The Writers' League of Texas holds a super Agent Conference in June. If you sign up by Dec. 31, you get a discount. They have lots of top NY agents. Sign up!
And, don't miss the YA CONFERENCE in April. Writers' League of TX
Why? Austin's YA literature community is becoming too important for anyone to overlook.
Independent bookstores, famous YA authors and the Texas Book Festival are hot, hot.
Case in point: Zombies vs Unicorns, which pitted 17 popular YA authors, including Meg Cabot (The Princess Diaries), Scott Westerfeld, and Justine Larbalestier (Liar), against one another on either Team Unicorn or Team Zombie in support of the recently released short-story anthology, Zombies vs. Unicorns. Authors had to argue the virtues of their given teams extemporaneously ("Unicorns sparkle like Edward Cullen!" "Zombies love you for your brains!") in the first round, then design mascots for their teams in the second. Team Unicorn won the audience's heart and loyalty, not to mention rabid interest in future events of its kind at the Texas Book Festival.
I love Austin.