Blop. Blop, Blop. And 5 More profound quotes from scbwi NYC 2015: Day one

SCBWI is the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. 1100+ of us have gathered in NYC for the 16th Annual Winter Conference. #NY15SCBWI

When the morning begins with Anthony Horowitz, the first and only author approved by the Conan Doyle Estate to continue the Sherlock Holmes tradition, you know it's going to be a fantastic day. There is so much I want to soak in from this experience, but time is flying, and our day starts early, so for now I'm going to do a rundown of favorite quotes.

Don’t write down for children, make the children rise up to you.
— Anthony Horowitz
If you’re a writer, there’s no way you have only one book in you.
— Heather Alexander, Pippin Properties
I need to know about worlds that are not mine so I become more interesting and tolerant.
— On why all of us - publishers through readers - need diverse books. Beverly Horowitz, Bantam Delacorte at Random House
Aimee Thomas, Herve Tullet and Michelle Fandrich #ny15scbwi

Aimee Thomas, Herve Tullet and Michelle Fandrich #ny15scbwi

Blop! Blop, Blop. Blop, blop, blop. Blop, blop, blop, blop. Blop, blop, blop, blop, blop!
— Herve Tullet
The only unbreakable rule is ‘think of the kids you’re creating for. And be that kid.’
— Jess Garrison, Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Random House
But, for those of you who are taking a chance and writing a crazy book that goes against the grain, what I really want you to know is that the right book at the right time can save a kid’s life or change it. And that’s just as important. The book you’re writing now could be that book for a kid.
— Kami Garcia

As Kami Garcia said--the right book at the right time can change your life. For Kami, it was The Outsiders. What was yours? Leave a note in the comments--What did it say to you? Why did it come at the perfect moment for you? Does it still resonate today?

I'll give a more thoughtful recap in the weeks to come--as the advice crosses media and audience, there was much of interest to writers of every persuasion.

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