February 2012 Breakfast Meeting: Vikki VanSickle

About the presentation:
As a bookseller, writer, and publicist, Vikki has been involved in the book industry on every possible level. This total immersion has been valuable in her development as a writer and as a self-promoter, which is becoming increasingly important these days. In her talk she will discuss her road to publication, how to make time a more-than-full-time work schedule, and how total immersion in a industry can pay off.

About the speaker:
Vikki VanSickle is the author of the middle grade novels Words That Start with B (shortlisted for the 2011 Libris Award’s Children’s Book of the Year, a 2011 Best Books for Kids and Teens selection, and a 2011 IODE Violet Downey Recommended Book) and its sequel, Love is a Four-Letter Word. She has an MA in children’s literature and her scholarly work has been published in Knowing Their Place: Identity and Space in Children’s Literature (Cambridge Scholars Press).Vikki is an active member of the children’s book industry, reviewing books for CM Magazine and Canadian Children’s Book News as well as on her own blog, pipedreaming.For four years she was the manager of The Flying Dragon Bookshop in Toronto, and her work there earned her the 2011 CBA Young Bookseller of the Year award. Currently she is the marketing and publicity coordinator for children’s books at HarperCollins Canada. Connect with her at http://vikkivansickle.wordpress.com, or on twitter @vikkivansickle.

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