Conference Previews Continued…

We have a couple of exciting opportunities for our regional illustrators at this conference:

On Saturday, we’ll be offering an “Illustrators’ First Look” panel with the Highlights High Five Art Director, Kelley Cunningham, and former Creative Director of Sterling Publishing Co., Karen Nelson, offering their first impressions on the art work of participating illustrators.  Interested illustrators will send 3 jpeg images (with no identifying names) at 72 dpi, each 10″ maximum on a side, to with First Look in subject line.  There is no added cost to participate in this opportunity.  Illustrators will still have the option to pay $45 for a portfolio review.

On Sunday, we’ll be offering a breakout session on marketing for illustrators:

“Taking Your Imagination to the Marketplace”—Karen  Nelson

This session for illustrators will focus on the inner workings of a  publishing company, art department and the role of the art director.    Learn about marketing tools, approaches that work, and case  histories–leaving time for Q & A.

Karen Nelson worked for many years as Creative Director at  Sterling Publishing Co., Inc., choosing and working with  illustrators for adult and children’s books, including board books,  picture books, crafts, and classic novels.  She is now a freelance art  director and cover designer.

For those interested in writing nonfiction articles or short fiction for the magazine market:

Debra Hess joined Highlights for Children as a Senior Editor in June, 2009.  She is the author of numerous fiction and nonfiction books for children, including Thurgood Marshall, the Fight for Equal Justice, a NY Public Library Best Books for the Teenage, and Wilson Sat Alone, an acclaimed picture book that was made into a PBS Storytime Special.  Debra was Editorial Director of Weekly Reader Custom Publishing, Editor of Scholastic News, and Senior Editor at Scholastic Library Publishing.  She has been published by Simon and Schuster, Harper Collins, Hyperion and Harcourt.

Kelley Cunningham has been the Art Director of Highlights High Five magazine since its beginnings in 2006. In her past lives she has been an advertising art director, a packaging designer, a published humor writer, an award-winning fine artist, a weekend poet and a stay-at-home mother. She has illustrated six books for children and many editorial pieces. She lives in Honesdale, PA with her family and looks forward to the day when she can get back to doing some painting.

“Imagination Is Just The Beginning”—Debra Hess and Kelley Cunningham

This joint presentation by Highlights Editor, Debra Hess, and Highlights High Five Art Director, Kelley Cunningham, will discuss the practical realities of putting together a magazine—what they actually do on a day-to-day basis and how it all works.

More previews tomorrow…

About ediehemingway

I am an author of children's middle grade novels and the Regional Advisor for the MD/DE/WV SCBWI chapter.
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