Toward the end of the month, I'm going to Austin to talk about Back and Forth at the ILA Conference. I'm working on the talk and as usual, I'm getting down to the wire. I got brave last summer and asked Katie Wood Ray to present with me. KATIE WOOD RAY, people! As you undoubtedly know, she's a famous writing workshop guru who has written many amazing books for writing teachers. She's also an editor at Heinemann. So I thought it would be great to have a real editor sharing thoughts on the editor mindset as I share ideas from my editor mindset work with the Thirdlander authors of Popcorn Press. I'm still surprised that Katie said she would do this. How nice is that?
I need to get this power point done so I can send it her way before I leave tomorrow for Portland. I'm pretty sure I can do it. I keep getting stuck because I can't stop looking up new information about editors on the internet. This Harper Collins site, "Inside the Archives" has great letters to Ursula Nordstrom, my favorite editor of all. It's so addicting. I can't stop reading letters from Arnold Lobel and E.B. White and John Donovan. I'm having fun working on this talk. I'm not sure too many people will love the editor mindset as much as I do, but as you know, I myself find it completely fascinating.