Whew! I just got back from a whirlwind trip to Kansas for a wedding and then to Nebraska for a college visit for my son. Now it's back to my desk and everything that a Monday brings!
For those of you who are thinking of registering for the conference... There's plenty of time.
However, there are a few deadlines coming up.
If you plan to submit a manuscript for critique, the postmark deadline is tomorrow (Oct 20). You don't need a fancy format -- just typed and double-spaced. Word limit is 1500 words. If you're submitting a first chapter from a novel, you still need to honor the 1500 word limit. (It's also a good idea to include a cover letter with a brief description of your manuscript and some background information about yourself as a writer.)
if you're planning to spend the night in Hill City, please call the Best Western Golden Spike Inn & Suites for reservations. If you call by Oct 21 and mention the writers conference, you can get the rate of $49/night. (You have to call them directly at 605.574.2577 -- The rate is not available online.)
Please let me know if you have questions.
Regional Advisor - Dakotas
Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators