Friday, May 31, 2013

Agent Joanna Volpe - The Pre-#LA13SCBWI Conference Interviews

I had the great fortune to interview agent Joanna Volpe, who'll be on faculty at the upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference, August 2-5, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA.

We spoke about what she's looking for in attending a conference, whether the size of an agency is important, and her pro-track session, "Cracking The Mystery of Your Royalty Statements."  We even find out the literary food she'd most like to try!

Check out the whole interview here.

To attend Joanna's session and take part in all the remarkable craft, business, inspiration, community and opportunity the SCBWI Summer Conference offers, you have to be there in person!  Go here for all the details, and to register.

Illustrate and Write On,

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

SCBWI Success Story: Tracy Clark

As we gather momentum for the upcoming SCBWI Summer Conference (Aug 2-5, 2013) in Los Angeles, Team Blogger Martha Brockenbrough came up with the great idea to highlight some SCBWI (and SCBWI Conference) success stories.

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,