Saturday, August 1, 2015

Kristy Dempsey: How To Not Have a Nervous Breakdown While Waiting

Kristy Dempsey was the winner of the 2015 Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Text, for her book A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina's Dream. She is also the author of the sweet and charming Me With Youand the humorous Surfer Chick.

Dempsey traveled all the way from Brazil to present at  #LA15SCBWI, where she shared the journey of figuring herself out as a creative person, finding herself as a writer, and becoming published (and how not to have a nervous breakdown while waiting). The answer, in short: learn how to balance the business side of children's publishing with the creative.

On the business side, she advised, study the vast amout of information online. Websites like the Nerdy Book Club, A Fuse #8 Production, Matthew Winner's Let's Get Busy Podcasts and others.

On the creative side, Dempsey offered a wonderfully illustrated, hand lettered worksheet (some pages used below with permission).


  1. Brava Kristy and thank you, Don, for this! I wish I could be there! Love these hand-lettered handouts! Awesome!

  2. Congrats on your Golden Kite, KristyI And I love these handouts! I'm working my way through THE DOODLE REVOLUTION and am thinking about doing some handouts this way as well. Thank you for these wonderful examples:>)