come and join the fun!


Where will you be on Saturday, October 17, 2009?

I’ll be at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel in Arlington, Virginia, attending my very first Kidlitosphere Conference!

In the two years I’ve been blogging, I’ve only been able to meet a handful of the many people I’ve connected with online. It’ll be fun to compare online personas with in-person personalities. What do their voices sound like? Do any of them have accents? Are they really as nice as they seem online? And how do some of them manage to read and review so many dang books and still lead normal lives?

Yes, I’m quite curious about the attendees, but I’m also excited about the great sessions Pam (MotherReader) has lined up. There’s still time to register and lock in the discount hotel rate of $109/night, so if you’d like to join us, please do!

Here’s more from Pam:

For authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers in the area of children’s and Young Adult literature, the KidLitosphere Conference on October 17th in Arlington, Virginia, offers an incredible opportunity to learn more about online reviewers, blog book tours, blog writing, and social media. Participants will also talk to forty book reviewing bloggers one-on-one about their books in a Meet the Author session. The dinner gives everyone a chance to socialize, talk, network, and collaborate. And all for a low $100 registration fee that includes breakfast and dinner.

Featured sessions for authors/illustrators include:

  • It’s Not All About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Author Blogs
  • Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?)
  • Building a Better Online Presence with Blogging

And several more sessions in the 8:00–5:00 p.m day. Attending authors will have the opportunity to set up a table and show their books to bloggers and promote fall titles. The small conference size allows for more chances for interaction among attendees.

Registration has been extended, so for more information and to register visit the conference page. Discount hotel rates are also available.


I really hope you’re going. I would love to meet you!!

Click here for a more detailed post about the conference from MotherReader.

15 thoughts on “come and join the fun!

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    Elaine M.

    I had actually planned to go to the conference this year–but I very much doubt that I will. This is the year that Tomie dePaola turned 75. There are a couple of special things planned on October 17th in celebration of Tomie’s 75th birthday at the Eric Carle Museum and at the Michelson Galleries, which are located out in western Massachusetts–in Amherst and Northampton, respectively. I’d really like to attend both of those events.

    Besides, I’m going to NCTE in Philadelphia in November to attend the poetry party for Lee Bennett Hopkins and the Books for Children Luncheon at which Lee is to receive the 2009 NCTE Award for Poetry. That trip will put a dent in my wallet.

    I’m sorry I won’t have the opportunity to meet you–maybe next year.


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