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I'm Alison. I've been blogging for almost five months. I review mainly YA with a few MG books and a weekly manga feature.
I had the wonderful opportunity to attend Kidlit Con 2010 on Saturday in downtown Minneapolis. We had a great group of bloggers, authors, and publishers in attendance. Most of the audience was geared toward younger books than I typically read, but there was still lots of interesting information.
Some of the sessions:
Blog Platforms and Best Practices
Publicity Panel - Great Q&A with people from Flux, Lerner, and HarperCollins
And the Keynote address by...Maggie Stiefvater!!!!
Maggie was a great speaker. She's upbeat, funny, and rather perky in a way that you wouldn't expect from her angsty books. (I took pictures of Maggie speaking, but they all turned out with her in funny poses, so I'll do her a favor and not post them unless someone else from the conference puts up a decent photo).
I met some great bloggers and authors at the conference:
Authors: Swati Avasthi, Elissa Cruz, Kurtis Scaletta, Blythe Woolston.
Bloggers: Ms Martin Teaches Media, The Wormhole, Jen Robinson's Book Page, From The Mixed Up Files Of Middle Grade Authors.
There were many others there, but these are the ones I actually talked to.
Next year the conference is in Seattle. I'd recommend it!
Here are my books for the week:
The Hole In The Wall by Lisa Rowe Fraustino (won Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature)
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater (I've already read this, but I got a signed copy!)
The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff
I wanted to buy many more from the conference, but this is all the cash I could shell out. I will be checking out lots of library books in the near future, I'm sure.