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KidLitCon 2009 - Washington DCAs folks return from their vacations, it’s time for a total reminder about the KidLitosphere Conference, taking place on October 17th, 2009, in Washington, DC. The conference is open to bloggers — and wannabe bloggers — in children’s and young adult literature — which includes YA/Kidlit authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers who blog or would like to blog.

The day starts with breakfast from 7:00 to 8:00 a.m, where you can catch up with old friends or meet new ones. The sessions go from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and will cover:
  • The Blog Within: An Interview With Your Inner Blogger
  • Building a Better Blog: Best Practices, Ideas, and Tips
  • Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    It’s All About the Book: Better Book Reviews
    It’s Not About Your Book: Writing Ideas for Blogging Authors
  • Split Reviewer/Author Sessions:
    Social Networking for Fun (and Profit?)
  • Authors, Publishers, Reviewers (and ARCs): A Panel Conversation
  • Coming Together, Giving Back: Building Community, Literacy, and the Reading Message (KidLitosphere Central/PBS/RIF/Literacy)
There will also be a “Meet the Author” time during the day, where writers and illustrators can share their books. A fun dinner to mix and mingle is scheduled for 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. with the continuing party moving to the hotel bar. The registration fee for all of this — including the breakfast and dinner — is only $100. It’s a total bargain.

We have tour of the Library of Congress scheduled for 1:00 p.m. on Friday afternoon and a tour of the children's section at 3:00. On Friday evening, we’ll gather for dinner near the hotel around 6:00 p.m. Sunday’s expedition may involve a local DC bookstore, Politics and Prose. We're still working on the details.

Rooms are currently on hold at the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel for the amazing rate of $109 a night. They will only be held until September 16th, and if our block is filled before then, that low rate may not be available.

It should be noted that the hotel is a mile from National Airport and free shuttle service is available. A Metro Station is on the same block, allowing travel to Washington in minutes. In fact, downtown DC is only two miles away. The hotel is right next to the Crystal City Shops and a few blocks from the upscale Fashion Center at Pentagon City. If you want more information about the hotel, visit the website of the Sheraton Crystal City Hotel.

The registration form is available at KidLitosphere Central. There are a limited number of spaces available, so please sign up soon. Here are some of the bloggers who will be coming to the conference:
And authors and publishers including:


Michelle said...

Keep an eye out in the mail for my registration it went out snail style this weekend :)

I'm so excited to get the chance to send time with you all!

Abby said...

Yayayayay! I'm so excited for KidLitCon! Thanks for posting a list of authors who are attending - I'll track down some books from those with whom I'm not familiar. :)

Wendy said...

I'm PRETTY sure I'm going to be able to get the days off work, and am getting excited... I'm also PRETTY sure that Laurel Snyder is going to be my new BFF. I just hope she sees it the same way.

Color Online said...

I've posted info under our Events tab. Hope you have a great time.

jone said...

Oh I am SO sad to not be going! ugh. It loooks great!

jone said...

I am sooo bummed that I am not attending this year. Drat! It is a lonesome feeling.

Unknown said...

Hi Pam,
My name's Paula, not Paige. Although Paige is a pretty nice name. So is Phoebe. But my name's Paula.


MotherReader said...

Paula/Paige - I changed it. I don't know where I got the wrong name, unless it just seemed like Paige would be a great name for a librarian. ;^)

Wendie O said...

Oh my goodness -- three Wendys and a Wendie. All in one place? (Did I miscount? Are there more?)

The book I"m famous for is the one you mentioned -- To Fly. The book I"m bringing for the signing table is THE HALLOWEEN BOOK OF FACTS AND FUN. And perhaps more Busy Fingers and Busy Toes to match those of my co-writer, Mary Bowman-Kruhm.

-Wendie Old

Joan Holub said...

Looking forward to this! I'm bringing ARCs of Groundhog Weather School (Putnam) and Shampoodle (Random House) and Apple Countdown (Albert Whitman). See you soon.