Last Chance for the Conference!
If you’ve been waiting until the last minute to register for this Saturday’s SCBWI Editors Day, the last minute is here! We have to give the lunch caterers a headcount tomorrow morning (Friday), so today (Thursday) is the last day to register.
Still trying to decide? Going to conferences is the number one way industry professionals recommend to advance your writing career. Not only do you learn ways to sharpen your writing craft, but you also get the unique opportunity to meet professional, big-name editors face-to-face, which is the best way to get your manuscript out of the slush pile and onto a real desk. You’ll also meet fellow writers who can share the ins-and-outs of their experiences, their knowledge, and their successes. Even if the editors you meet aren’t the ones you’re destined to work with, making those connections can lead to other connections, which lead to other connections, which can lead to anything from supportive writing/critiquing groups to the agent of your dreams to the editor who picks up the phone and says “Yes!”
Saturday’s conference features the golden opportunity to meet and learn from three outstanding editors in the children’s book world, plus pitch guru Brian Herrera, who will share with us some key techniques for making that all-important pitch:
* Katherine Jacobs, Associate Editor, Roaring Brook Press (topic TBA)
* Eve Adler, Editor, Grosset & Dunlap, whose topic is “Great Expectations and How to Set Them Up”
* Caroline Abbey, Editor, Bloomsbury Children’s Books, who will help us navigate “The How, What, Where of Characters”
* Brian Eugenio Herrera, Assistant Professor, Univ. of New Mexico , who will teach us the art of an effective pitch.
Here is the link to all the Nov 12 Conference information. http://www.scbwi.org/Regional-Chapters.aspx?R=49&sec=Conf. As you scroll down, you’ll see the schedule and registration instructions.
The SCBWI conference isn’t just a great way to hone your skills, become inspired, experience Ah-ha moments, and mingle with fellow writers and those all-important editors…. It’s one of the best bang-for-your-buck ways to invest in your writing career.
Can’t wait to see you all there!