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The Amazing Jenn Bailey and Social Media 101

Posted on: October 24, 2009

Attending Iowa’s SCBWI conference( October 23, 24, 25) was I discovered . . . exactly my cup of tea. A special thanks to Peggy Grafton (Illustrator), Nina Johnson (Writer) Med Bickel (Writer) Linda Skeers (Writer) Patricia Miller (Writer) and Dorothia Rohner (Illustrator) who made this first time conference goer feel welcome. I’m still on the high that comes from meeting so many wonderful writers and illustrators, not to mention hearing all the knowledge offered by the fabulous speakers. If nothing else ever happened from the conference the feeling  of being around so many talented individuals motivated me to get back to spending  quality time writing.

Ice breakers and a chocolate fountain with strawberries and other treats gave everyone a chance to mix and mingle. It was nice to put a face to the names of the people I’ve emailed or chatted with in the last few months. It was like being with a bunch of friends who were all learning a new skill. We were making friends using the internet. Friends that someday we just might meet in person.

First all, let me say that Jenn Bailey is a fabulous presenter.  She’s warm, witty and willing to be flexible to meet the needs of her audience.  I think everyone was comfortable with asking questions. I know I felt right at home asking questions, and I’m a little shy at times.

Jenn focused on teaching people of all different levels of experience how to use the various social media avenues, covering Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter to name a few.  From the basics of how to get a Twitter account to showing someone how to set up Tweetchat, Jenn was patient.

For the more skeptic members, those who aren’t sure that they should open an account, Jenn outlined all the reasons why they should be on Twitter. She talked about the use the medias as a way of promoting writers and their product. Check out Jenn’s website at :


2 Responses to "The Amazing Jenn Bailey and Social Media 101"

It was great meeting you too, Peg! Hope the family was feeling better when you got home. I got home to a son with strep throat.

My “first page” wasn’t received as well as I had hoped. Just means more revisions!

Happy writing,


You made the conference fun. We have a lot in common.

I felt bad about my first line thing. I kind of wish Steve had said

something that was wrong or right about it. No comment made

me feel like I sounded stupid to everyone. I wasn’t ready with

something. I shouldn’t have stood up and said something. lol.

Just remember what Jane Yolen told Becky about her pb. Jane

said it had no story, yet with revisions it is coming out in


Keep the faith. Is there something I can do to help?

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