SCBWI Conference

I am officially signed up to attend the SCBWI Summer Conference from July 30 – August 2 in Los Angeles. SCBWI is the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is THE trade organization for children’s book authors.

Good news – first major writing conference, no travel necessary, should be a great experience

Heart pulsing news – so much to do to prepare!

I read some great highlights from the SCBWI on how to prepare for your first conference. One was having business cards to hand out when you are networking. I ordered mine today. Of course, I have work ones, but I don’t know that they are necessarily looking for the “corporate communications” version of me for creativity in children’s writing. My new ones just have my name, the title of Writer, and my contact information, including the blog.

Another highlight was to have a pitch for your near completed or completed material in the event that lightning strikes for you and pages are requested. I have a completed picture book manuscript (but have some revisions to put in first) and am working on my YA novel, which is the one that I think would generate the most interest if I am pitch perfect.

Oh, plus there’s the general life stuff to get done before then, including the big one, continuing to work on wedding planning for the big day on September 4.

Lots going on, but all so worth it!

Amy

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