Although I wasn't at the conference, I fell in love with Candy Gourlay's notes from Sara Zarr's keynote speech at SCBWI NYC last week.
Read it, be inspired.
Notes from the Slushpile: NYC 2011: Sara Zarr gives the speech that she wanted to hear: "Bits and Pieces"
P.S. Who wants to hear about how I got my agent? Next post, maybe?