong it usually will.

    I’ll let you know what happens when it’s over.



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