3 S.R. Johannes: What I learned in LA (outside of the amazing knowledge I have already shared)

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

What I learned in LA (outside of the amazing knowledge I have already shared)

  • Friends you have met online are just as important to you as your friends in person. They know you so well. (heartfelt shout out to Kim, Katie, Lindsay, and SF Hardy)
  • I love blogger buddies, they are even cooler in person. (shout out to Sherri, Lisa S, Christy, Elizabeth, Jess, Heather, Amanda, Suzanne, Jay, Shana, Jolie, Cindy P, Tammy Sauer, Cynthea Liu, LK)
  • New friends that you connect to in a special way, that laugh at the same things you do, and that you will never forget are hard to find but when you find them, you know they are forever (shout out to Stephanie, Tyler, Bill, Graehm, and Paul)
  • Agent and editors are people too. They can be cool if you let them. (special shout out to Marietta and Sarah!)
  • I am a writer at heart. Always have and always will be.
  • I will go to LA as much as I can. It is so worth it. IN more ways than I can possibly put into words. To be in a room full of book worms is very rewarding and now I know - I am not weird! Ok wait. I am weird so I guess I learned - you all are weird too!
  • I have a short - no very short - attention span.
  • My butt flattened from sitting in those chairs. I swear it is about an inch wider.
  • Never wear your heels to the food court - one word - blisters. price you pay for looking good!
  • SF Hardy takes good notes so I dont have to. Hope she lets me copy hers ;)
  • Sometimes you learn more in the lobby than in the classrooms.
  • Egmont's profits go to children's charities. They are technically a not-for-profit publisher.
  • SCBWI rocks!
  • I am inspired to write more.
  • It is possible to sell a book and get published all within 6 months! (believe it! t happened per Wendy Loggia)
  • Alot of writers are funny!
  • The boys bathroom is a whole different universe that us girls will NEVER understand. nor would we want to (which of course would only be for a boy book research)
Pure brilliance!


Tyler said...

How the heck did you learn so much in ONE weekend?? I need to look into this here SCBWI thingy.

It was great meeting you this weekend!

lisa and laura said...

Glad you had such a great time! Hope to join you guys next year!

Corey Schwartz said...

I am hoping that everyone will come to NY for the winter conference so I won't have to travel so far!

Stephanie Faris said...

I think it's awesome that so many of you met on here, then in person. That makes going to the conference all that much more valuable.

Casey Something said...

Thanks for sharing your conference experience with us, Shelli! Loved reading through all your notes.

Susan R. Mills said...

Sounds wonderful! Glad you're back. Boys' bathrooms are a little odd, arent' they?

Kimbra Kasch said...

I am always inspired at any SCBWI meeting, conference or retreat.

Thanks for sharing your LA muse with us.

Kelly Polark said...

Thanks for sharing your fun and funny SCBWI moments!

Kimberly Derting said...

I learned that Shelli is going to be a superstar. Seriously, friend her now, before she's too big for all of us!

Oh, and boys can dot an "i" in the men's room. Icky, but true!


Blogger buddies are great. Writers are great. SCBWI is great. So much greatness I can hardly stand it. :)

Writers are big nerds, but the best kind. We get each other's jokes. We connect without having to say anything at all.

I learned that I cry easily when I'm inspired. Damn inspiring people! :)

I am SO going back to this thing as many times as possible.

(p.s. Next time, I really need to pour one out for LMJ. I, er, kind of forgot. Shhh!)

Elana Johnson said...

This is my favorite list ever. I can't wait to go to LA one year. :)

Sherrie Petersen said...

I totally agree that you can learn more in the lobby than in the classrooms! And I'm so glad we got to hang out, Shelli. It was great meeting you in person =)

Christina Farley said...

I love your list! Too funny. And you're right about Malk!

PJ Hoover said...

so glad you had fun! I love the list, and I'm sure your butt is not wider.
Must go next year!

The Bill Cochran said...


Andrea Cremer said...

Thanks so much for this great list and your day-by-day account of the conference. I was really bummed to miss it this year, but I feel like I sponged so much wonderful information from your blogged reports!

Crystal said...

Just got finished reading your notes, Shelli. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing your experience with those of us who couldn't get out to LA. These notes are MARVELOUS!

Sounds like everyone had an awesome time. . . . Now, I definitely want to go to the NY conference (I'm only half an hour from NYC so I really have no excuse--other than monetary!) And if I plan now . . .


Kelly H-Y said...

Awesome list!!! Thanks so much for your updates too!

Vivian Mahoney said...

Glad you had fun and learned a lot! Great list--it cracked me up. And am I the only one curious about the book that was sold and published within 6 months?

Jennie Englund said...

I was sad to miss out, but after reading this post, I feel like I was there!

Cuppa Jolie said...

Great list, Shelli! It was so great meeting you. I just wish we could had a chance to really chat. For sure another time.