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The First Annual Kidlitosphere Conference

In case you've somehow missed it, the First Annual Kidlitosphere Conference, organized by the amazing Robin Brande, will be taking place this coming weekend in Chicago. You can peruse the RSVP list here. Here's the conference agenda:

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5: Very informal pizza or other dinner for whomever is in town hanging around. Meet around 6:30-ish.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6: Conference.

7:45-8:00: Check in. Pay your registration fees if you haven’t already, get your name tags and your Who’s Who cheat sheet. (We’ll have coffee and continental breakfast.)

8:00-8:10: Intro to the conference.

8:10-9:00: Kidlit Blogging, Part 1 (led by Tasha Saecker and others): How to get started, how to get ARCs, how to do reviews, how to do author interviews, what blog formats seem to work best, etc. There’s a lot of experience in this group, and I’m hoping many of you will have tips to offer.

9:10-9:45: Podcasting 101 (led by Mark Blevis and Andrea Ross): The how-to’s (and why-to’s) of creating and posting podcasts on your site. I just did a podcast interview on Friday–it’s the wave of the future, baby!

10:00-11:00 (room #1): Cybils Forum.

10:00-11:00 (room #2) Blogging for Authors (led by Robin Brande, Gregory K, Barry Lyga): websites, blogs, MySpace, why to, how to, the different philosophies thereof (sales & promotion, connection with readers, daily writing exercise, can’t stop talking, etc.).

11:10-12:00: Promotion Ideas for the Kidlitosphere (led by Jen Robinson): Brainstorming ideas for increased promotion of the kidlitosphere as a whole, as a resource for readers/parents/ authors. Please bring your ideas!

12:00-1:00: Lunch on your own (not alone on your own–you can find friends).

1:10-2:00: Kidlit Blogging, Part 2–the business side (led by Pam Coughlan): Brainstorming tips to improve your blog, attract more traffic and links, keep your blog (and yourself) fresh, and generally kick it up a notch.

2:10-3:00: Kidlit Blogging, Part 3–the creative side (led by Anne Boles Levy): How to establish your “voice,” how to maintain your writing quality, what makes for a good review, how to hone your reviewing skills.

3:10-4:00: The Ethics of Reviewing (led by Liz Burns): What do we do about personal relationships/potential conflicts of interest, “bad” reviews, copyright, and other ethical issues?

4:00-5:00: Meet the Authors (hosted by Esme Raji Codell of PlanetEsme). A chance to have a little one-on-one with some of the authors–a time to chat, interview, question, inspect.

5:00-6:00: Go away. Relax in your room. Brush your teeth, spiffy up.

6:00-7:00: Cocktails/mingle.

7:00-9:00: Dinner! Prize giveaways! Fun!

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 9: Brunch off-site (directions to be provided Saturday night), hosted by Esme, for anyone not leaving at the butt-crack of dawn. 8:30-11:30 AM–come for all or part.

Is this going to be great, or what? I'm looking forward to meeting many of my blog-friends face-to-face for the first time!