Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Author Encounter: Elissa Brent Weissman

Last week I was delighted to meet author Elissa Brent Weissman at the NAGC Conference and hear a little bit behind her process in becoming an author and her advice for kids who are interested in becoming authors as well. She had a great message about revision, including an anecdote about the more than 50 pages she added to her first book (Standing for Socks) between her original submission and its final publication.

I was runner-up during the competitive "Author Jeopardy" structure of Elissa's talk, but I was able to scoot down to the exhibition hall and grab the last copy of Nerd Camp in time for an autograph. I'm just a few chapters in, but I know this is one that some of my students will find appealing. Elissa was a cheerful and entertaining speaker, and I know that students would definitely enjoy her informative Jeopardy-style presentation during a school visit as well. Definitely an author to keep an eye on!

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