Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 17, 2012

Pitfalls and More Explanation

There are some things that you need to watch out for when filling out the new online registration form. In the screen below you can see that you can choose to sign up for three critiques (two editors/agents and one author critique). Erin Clarke has been chosen in the screen shot and the drop-down gives you the times she is available for critique.  You pick the time you want and that spot will disappear for anyone else wanting Erin for that time. 

Scroll pass screen shot for more clarification:

Over to the right, you can click “Details” to read the bios of the faculty. This should help you make an informed descision on who to pick.

Now here is the problem.

The system does not stop you from making the mistake of picking more than two editors and one author, so you could click three editors/agents as you are trying to decide and then forget to click one off and check out with the wrong amount. You may say, that’s okay, I’ll slip by with three editors critiques or I just can’t make up my mind, so let them choose.

You don’t want to do that. This will knock you out of the system and you will lose your chance to get the editors/agents you wanted at the times you wanted to meet with them. We will not be checking registrations on a regular basis, so when it is found, someone else will make the choices for you who has no idea as to what you do and who would be the best choice for you. If you need help Connie Colon will be available to answer your questions and lend a hand. You really should be able to make the decision, because you will have all the information you need to decide on who would be the best fit for you.

This system is going to allow you so much freedom and choice, but you just have to check everything to make sure you didn’t choose more than the amount allowed and that the times do not overlap with something else you have chosen.

You, also, need to make sure you haven’t signed up for a pitch session while you are having a critique. There are a lot of choices, so it would be good to make a schedule. I have designed one you can print out that might help you prepare for when registration goes live.  (Links below)

11:00 am – 12:00 pm Register

12:00 Boxed Lunch in Room with the Intensive Instructor

12:30-4:30 Pick One_____________________________________________________

Critiques: (Extra Cost) List Names and Times

One Editor/Agent Critique:___________

1st editor/agent_______Time:_____2nd author _____Time:_____

3rd editor/agent______Time:______

Author only Critique_________________________

Consultation (if you decide to get one):__________

Art Portfolio Review: Name__________ Time: ___________

AGENT PITCH: Name ______ Time: ______(No Additional Cost)


Remember: Stacey William-Ng, Creative Director at Demibooks is doing consultations with writers to share her expertise on the process of interactive book development and share considerations that authors must face to create stories suited for this medium. During the half hour with Stacey, you will get to discuss projects and ideas you have for creating an interactive book. Stacey is willing to work with groups of three ($45 a person) or meet with individuals ($120).

3:30-4:30 Later Registration for non-Intensive Attendees

4:30-5:30 First Timers Meeting __________________ (No additional Cost)

7:00 – 7:30 pm Registration for attendees just arriving.
7:30 – 9:30+ MIX & MINGLE (extra cost)______________________________

SATURDAY8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast
8:40 – 9:00 Announcements
9:00 – 9:55 Keynote: Dan Yaccarino
10:05-11:00 Workshop_________________________________________
11:10-12:05 Workshop_________________________________________
12:05-1:15 LUNCH Table: Name of Editor/Agent/Art Director__________________________
1:20-2:15 Workshop _____________________________________________
2:25-3:20 Workshop_____________________________________________
3:25 – 4:25 BOOKFAIR
4:30-5:25 Workshop ____________________________________________
6:00- 7:30 Attendee Dinner
7:30 – 10:30 Peer Critique Group _____________________(No additional cost)

8:00 – 9:00 Breakfast & Announcements
9:00-9:55 Keynote: Steve Meltzer
10:05-11:00 Workshop______________________________________
11:10– 12:05 Workshop _____________________________________
12:15–1:10 Workshop ______________________________________
1:15-2:25 LUNCH Table: Name of Editor/Agent/Art Director ____________________________
2:30-3:30 Keynote Kate DiCamillo
3:30-4:30 Book Signing

Click this link to Print PDF of Above

Click this link to Print “Word” Doc of Above

ONE OTHER THING YOU SHOULD KNOW:  Even though I put up the manuscript choices for Margery Cuyler the other day on my blog, you will not find those choices listed with her bio when you register.  Margery informed me she will not know exactly what she will be editing for a few more weeks.  She is remaining Publisher of Marshall Cavendish, but will be moving to the Amazon side of things and they are working on their strategy for the future.  We will put the information up as soon as Margery gets back to us.  She gave us a two week window. 

So what do you do?  You can chose Margery and a time, then keep your fingers crossed that your writing fits when we find out or you can choose someone else and since this system will let you make changes, you could go back and (if there is a space) pick Margery at that time or vica versa.

That is something I failed to mention; if you do not get the spot you were looking for, you can always keep and eye on the registration and if someone changes their mind and the space you wanted opens up, then you can jump in and take the spot.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. This is great that you put this info up, Kathy! This is all new to everyone and there’s going to be SO much wonderful stuff to look at.

    I’d like to add that, on the drop-down lists with all the time-slots to choose from for your critiques, pitches, etc., above the list of times, there’s a “blank space” for you to undo your choice if you make a mistake.


  2. When do you anticipate registration will be open?


    • Marcie, we’re doing everything in our power (including foregoing sleep) to get this open by the 20th. The original date we were hoping for was the 15th, but there are so many details that have to be worked on, in place (many normally not done ’til April, May or June!) and be 100% accurate for online registration. That’s why it’s taking longer, but we’re doing our best, we want it to be right and to go as easily and smoothly as possible. Kathy will notify everyone as soon as the “doors open.” 😀


  3. I noticed a blank next to “lunch table.” Are we able to choose which agent/editor we would like to sit with? I don’t remember getting that option last year.

    Thanks for all your hard work! It doesn’t go unappreciated!


    • Last year the committee worked on the seating charts. This year we’re programming it so that, IF the table you want isn’t full by the time you register (one of the MANY reasons to register early), you can pick the lunch tables for Sat. and Sun. lunch. There will typically be one faculty member at each table 🙂

      This is a “first come, first serve” registration process, even more so than before.


  4. That’s awesome! I’m planning on registering ASAP, I’m just unsure of everyone’s bios so I’ll be checking back regularly to get that info. 🙂 Thanks again!!


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