This past weekend, I attended the James River Writers Conference (in its 10th year!) in Richmond, VA. I had a great time attending panels and learning so much from what literary agents look for in queries and first pages to how authors went from humble writers like me to published authors speaking to participants at a writing conference. It truly was a privilege to get to listen to and meet two particular authors this weekend. Lana Krumwiede is the author of Freakling, a very cool middle-grade/young adult sci-fi and fantasy book. When talking to us during the panel “Young Adult Explosion”, she really inspired many of us to persevere to get our work out there. We got a little taste of what it was…