The Conference consultations are an amazing opportunity.
Rather than the typical wait of months (or even longer!) and then not always even hearing what the editor or art director or agent thought (if it's a pass), this is a chance to get an industry professional (agent, editor, art director or published author or illustrator) to sit down with you for twenty minutes to give you an honest, professional appraisal of your work and discuss the first ten pages of your manuscript!
Note: The deadline for manuscripts is that they must ARRIVE in SCBWI's Los Angeles office ON or BEFORE Tuesday, MAY 26. Manuscripts received after THAT DAY cannot be accepted.
For illustrators, you can get a portfolio consultation (you just have to register and sign up for it by May 26, then you bring your portfolio with you to the conference.)
Are there success stories from the consultations, of agents and editors who've ended up signing projects from what they saw at the consultation? Yes. But even more than that, each consultation is a chance to get that honest feedback, and to grow as an author and/or illustrator. And we all need to keep growing as artists, no matter where we are in our careers.
And for everyone attending, you can sign up for a Social Media consultation with social media guru Greg Pincus.
You can read all about the consultations and their guidelines here.
Here's to the conference (and maybe a consultation, too) being a great experience to move your craft – and career – forward!
You'll find all the conference details and registration information here.
Illustrate and Write On,