This summer I'll be on a panel at the Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers (WIFYR) conference in Sandy, Utah. It's my first ever 'teaching' position at a writing conference and I'm super excited and nervous at the same time. This conference has a special place in my heart. It's the first writing conference I ever attended (back in 2011), and in addition to playing a vital role in my growth as a writer, it's where I met my critique partners aka cheerleaders extraordinaire aka best friends in the whole world. I can't recommend it highly enough to those who write for children...from picture books to YA. The morning workshops are invaluable and this year features another rock-star line up of best-selling authors, editors, and agents. Early bird pricing ends soon, and you can check out all the lovely details about the conference here.
Here's the thing. Sometimes I feel like this whole getting published thing is a fluke. Any day now my editor or agent is going to call me and say they made a HUGE mistake signing me. And my writing might be okay but it's no longer good enough. I'm no longer good enough. Sorry. Ba-bye. There's the door. And if I'm a total fluke, what business do I have teaching other hopeful writers. Ugh. I wish I could remember that I write for the joy of writing and not for the approval of others. How do you cope with these insecurities, because I have a feeling they'll never go away, will they?