Ah, the SCBWI Winter Conference, an event that has been on my bucket list for a very, very long time. I’ve yet to attend a national conference, but today, I get to live vicariously through the several regional members who attended this year’s conference and offered their insight!
So let’s get the recap started with thoughts from our awesome… Continue reading
Happy Tuesday, everyone! We are continuing with our series of pre-From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference interviews as a way to let attendees get to know our many presenters. Here’s who we’ve chatted with so far!
- Leila Sales, Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books
- Laura Shovan, poet, author, editor, educator
- Thao Le, Literary agent
- Patricia Hruby Powell, author
- Alyssa Nassner, illustrator and designer
- Liz Kossnar, Associate Editor, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
- Susan Stockdale, author
Today we have Andrea Morrison in the cyber chair! Continue reading
Welcome, Friday! Weather forecasters are calling for a taste of spring this weekend. I hope you’ll get out and enjoy it, but not before you take time to learn about another amazing faculty member from our From Dreaming to Doing conference. I’m so excited to welcome Leila Sales to the Cyber Café!
Leila is Associate Publishing Manager at Viking Children’s Books, where she edits books for children and teens. Some of her recent projects include Tricky Vic by Greg Pizzoli, an unusual biography named one of The New York Times best illustrated children’s books of 2015, and The Last Kids on Earth and the Zombie Parade, by Max Brallier, a NY Times bestseller. Additionally, Leila is herself the author of YA and middle-grade novels. Follow her @LeilaSalesBooks.
Leila will be doing three presentations: “Ask an Editor” (Saturday breakout) – Come prepared with any and all questions about the book publishing process! Whatever insider info you want to know, she’ll tell you. (And what she doesn’t know, she’ll make up!). “Agents, Editors, and Art Directors” Saturday Panel. “The Logic of Storytelling” (Sunday intensive) – How do you build a story that keeps readers engaged from start to finish? How do you create a character whose goals are so compelling that readers will follow her anywhere she goes? How do you give readers a conclusion that makes the journey worth it? In this workshop, we’ll consider these questions and more by breaking down the storytelling process. We will focus on novels, with additional benefit to picture book and nonfiction writers.
Now that Leila is settled into the comfy Cyber Chair, let’s get started! Continue reading
Happy Friday, everyone! Once again, we are continuing with our series of From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference interviews with some of our amazing guest speakers! This has been our tradition for years since they’re such a great way to get to know our faculty. Like, for example, Patricia Hruby Powell likes her margarita glasses rimmed with pepper. That’s pretty impressive. And if you’re a Princess Bride fan, you’ll soon find out you have something in common with today’s guest, Thao Le!
So if you have missed any of our previous interviews, be sure to click on the links below. Also, please subscribe since there are many more to come, plus some conference tips!
Today we have literary agent, Thao Le in the cyber chair! Continue reading
Happy Wednesday, everyone! There’s something very cool and awesome going on from now until April 30th: the Read Local Challenge put together by our very own PAL coordinator, Veronica Bartles! Please support your local authors and illustrators by spreading the news!
Art is being created all around you. The person you meet at your local pool or pizzeria may have created your favorite book! Continue reading
We’re just steamrolling ahead with our From Dreaming to Doing conference faculty interviews. Up next is Liz Kossnar, Associate Editor at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Liz began her career in children’s publishing managing the review websites Teenreads.com and Kidsreads.com, but quickly transitioned into editorial at S&S BFYR. Over the past three years there, she’s worked with authors and illustrators such as Daniel Miyares, Jeff Mack, Stuart Gibbs, and Neal Shusterman. She most enjoys fairy tale-inspired or tongue-and-cheek picture books, diverse and magical whimsical contemporary middle grade, and subversive young adult fiction. Anything feminist is a plus.
Liz will be presenting “Like Me, Follow Me, Tag Me” (Saturday breakout); “Introverts, Extroverts, Ambiverts, Oh My!: Personality Types in Publishing” (Saturday panel); and “Agents, Editors, and Art Directors” (Saturday panel) Continue reading
Wow, can it really be February 1st, already? January just swooshed on by and before we know it, it will be time to pack our bags for the upcoming From Dreaming to Doing Conference in Buckeystown, Maryland on March 18-19th. Which brings me to this important reminder from our lovely co-regional adviser, Kathy McMillan regarding those who have payed or who plan on paying for a critique: Continue reading