Friday, August 9, 2013

SCBWI-LA 2013! My First Conference Ever!

I'd been dying to go to a conference for years. And it was really difficult for me since--some of you already know--I'm living in Chile. But I finally saved up money and WENT! :) It was really awesome because I could finally meet most of my critique partners there. Also, it was the first time I'd ever been in LA!

I'm posting some pics for those of you who couldn't make it--because when I couldn't go to one of these, I was always looking for pics to live vicariously. :) Hope you enjoy!

With my CP Stacey Lee and Leslie Rose having lunch at the mall. And then with Beth Hull and Evelyn Ehrlich and Nicole Castroman and Tracy Wymer too!

Then again with my CP Stacey Lee and the lovely Krista Marino from Delacorte. And the next pic is with the awesome editor Ari Lewin! :) The last pic is with the amazing Claudia Gabel at KT/HarperCollins.

With my other amazing CP, Holly Cagney at the airport!  

 With the lovely Julie Musil! And the next pic is with Stacey and Brodi Ashton and Cynthia Hand. And then there's the conference room--when the conference was just about to start and I was so excited! :)

 The first pic there is with Gretchen McNeil--I was so excited to meet her because she was in my very first critique group. :) And then it's Debra Driza and me and Stacey. Debra was my very first CP!! Like a zillion years ago! That's at the Saturday pool party at the hotel.

 I also met some amazing authors, like Matt de la Peña (the first pic--and also my very good friend Leslie Rose is in that pic). Then it's Bruce Degen and me, and finally it's the amazing Veronica Rossi and Leslie and me. Veronica said she'd been to Chile and she loved it! I was so proud, haha! :)



  1. So sad it's over. *sobs* We had so much fun!

  2. What fun! Looks like you had a marvelous time. :)

  3. This looks like so much fun, amiga. I wish I could have met you in person when you came to the US. :( !!!

  4. I'm so glad you had a good conference in LA! I'd love to go one of these years. I'm so sad I didn't get to see you on your big US trip, but maybe that means I'll just have to get myself down to Chile before too long. :)

  5. It was great to meet you, Monica! I hope our paths cross again soon!

  6. Wow, you were so good about taking photos! I went for the first time last year - it was a bit overwhelming. Glad you had fun and got to connect with so many friends.

    1. I wish you would have gone this year so we could have met!

  7. Looks like so much fun. Wish I could have gone. My cousin goes every year and I keep telling myself I will join her one of these years. Who knows maybe next year and with any luck, maybe I'll have some good news to share about my new book, Mason Davis and the Rise of the Storm Makers, which just came out this summer.

  8. How did I miss this post! Such AMAZING memories. I'm still smiling. MISS YOU.