Happy Friday, everyone! 🙂
Today, we’re starting our series of pre-Lucky 13: Make 2013 Your Lucky Year conference interviews in hopes of offering attendees a way to get to know our presenters and to get you excited about the event!
First up in the cyber chair is Jenne Abramowitz, Senior Editor at Scholastic, where she acquires chapter book and mid-grades through young adult fiction.
Jenne has worked with many authors and illustrators, such as Marion Dane Bauer, Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Frank Remkiewicz, Beth Ain, Pam Muñoz Ryan, Robert Neubecker, and Kevin Sherry. She looks for commercial voices and high-concept plots. Jenne loves mysteries, modern fantasy, adventure, humor, ghost stories, and anything with a really juicy secret.
Jenne will be presenting a workshop session on Saturday titled, The Next Chapter: Writing and Publishing Chapter Book Series and she will be participating in the First Pages and Editor/Agent Panel on Sunday. And now that she’s ready to chat with her favorite coffeehouse beverage … tea—hot or iced, depending on the season, especially if it’s mint infused, and her favorite snack … almonds or nuts of any kind really … let’s begin!
First off, Jenne, what was your favorite book as a child?
Easy. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin was my absolute favorite book when I was young, and it’s still my favorite. It’s just so clever and has so many layers!
You magically find a $100.00 bill in your box of cereal. In what frivolous way would you spend it? (Key word: Frivolous!)
I’ve always wanted a fancy pocket watch on a chain with a mysterious message engraved on the back….
Ooo, fantastically frivolous! Okay, if you followed the career path you chose for yourself in high school, what would you be doing for a living now?
I’d be stage managing plays on Broadway or working as a diplomat abroad. But it’s for the best these didn’t work out. I’m not much of a night owl, so a life in the theater would be a challenge for me. And while I certainly can choose my words carefully, I tend to just say what’s on my mind, so my version of diplomacy might have caused international incidents!
What’s your favorite quote?
“Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities have crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day. You shall begin it serenely and with too high a spirit to be encumbered by your old nonsense.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you could sum up your best advice for new writers or illustrators in only four words, what would it be?
Write/Draw from your heart.
Awesome, thanks for participating, Jenne, and we’re looking forward to hearing you speak at the conference!
Happy writing and drawing, everyone. 🙂 And if you’re still not sure about registering, be sure to check out yesterday’s post … Ten Reasons to Attend a Writer’s Conference!