Hello from the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers Conference in Sandy, Utah. First off, if you live in Utah, I have two book signings today and tomorrow. Please come!
1. (Today)Wednesday, June 19 Sugarhouse Barnes & Noble, Salt Lake City, 7pm
2. (Tomorrow)Thursday, June 20 Salt Lake City Costco (1818S 300W) 10- noon.
Allyson is plenty busy, working on at lest 45 titles a year-that includes the Summer, Spring and Fall seasons. She just launched her Summer 2014 list. Her days consist of meetings, meetings, more meetings, and paperwork. At her desk, she spends most of her time on emails. Her editing is done on the weekends and her manuscript reading is done on the train ride home.
She originally wanted to be a journalist, and even went to school to earn a journalism degree. However, one day a Simon and Schuster associate program flyer crossed her path, and she signed up to intern. When all was said and done, she had discovered her true love, editorial work, and the rest is history. She has been with S&S ever since.
The main topic of her speech was about using social media as a writer. Her three big musts were Twitter, Facebook and blogging. Though she emphasized that you should only do that which you feel comfortable. She did mention that the first thing the editors do at S&S is check an author's social media presence to see what they are doing, and who they are connected too. A bit of sage advice- don't pitch online using twitter or Facebook!
That's all for now. More to come soon.