But who says there’s anything wrong with a bit much?

Registration opened this week for Destination Publication!, the January 30, 2010, conference of the Austin chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

Now, Austin SCBWI tends to do conferences well. But this one’s so big you’ve got to take a step or two backwards in order to see the whole thing. It will have:

  • A Newbery Honor Author (Kirby Larson)
  • A Caldecott Honor Illustrator (Marla Frazee)
  • Three Agents (Andrea Cascardi, Mark McVeigh, Nathan Bransford)
  • Three Editors (Cheryl Klein, Lisa Graff, Stacy Cantor)
  • Eight Featured Authors (Liz Garton Scanlon, Shana Burg, P. J. Hoover, Jessica Lee Anderson, Jacqueline Kelly, Jennifer Ziegler, Philip Yates, and me)
  • One Special Guest Author (Sara Lewis Holmes)
  • One Featured Illustrator (Patrice Barton; no, we’re not)
  • Traditional Critiques
  • Advanced Critiques
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Two Parties with the Faculty
  • Like I said — registration for the conference opened this week. I wouldn’t count on it staying open for long.