One last thing (OK maybe two, or three, or twelve…)


I’m packing my suitcase this evening and getting ready for that lonnnnnng drive over to MD tomorrow but I wanted to swing by the blog and do one more post of “good to know” items for those of you attending the conference this weekend.

So, since I’ve still got packing to do, let’s get to it! (and yes I’m posting this a wee bit early but wanted to catch you all with this before you hit the road!)

For those staying on site:

Please be sure to bring a blow dryer with you as they are not provided in the rooms at The Claggett Center.  This of course assumes you use a blow dryer – if not then no need (it’s not like a towel in Hitchhikers Guide so you’ll be safe without one!)


Missed out on signing up for an intensive?  Not to worry – there is still space available! Just email mddewv@scbwi  with the name of the intensive you would like to attend and bring a check for payment with you on Sunday.

For Critiques:

  • Note that all critiques will take place at the Inn in one of the conference rooms. Posted schedules in the main building and at the inn will list names, critique times, and locations.
  • Please arrive a couple of minutes before your scheduled critique so the volunteer can check you in.
  • Please be courteous of your fellow attendees and the reviewers’ time. Everyone receiving a critique has a 15-minute face-to-face session. To be fair to all, please respect the 15-minute limit, even if no one follows you.
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Networking 101


While going to a writing conference to hear industry professionals “talk shop” in a group setting and having your work critiqued are the biggest draws to attending, the most overlooked (and possibly most valuable)  is the opportunity to meet and talk to both  speakers and your peers.

When I say “networking” do you get excited about meeting people or do your palms start to sweat a little? What is proper etiquette when approaching people you’ve not yet met to start or join in on a conversation? Fret no more – I’ve got five secrets to share to get you started and keep you on track! Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with Amy Cloud

Happy Friday, everyone! We are continuing our series of Spring: From the Bay to the Mountains conference interviews. Missed our earlier ones? No problem, here’s the links:

Kate Angelella

Emily Feinberg

Fred Bowen

Heather Alexander

Keynote Speaker: E.B. Lewis

Oh, and I forgot to include a reminder to use the hashtag #bay2m for tweets in my last all things conference post, which kind of means it didn’t include all things, right? ;)

From Simon & Schuster website

From Simon & Schuster website

Today, we have Amy Cloud in the cyber chair! Amy is an editor at Aladdin Books at Simon & Schuster, where she has edited everything from picture books to nonfiction, though her heart is in realistic middle-grade and tween novels and humorous chapter books. She’s on the lookout for engaging, relatable characters—especially boy protagonists; quirky voices; unique concepts; and gut-busting humor. At Aladdin she’s lucky enough to work with talent such as Bruce Coville, Debbie Dadey, and Jen Malone and Gail Nall. Prior to joining Simon & Schuster, Amy was an editor at Callaway Arts & Entertainment, where she edited books by best-selling authors such as David Kirk, Madonna, and Jill Abramson.

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All Things Conference!

So, who’s excited about the upcoming Spring: From the Bay to the Mountains conference? Hands? Hands?


You know my hand is raised. And I’m doubly excited about staying at the new Christiane Inn at the Clagett Center and participating in all the fun activities planned! In case you don’t know what activities I’m talking about, I thought I’d do a giant ALL THINGS CONFERENCE post today to get you up to speed.

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Keynote Speaker: E. B. Lewis

Well, we are now just about two weeks away from the start of our 2015 conference, Spring: From the Bay to the Mountains. I am excited!


And according to Sue Poduska and Sue Peters, our Co-Regional Advisors, “E.B. Lewis, our keynote speaker, is reason enough to attend. His artist’s eye and imagination have created moving stories and a dynamic career. You’ll admire and be inspired.”

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Hear ye, Hear ye! We need your legal questions!


(courtesy of  concord press.

Do you have a question about contracts, structuring your business, or copyright and intellectual property? If so, send it to MDDEWV@SCBWI.ORG before the conference. Attorney Razvan Miutescu will give an overview based on your interests during his presentation “The Arts from a Legal Perspective.” We must emphasize, this is an overview, not specific legal advice! He will also introduce us to the pro bono services of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Razvan Miutescu is an attorney at the law firm Gorman and Williams. His business practice focuses on providing outside general counsel services primarily to financial institutions and technology companies. In his litigation practice, he represents and counsels clients in Maryland state and federal courts, as well as clients with operations on a national level. Razvan is a board member and volunteer attorney for the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts. He lectures on a regular basis to entrepreneurs through programs of the Maryland Small Business Development Center and the Women Entrepreneurs of Baltimore.


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Coffee and Conversation with Heather Alexander

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is enjoying the more seasonable weather we have today. Try not to track mud into the house.

At our conference less than three weeks from now (very soon!) we will have as one of our distinguished faculty the lovely Heather Alexander, Literary Agent at Pippin Properties where she handles PB/MG/YA. Heather comes from a book-loving family and for six years was an editor at Dial BFYR; some of you may remember her last visit to our region, at the March 2011 conference. We are happy to have her back, and invited her to visit us today in the Cyber Cafe.

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