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  1. Thank you, Julie! Very helpful and very succinct.

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  2. Really appreciate your thoughts, Julie! Thanks!

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  3. Great advice, thanks!

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  4. Love it – and I need new cards for this new writing career anyway. Yea!!

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  5. Thanks, Julie! I really like your idea of putting your picture on your business card! That makes so much sense since you meet so many people and it’s sometimes hard to keep everyone straight.

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  6. Great Ideas Julie! I love the one about the Business Cards with your picture!
    MaryLouise Alu Curto

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  7. Jennifer DuBose

    Oooh, yeah … note to self, pic on card … 🙂

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  8. Thankyou Julie, great stuff, especially the photo on business cards.

    Natisha Field

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  9. Thanks Megan for asking this great question… and thanks Julie for sharing your helpful info! Good to know about the business card with a pic. Your personal thoughts about putting yourself out there and engaging eye to eye is great advice.

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  10. Marty McCormick

    Great to hear your thoughts, Julie! The business card/picture idea also terrific. Thanks much.

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  11. Thanks for this great info!! Now, next question, what are your favorite conferences?? Or if you can only go to one or two, which would you pick?

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  12. Great video, Julie! Too bad I didn’t pay attention to the business card info on the video you did for the class – just ordered a big bunch – with nary a picture of me – although my logo is on there. 🙂 I agree, it would have been smart. I’d better go to some conferences so I can give all these out and need more. 😉 Lesson learned.

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  13. Thank you once again for sharing your wisdom. I am so appreciative.

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  14. Julie, that was great! To the point and right on target. What I would like you to discuss in the future is: How does one approach and agent at a conference? You said,”put yourself out there,” but somehow I feel I’m being pushy. I approached a table with a group of agents who are relaxing, having dinner or drinks or involved in a conversion and somehow going up to them and saying, “hello there, I’m……
    and I’ve written a middle grade book that I think you would be interested in. It doesn’t sound right.
    Is this the right moment? Or do I fight to get to the front after a question session or agent presentation? Would love to hear your suggestions! Thank you! Maureen Bradford

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  15. Hi Julie,
    Thanks so much for this post. You’re always so generous with your advice and it is much appreciated! I have had some beautiful business cards printed up over the years, and I always carefully chose great images for them…but I never once thought of putting my own picture on them. Duh! Guess it’s time for a new card! Thanks for the tip. 🙂

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  16. Excellent!

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  17. Thanks for the double-reminder to Put Yourself OUT THERE ! I needed that today. Wonderful suggestion, too, for the business card photo.
    Your encouragement means a ton.

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  18. Thank you for answering that important question. I wI’ll be making my business cards adapt!

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  19. Thank you, Julie. The picture on the business card is a good idea!

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  20. Such good advice, Julie. Thanks! I’d love to know how each conference differs, or what is unique about each, whether it’s a regional SCBWI conference, or individual ones, such as Highlights. A topic for your next video! ;-}

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  21. You stone killer, you 🙂

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  22. Thank you, Julie. It’s so nice of you to put this video answer together. I’m going to a conference this weekend, and I’m bringing some business cards too.

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  23. Appreciate it. Normally, my card is accompanied with my mascot logo rather then my own photo. What do you think?

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  24. I, too am a conference junkie. I learn so much and meet great people. Love the idea of a photo on the business card. That would be so helpful!

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  25. Julie,
    thanks for the succinct advice. i have the same question as Maureen. How to approach editors and agents at a conference. I’m not an extrovert especially about my writing. Thanks for any help you can give.

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  26. Thanks Julie for answering this great question. I have debated too, whether I should go to this conference or that one–or whether it would be worth my money. Your answer inspired me! AND I’m getting a card with my picture on it! My last one has an illustration from my book!

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  27. Deborah Bernick

    Thanks Julie for this conference tip and for all that you and your colleagues have shared at the Picture Book Summit (a GREAT on-line conference) and your various postings and blogs. You’ve truly helped created a children’s-book-writing community. Keep the info (and inspiration) coming!

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  28. This is awesome, and I totally agree! I’ve gotten more from conferences than anything else, too. They’re awesome!

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