Three years ago, May B. won first place for a novel excerpt at the Jambalaya Writers’ Conference. This year I’m headed back to Houma, Louisiana to present at the conference. It’s a thrill to be included on the roster this year! If you happen to live around the New Orleans area, I’d love to meet you.
Here are my topics:Verse Novels — From Homer to Ellen Hopkins: Long a mainstay in classical literature, the verse novel has made a comeback in children’s literature in the last fifteen years. What’s the appeal? Learn about the authors and titles which have had an impact on the genre, why an author would choose to write this way, and if your story might best be told through verse.DIY Marketing Plan: Authors nowadays are expected to play bigger and bigger roles in spreading the word about their books. What, exactly, does this look like? Learn to identify and reach your target audience in traditional and non-traditional ways, produce materials to compliment your book, and create your own marketing plan.I’ll share about the conference once I return — and don’t worry: I’ll eat a bowl of gumbo for you.