Hello friends of the YA Lit Track,
I think this year was our best yet! If you came to any of our panels, games, or events, please let us know what you thought. I'd love to hear your feedback. I've seen some of you post your pictures to your Facebook accounts, but I'd also enjoy seeing your pictures on our track Facebook page. I'd especially love to see your best Yule Ball pictures. Tag away, friends. LJ is my first love, but it's not especially adept at downloading pictures. For those of you who enjoy both LJ and FB, please forgive the redundant messages.
I'd like to give a special shout out to the best staff at Dragon*Con. To my Assistant Director, Mary Moline, thanks for everything. I could not do this without you, nor would I want to. To the rest of my exceptionally talented staff, Lydia Watson, Karen Smith, Suzanne Chatham, Karen Newsome, and Tara Smith, I love you all and thanks for your hard work moderating panels, interviewing guests, sitting on panels, buying door prizes with your own money, and always going above and beyond the call of duty for completely uncompensated volunteers. Tara, I know it's time for you to move on, but I wish you all the best. Welcome to Mel Pichetto, newest staffer. I know you'll fit right in with the crew. Thanks to Jill Maddox and Sheila Clift who are almost staff members. You don't even have to do anything, and yet you always do. Thanks also to Veronica Atkins and Traci Dammann from Atlanta HP for hosting "Are You a Death Eater." I also have to give a special thanks to Jan Price and Aurora Celeste, our resident costume experts and overall great volunteers. I love you, ladies. Dragon*Con couldn't even run without wonderful volunteers like you.
As for our phenomenal guest authors, especially Kathleen Duey and Steve Berman, I can't thank you enough. You give us a reason to gather and talk: your gifts of words. I love and respect your work almost as much as I love and respect you as people. Thanks for being our Book Club guinea pigs!
Thanks to the other wonderful guests and panelists, including Chesya Burke, Bonnie Kunzel, Susan Fichtelberg, Kathryn Hinds, Mark West, Racheline Maltese, Maggie Stiefvater, Jackie Kessler, Heather Brewer, Todd McCaffrey, Jenny Blackford, Keith DeCandido, Kathleen David, Sandra Ann McDonald, Jennifer Cam, Michelle Weston, Ted Naifeh, Andy Runton, Diana Peterfreund, D.A. Adams, and Davey Beauchamp. If I have inadvertently missed anyone, I apologize.
Thanks to you, the fans, who come out and support us. I'd like to also give thanks to all of you who helped us set up for the Yule Ball. There is no way we could have opened the Ball at 9:00 without your help.
So, let us know how we did this year. Everything we do, we do for you fans. We want to do stuff that you want to come see.
Director, Young Adult Lit @ Dragon*Con