A few of years ago a couple of good author pals told me that I’d blown any chance of ever being invited back to Florida, because of some real or imagined utterance of some kind of “bad language” during/around/near/I-dunno-what-where a school visit I’d recently concluded.
Fast forward to The Secondary Reading Council of Florida, 2012 and 2013 where I’m the only author during the era of the modern Olympiad (I just like the sound of that, let’s just say, ‘recently’) to be invited in back to back years to present presentations to some of Florida’s reading teachers and reading specialists. It is and was a real honor to spend some time with these dedicated folks. I’d brought along about 2k pieces of material (bookmarks, business cards, etc.) advertising my new HarperCollins novel LIFE HAPPENS NEXT and my new ebooks, including M.C. IDOL, the funniest kid in the world.
As earnestly and gently as possible I asked my peeps to take them and get them out there, and all 2k pieces got snatched-up; so thanks much Florida!
All self-aggrandizing bloviating aside, this conference, hosted at one of the most gorgeous sites I’ve ever seen (check out my sunset pics on The Terry Trueman Fan Page on Facebook, and ‘Like’ it while you’re at it) was a first class production this year, as it is every year.
Rachelle Savitz, the new President of the group lost her father unexpectedly just two months ago, but in a demonstration of incredible courage and dedication, she pulled and pushed this conference all the way along to a wonderful event. God bless you, Rachelle, and your intrepid team of sidekicks.
There was much talk of Common Core this and Common Core that at the conference and as near as I can tell this is another brilliant ‘plan’ to make reading and education inevitable while, in my opinion, the only thing that makes it even possible, is having educators like these working day in and day out to help kids learn.
A side benefit of being at this conference was getting to hang out a bit with Sharon Draper again and getting to meet Christina Diaz Gonzalez, two fabulous authors who speak and present as well as they write…which is really saying something.