January 29, 2012

SCBWI-Houston's 2012 Regional Conference

Saturday, March 31, 2012
8:00am until 6:00pm
The Merrell Center
6301 S. Stadium Lane Katy, Texas 77494

Join us for:

*Amazing speakers including editors, author-illustrator, art director, and agents
*One-on-one manuscript critique sessions with speakers and local authors
*Portfolio critiques and showcase
*Selection of Joan Lowery Nixon finalists (winner mentored by Newbery Honor
Winner, Kathi Appelt)
*Book signings
*Mexican dinner social
*Silent Auction & Silent Art Auction
*Door prizes
*Networking Opportunities

Guest Speakers:
Dan Yaccarino, Author-Illustrator
Jen RofĂ©, Literary Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, Inc. 
Susan Sherman, Art Director, Charlesbridge Publishing
Heather Alexander, Editor, Dial Books for Young Readers 
Susan Dobinick, Asst. Editor at Farrar Straus Giroux Books for Young Readers
Kathleen Ortiz, Subsidiary Rights Director and Literary Agent Nancy Coffey Literary Agency & Media Representation
Connie Hsu, Editor, Little Brown Books for Young Readers 

There will also be two Intensives offered on Sunday, April 1st from 9:00am-12:00pm.
One will be led by editor Heather Alexander called "Voice Lessons: Making Your
Manuscript Sing." It will include exercises about the difference between
authentic and inauthentic sounding voice in both narration and dialogue.

The second Intensive will be with dynamic presenter and author-illustrator Dan

Yaccarino: "Inspiration to Publication: The Essentials of A Picture Book Dummy."
Attendees need to come prepared to work. Requirements: writing utensils (laptop
or paper/pen) and a picture book idea (full rough draft preferred). If
participants are an illustrator or author-illustrator they will need to bring
plenty of paper to draw on, rough sketches of their dummy and/or main character
as well as a story idea/ full rough draft.

Go here: <http://www.scbwi-houston.org/calendar/2012-conference-2/> for more
information and to see the conference packet.

January 6, 2012

Picture Book Dummy Challenge-2012

 Picture Book Dummy Challenge.
*Challenge is open to EVERYONE of all skill levels, and not just illustrators! 

*Challenge starts TODAY
*The goal is to complete a book ready for submission by July. 
*Participants will identify each other on Twitter and Facebook with a twibbon.
*There will be progress check-ins as well as support and resources through the #kidlitart blog.
*Conversations on Twitter about the PB Challenge should be marked with the hashtag of #PBdummy.

I was nominated last year to create the twibbon for this event. (And remember when you go to click the "Show My Support" button that you have used the slider directly below it to resize the twibbon, and place it where you would like on your avatar.  You don't HAVE to have it block out your image.)

The light bulb is a nod to Tara Lazar, because many of us wouldn't even have a dummy to create if it weren't for her PiBoIdMo Challenge, and the twibbon she created was a light bulb, the universal sign for an idea.  The pencil is to represent the act of writing or drawing the ideas down on paper. It's one thing to have an idea, another to put it down as words and pictures. The pencil-bulb is a nod to the dedication of all the participants.

Step One of the Challenge is here. For more information and FAQs on the Challenge, read this.

Join #kidlitart this Thursday (January 12) at 9 pm EST for this week’s #kidlitart chat on beginnings and thresholds: why is that pencil sometimes just too heavy to pick up?

#PBDummy is now on Facebook!

The Unofficial Gallery of the Tomie de Paola Award

Artwork by Diandra Mae
For the second year, SCBWI has announced the Tomie de Paola Award, an illustration contest that evolved from Tomie originally choosing promising artists from those showcasing at NYSCBWI. This year’s prompt was an excerpt from P.C. Asbjornsen’s version of “Chicken Little.
An unofficial gallery was created so participating illustrators could share and enjoy the variety of entries created by their peers. Click on the picture above to see over a hundred interpretations of Chicken Little. Information on the blog can be found here

UPDATE: 2011 Winner of the Tomie de Paola Award is here. Congratulation on the hard work, everyone!