I went to my first SCBWI Schmooze last night. I’ve been a member for a year now (just renewed my membership), but have never participated in any of the events. This year, I promised myself to get more involved. I sought out the Westside Schmooze group because I couldn’t get any information about the South Bay Schmooze group (If you know anything on this group, please let me know!). The Westside meets once a month. Last night’s topic was “Presenting Yourself Online.” Over 50 people attended. I thought it was really well-organized. Lee and Rita (the Schmooze organizers) were fantastic. The vibe of the group was open and inviting. I left feeling really excited about being part of a writer’s community. I also got to meet several of the folks whose names I see all the time in my SCWBI newsletter and on the listserves.
I left with a long to-do list for my online marketing, as well as several blogs and websites from fellow authors that I want to check out. If you haven’t tried a Schmooze, I highly recommend it. They meet in Santa Monica. The next one is 3/9 and the topic is Picture Book Critique (bring your manuscript). Do you have any SCBWI events to recommend?