I finished my submission for the Mountain Art Show today... Hooray!! I had someone keeping me company while I worked feverishly this week.... That's Rose, aka The Fuzz! The "Wren" idea, which I posted on June 17th turned into "Wren's Summer Song", a 19" x 31" collage (unframed). I'll have a better photo of it up soon. 9/16/10 I just found out this was accepted into the show.... YEA!!
This was the first time I’ve ever met with other Children’s Book writers/illustrators, editors, and an agent over dinner-- It was a great experience, a great evening, and a great investment! Thanks so much to Kathy and Laurie for putting it all together. The only bad thing was terror struck about 10 seconds before I introduced myself and I could hardly speak above a whisper. Ugh!
Here’s highlights of some advice I gleaned that night. You may have heard this before, but it was very helpful to me—especially coming right from the “horse’s mouth”, so to speak:
• Another writer suggested reading your story out loud to children to get their feedback. She said this helped her very much.
• “Be true to yourself.” If you like to work in a certain genre, style, or medium then do that!
• “It’s a mistake to write for the market.” Develop your writing skills, find your ‘voice’ and go from there.
• Publishers are looking for character-driven stories (among other things).
• The [first] cover sets the tone for the look of the series ~~ very important.
• Great things can come out of attending First-Page Sessions!
I attended my first NJ SCBWI Conference on June 4-5 at the Princeton Hyatt Regency hotel in Princeton, NJ. It was a beautiful setting and a great conference! Wonderful to meet so many helpful, creative people! I had my first portfolio review with Denise Cronin (VP, Art Directior, Viking Children's Books). She was extremely kind and gave me an outstanding critique on my first story and book Illustrations. Back to the drawing board, on many aspects, but with more clarity and direction now. Thanks again, Denise, for your expert advice! :)
I highly recommend SCBWI to anyone wanting to learn more about any aspect of the children's book industry. Check out Kathy Temean's blog (http://kathytemean.wordpress.com/). Kathy is the Regional Advisor of NJ SCBWI... Her knowledge and experience are out-of-this-world and she updates her blog daily.
The conference raffled several fundraiser prizes, and I was blessed to win two, one of which was the coveted and adorable albino alligator and autographed copy of Kristin Clark Venuti's "Leaving the Bellweathers"!! He's soooooo cute!
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