The Writers League of Texas has a couple of great events coming up of interest to the youth literature community.
The first, the 2010 agents-editors conference, will be held in Austin on June 25-27. On Saturday, at 10:15, I will be moderating a panel titled Kid Lit: One Hot Market, with editor Mary Colgan of Chronicle Books; agent Laurie McLean of Larsen-Pomada Literary Agents; and Alice Tasman of Jean V. Naggar Literary Agency.
At 1:45, Jennifer Ziegler will be moderating a panel called YA, YA, YA Not: How to Tell if your Book is for Adults or Teens or Both, with editor Mary Colgan and author Mari Mancusi.
On Sunday, at 9, Laurie McLean and Alice Tasman will be on a panel titled Trendspotting: The Forecast for YA and Children's Books.
Also on Sunday at 9, I will be on a panel moderated by Clay Smith (Literary Director of the Texas Book Festival), called The Ties that Bind: The Agent/Author Relationship. Also on that panel will be James Fitzerald of the James Fitzgerald Agency, Jill Marr of the Sandra Dijkstra Agency, and author David Marion Wilkinson.
Many other panels (including many of interest to both adult and children's authors) will be ongoing, and the event also presents writers with the chance to "pitch" their work to an agent. Also noteworthy is the Saturday keynote luncheon, which will honor winners of the Writers League Manuscript Contest for 2010.
Check out the conference page here to confirm times.
The second is the 2010 Writing Retreat at Sul Ross University in Alpine. Austin's own Jennifer Ziegler will be discussing "Writing the YA Novel."