Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A new community for me - SCBWI!

Woo Hoo!  A new adventure coming up!!  I recently joined the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).  It is something I have been thinking about doing ever since I started the process of creating my book, but didn't consider myself an illustrator so didn't join.  I am still not sure about giving myself that designation, but now that I have a book, and am planning on another one, I feel a bit closer to it.  And I'd really love to meet others who love creating books for kids.

Soooo, I have registered for the SCBWI winter conference in New York next month.  Eep!  Talk about jumping in blindly!  At least when I went to my first SAMA conference, I had been making friends online for years and felt at home immediately upon arrival.  This will be a completely new experience for me to go without knowing anybody, but from what I can tell reading about previous conferences, these members are an extremely friendly and playful bunch and I think I will easily fit right in.

I am currently getting my portfolio together as I've never had a physical one before.  My presentation folder is being handmade and customized for me and it is going to be so beautiful, I can hardly wait!!  And I just ordered new postcards and business cards so I'll be good to go.  I haven't been to New York in more than 20 years, so I'm excited to be there once again.  I'm really looking forward to what this new adventure brings!


  1. Welcome to SCBWI! Y'know the summer national conference is in LA - that might be closer next year! Check out the regional programming too. My NJ chapter has a great annual conference and lots of events throughout the year. Your stained glass PB is gorgeous!

  2. Hi Laurie, Thanks so much for writing! Yes, I do intend on going to the L.A. conference. It is a quick 2 hour drive. I am on the listserv and Facebook for my regional SCBWI and they have a great lineup of events for the year! I appreciate your comments and maybe we will meet at one of the conferences!