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June 2004 Conference Highlights

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Thanks to all who made our Summer 2004 Conference a success!

"Everything You've Always Wanted to
Know About Writing for Children"
(but were embarrassed to ask.)

June 12-13, 2004
Embassy Suites Hotel (Plaza)

Learning from Pros
Literary Agent, Erin Murphy explains how to break into the business.

A special thank you to our amazing faculty:

Erin Murphy,
Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Flagstaff, AZ

Eileen Robinson, Executive Editor
Children's Press/Scholastic Library
Danbury, CT

Pam Zollman, Author
Former Editor Highlights for Children
Honesdale, PA

Melanie Chrismer, Author
Atlanta, GA

Nancy Devard, Illustrator

Anne Bauman, Author and JWKC member
Toni Watson, JWKC Facilitator

Thanks to all of you who made our first annual children's writing conference a literary and financial success:

Culinaire International
Embassy Suites Hotel on the Plaza
Highlights for Children
The Highlights Foundation
The Kansas City Call
Kansas City Metro Area Children's Library Specialists
Rainy Day Books
Reading Reptile
Robert Taylor of Bob's Handyman Service
Scholastic Library/Children's Press
Scholastic Magazine Division
University of Health Sciences

and many others . . . .

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Here's the results of our "surprise incentive."

From those manuscripts received in advance for critique, seven authors got a head start towards publishing and mentors to guide them.

Please join us in a hearty CONGRATULATIONS for the following authors:

Eileen Robinson, Executive Editor of Scholastic Library will mentor:

Judy Jensen Hyde
Mary Schulte
Karin Lindstrom
Julie Mettenburg

Mentoring will be done on Eileen's own personal time and she has pledged to create a "little program" for her protegees to work through.

Scholastic Library is normally closed to unsolicited submissions.

Erin Murphy Literary Agency has offered representation to:

Katie Speck

calling her funny, engaging novel MAYBELLE the tightest example of work from a first time novelist she has seen in a while.

Erin has requested to see additional work from first-time novelists:

Stephanie (Elizabeth) Bunce
Barbara Stuber

Erin Murphy Literary Agency represents more than 40 authors and is closed to new clients without referral.

Pam Zollman has offered to mentor the following authors through completion of their project:

Lisa Edwards
Elissa Elliot

An accomplished author and writing instructor, Pam is one of the best mentors in the field. Her book, DON'T BUG ME, was named to the Florida State reading list.