Some of us are going this year, and some of us went other years.
I’ve never gotten to go before, this is my first time, and boy am I nervous, you guys. Not only am I fretting about my portfolio, but I’m REALLY REALLY REALLY shy, so I’m worrying about being too shy and not talking to anyone and hiding in a corner and then drinking too much coffee to become less shy but then I might have to pee every ten minutes and spend my entire conference in line for the ladies’ room. And then getting the hem of my skirt tucked into my tights. Also, I’m worried about my new business cards.
Fortunately, Jill and Brooke are going too, so I’ll know someone ahead of time!

Here’s a collection of links about going to the conference, what to expect, and advice! Please share your SCBWI conference tips & experiences in the comments.

Angela blogs about the 2011 summer conference:
http://www.angelatoshoppe.blogspot.com/2011/08/2011-scbwi-la-conference.html

Jill gives a recap of the 2010 summer conference:
http://artonthepage.blogspot.com/2010/08/back-from-la-conference.html

Brooke talks about her experiences at the 2011 conference:
http://brookeboynton.blogspot.com/2011/08/after-conference.html

Heather Powers gives some helpful tips:
http://blog.heatherpowersart.com/2011/07/scbwi-conference-tips-for-newbies.html

Debbie Ohi (inkygirl) made these awesomely hilarious comics & gives more advice:
http://inkygirl.com/inkygirl-main/2012/1/23/comics-for-scbwi-conference-newbies-or-any-writingillustrati.html

Molly Idle’s fabulous tips on promo postcards:
http://idleillustration.com/?p=1009

Kelly Light’s awesome recap of the Summer 2011 Conference:
http://kellylight.com/2011/08

Here’s what Diandra Mae had to say about it too:
http://diandramae.blogspot.com/2011_08_01_archive.html

Note: I can’t wait to meet everyone in person!

This has nothing to do with the conference, but a few years ago I went to one of Lynda Barry’s writing workshops, Writing the Unthinkable (HIGHLY RECOMMEND, YOU GUYS, OMG) and she has this marvelous way of making you, well, believe in yourself. Which is the title of this article about it:
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/30/magazine/cartoonist-lynda-barry-will-make-you-believe-in-yourself.html?pagewanted=all

And I think that’s really the secret ingredient, right? Confidence!!!
Also, coffee!