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Writer’s Digest Conference and Contest!

This January 20th to 22nd, I will be participating in the Writer’s Digest Conference at the Sheraton in New York City! I’m very excited about this conference.

On Saturday morning, I will be speaking on an agent panel and taking agent- and publishing-related Q&A with some fellow agents and moderated by 2012 CHILDREN’S WRITER’S AND ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET editor and Guide to Literary Agents blogger Chuck Sambuchino.

Then, Saturday afternoon, I will be in a room with over 60 literary agents for the annual Pitch Slam. You will have unprecedented access to come and pitch your book to some of the brightest and most hungry agents in the business. There is a nice mix of kidlit, adult, and non-fiction agents represented (and representing!).

On Sunday, I will be speaking about today’s kidlit marketplace and how to get published there. Yep, I am all over this conference, guys. But I’m not the only fantastic speaker. The Saturday keynote is digital/indie publishing guru and adult thriller writer Barry Eisler and I just saw that Chris Baty, the genius behind NaNoWriMo, which I know some of you just finished, has been added as a speaker, too!

The great thing about the Writer’s Digest Conference is that they’re running a special holiday promotion right this minute. If you register for the conference before midnight on December 16th, you will get a $50 discount. Just click here and use the following promo code: HOLIDAYWDC

If you’re going, spread the word on Twitter and Facebook by mentioning @WritersDigest and the hashtag #WDC12

It’s not too late to book that dream trip to NYC and get your 2012 writing goals off to a strong start at the Writer’s Digest Conference. And, of course, if you’re reader and planning on going, I would love to meet you!

Now, I also have a super special holiday gift for you guys. Speaking of Chuck Sambuchino and the new 2012 CHILDREN’S WRITER’S AND ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET, I have two copies to give away!

Inside this handy volume, you will find articles on craft, writing, submitting, and landing an agent, interviews with kidlit glitterati like M.T. Anderson and Meg Cabot, and updated listings for agents, publishers, and magazines that take work from children’s writers and illustrators. If you want to land an agent or find a market for your work in 2012, this is the book for you.

I highly recommend it. In fact, you will see a familiar face featured on the back cover, and an official blurb from me that reads:

Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market is the most complete, trusted, definitive, and inspiring source of publishing opportunities for children’s writers and illustrators working today.

It’s true. Not only did I lend my mug and stamp of approval to the book, but I have two articles featured inside. One is about writer’s conferences, like the Writer’s Digest Conference this very January in NYC, and how to make the best of your investment in them (whether it’s your first or your fiftieth), and the other covers my three favorite craft issues: Voice, Character, and Authority, with lots of juicy annotated examples from my favorite MG and YA books on shelves.

So if you want to see examples of Voice that works — an especially tricky topic that lots of writers struggle with — pick up a copy today! This elegant guide is crammed full of useful information and updated agency, publisher, and magazine listings to make your quest toward publication a no-brainer. Let 2012 be the year you really MARKET your writing!

Because I want you to have an awesome writer’s holiday gift this year, either for you or for a loved one, I am giving away two free copies of the 2012 CHILDREN’S WRITER’S AND ILLUSTRATOR’S MARKET to two writers randomly selected from the comments. Leave a comment below (make sure to include your email address in the comment form, though know that only I will be able to see it and it won’t be published on the site). Deadline for entries is midnight, Tuesday, December 20th. The winner will be announced in Wednesday the 21st’s blog, and then I will ship your copy to you next week. (US residents only, please.)

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  1. Diane Geiser’s avatar

    Thanks for another great year of Kidlit, Mary, and for the contest as well!

  2. Stephanie Morales’s avatar

    So much to learn and so little time. Count Me In!!

  3. MelissaMM’s avatar

    I just love your giveaway’s. Happy Holidays!

  4. Stella Michel’s avatar

    Um, forgot to enter my email address in my comments. Am still interested in winning a copy of CWIM. Wish I could attend the NY SCBWI conference but it’s not to be this year.

    Thanks again for sponsoring this and for your wonderful and informative blog.

  5. Laura Madsen’s avatar

    This would be a wonderful birthday present… for me of course. : ) Thanks for the contest!

  6. Josh’s avatar

    Thanks for the info (and opportunity to win)!

  7. Jeff DeCoursey’s avatar

    Thanks for the contest Mary!

  8. Jami SS’s avatar

    Meeting you and Mr. Sambuchino this summer at the HAWC was extremely helpful to my writing. I wish i could see you both again at the WDC. Winning a CWAIM copy would be a great consolation. *fingers crossed

  9. Diane’s avatar

    Thank you and awesome opportunity to win!!! :O)

  10. Erik Metz’s avatar

    Since you are randomly selecting winners, I guess it won’t help for me to compliment you on your amazing looks, debonair personality, and enormous talent. Oh well.

  11. H. Ann Snizek M.’s avatar

    What a wonderful contest. I Love it! Of course, I’d love it more if I win, but it’s still amazing either way!

  12. Marilyn Levinson’s avatar

    Now that I’m back in the kiddy market again, putting up my out-of-print books on Kindle and CreateSpace, I’d love to win a copy of CWIM.
    Happy Holidays!

  13. Jeni Bell’s avatar

    Ooo, I am so in need of this book. In 2011, my querying came to a halt as I focused on revising one novel and starting another; now, I’m ready to query again, and I haven’t kept tabs on who’s new. Thank you for the opportunity. Happy holidays!

  14. Susan Bergen’s avatar

    Write, illustrate, write, illustrate, write, illustrate. Now which shall I do first? Mmmm.

  15. Julia Munroe Martin’s avatar

    Would love to win this book! Happy Holidays!

  16. beth’s avatar

    Thanks for all the great info and advice!

  17. kellye crocker’s avatar

    just squeaking in under the deadline (b/c you’re on West Coast time, right?). The conference sounds wonderful…would love to go. (And I know you’ll kick bootay because you were a great speaker at our Vermont gathering last summer.) Thank you for the chance to win the book!
    Happy Holidays!

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