Every year, the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities puts on a great event called The Festival of the Book. It's a kind of writer's/reader's conference with a truly bizarre assortment of writers/speakers who give lectures throughout the week on every topic from Moonshining to Children's books.
So far, I've attended talks on sustainable housing, Technology and the Internet of Things, a Young Adult Authors reception, A Romance Writer's Panel, (woot, woot, VRW), an informative talk on e-publishing, a panel discussion by a group of four YA Authors, and today, I'm attending a talk on book illustration. Yes, there is something for everyone at the Festival.
However, there were two golden chestnuts that I will take away with me from the talks I attended. First, from the YA Author panel, Jenny Hubbard, author of Paper Covers Rock gave this bit of advice: "keep it authentic". And in the portion of her book she read to the audience, she did precisely that.
So, that's me just off - to hone the authenticity of my WIP (work-in-progress,) and tweak it until it is the best book I am capable of writing - every page - every line!