Monday, July 4, 2011

Lit Day

Ohmygoodnessimsoexcited! Only 9 more days until Lit Day! If you don't know what Lit Day is, it's one of the LeakyCon 2011 events where some of my favorite authors will speak about writing, editing, and publishing. Some of the speakers I'm most looking forward to hearing are Maureen Johnson, Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, and John Green. Here are the panels I'll be attending:

How Books Saved My Sanity: Obsessed with books? With fictional characters? Yeah, so were these authors. We get it. This panel supports your addiction and discusses how an intense relationship with reading enhances your life—also, now the new online community of writers and readers is changing the way we read.
Cheryl Klein, Libba Bray, John Green, Stephanie Perkins, Lena Roy

Editors: Editors discuss how they go about acquiring and editing YA—how they have to balance their love of a book with the business of publishing. Q&A included. 
David Levithan, Cheryl Klein, Julie Strauss-Gabel
: Ally Carter

The Relationship Panel: An author, an agent, and an editor walk into a convention center. This is not a joke - it's actually a panel. Meet two author-agent-editor teams and find out how they work together to produce a book. 
Team I
: Stephanie Perkins, Kate Schafer-Testerman and Julie Strauss Gabel
Team II
: Libba Bray, Barry Goldblatt, David Levithan
: Rebecca Sherman

Love and Romance: What’s the deal here? Common wisdom says girls demand these things in their books and boys dislike them... but is that true? How do authors decide how to handle the squishy bits of life? How is LGBTQ literature bringing a fresh perspective? How far can scenes go? Is there really a difference between a love story and a romance novel? This panel wants to be in a relationship with you on Facebook, so you know it is serious. 
With: Ally Carter, John Green, Kate Schafer-Testerman, Scott Westerfeld, Stephanie Perkins, David Levithan
: Robin Wasserman

I Was a Teenage Author: Think all published authors start out writing works of pure, undiluted genius? Think your work is terrible and you’ll never get anywhere, ever? Be prepared to be amazed. Authors read actual works from their tortured teenage years, giving you hope and inspiration to keep going.
Scott Westerfeld, David Levithan, Libba Bray, John Green, Robin Wasserman, Stephanie Perkins
: Maureen Johnson

 I promise to share everything I learn with you and pictures from the event! Keep checking for updates!