Each panelist has found SCBWI to a part of their success along the way: getting them started, keeping them going as they traveled their path to publication, as well as being important once the contract came.
A piece of advice from each of the panelists:
Chris Rylander: The only thing that can stop you from being published is stopping.
Chris Rylander's debut novel THE FOURTH STALL is this year's Sid Fleischman Award for humor.
Lissa Price: Remember that last year I was the one sitting out in those seats. Next year you could be sitting up here.
Lissa Price is debut novel is STARTERS. The follow-up in the series ENDERS will be out in December.
Ruta Sepetys: Don’t be afraid of change. Be open.
Ruta Sepetys is the author of the NYT bestselling BETWEEN SHADES OF GRAY.
Clare Vanderpool: Hold on to the moments that excite you.
Clare Vanderpool's debut novel MOON OVER MANIFEST was awarded the 2011 Newbery Medal. Her second novel NAVIGATING EARLY comes out in 2013.