Martha has featured Tracy Clark (whose debut novel, SCINTILLATE, is coming out January 2014 from Entangled Teen) in a piece that's poignant and inspiring.
Here's a taste:
The good things that have happened so far in my career have depended upon putting myself out there and availing myself of the opportunities that SCBWI has to offer by attending both my local SCBWI events and the national SCBWI conferences. If there is any advice I’d give to someone considering one of the national conferences for the first time, it is not to go with the singular goal of getting “discovered” though that can and does happen.
Go! But go to meet fascinating and passionate people. Go to find out that editors, agents, and published authors are approachable, helpful, and open-hearted. Go to learn more about the business so you can navigate the publishing world more easily. Go to learn more about craft so you can continue to grow as an artist. Go to where they understand you. Go to be inspired! If those are your goals, there is no way to leave disappointed. Any other magic that happens is a bonus!
Go read Tracy's whole story (and hear a bit of Martha's SCBWI success story as well!)
And join us at the 2013 SCBWI Summer Conference. We hope to see you there,
Illustrate and Write On,