“I’m happy to be with people who have devoted their lives telling lies to children.”
That was an opening remark at the SCBWI Summer Conference from Bruce Coville who is probably best known for the My Teacher Is an Alien Series. Really this conference was flat out amazing. It’s a bit pricey for me (being that my husband and I still sleep on a mattress on the floor and our diet consists of cheap starches) but I knew it would be a good investment for my illustration future.
…boy did I underestimate how phenomenal this conference is. Not only did I get to hob-knob with the movers and the shakers of the Children’s Book world and see my art idols: Mark Teague who illustrated
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? and
Dear Mrs. LaRue. Letters from Obedience School
and Adam Rex
who just came out with Frankenstein Takes the Cake
and one of my most favorite children's novels, The True Meaning of Smekday
...but I got loads of technical boring business information that probably would have taken me years to figure out… and I was also thoroughly inspired to be confident with my own “voice” and to be patient with the ever changing Market, and I’ve acquired some new info that will hopefully will help me get my foot in the door.
ps. Here's a few pages from Adam Rex's book dummy for Dirty Cowboy
ps.2 If you are seriously thinking of getting into this Children's Book Market thing... go to one of these conferences... it'll be well worth your money and your time