Wednesday, September 29, 2010

SCBWI Midsouth Conference

Every year I feel like I should write a wrap up of the conference..... and every year I just decide to defer to someone else's blog. Looks like this year will be no exception! For a much better overview than what I could give (since, hello, i wasn't in every session) check out the actual conference blog.

This year was just as informative as previous years. One of my favorite parts is always the panel discussion at the end on Sunday. This year, before taking questions submitted by attendees, conference planner Sharon Cameron asked each faculty member what they could do to speed up their journey into publishing. Their answers were as follows:

Patti Ann Harris - Be yourself and stay true to your vision

Ruta Rimas – Be professional

Ellen Hopkins- plunge into the next project.

Peter Clifton- have fun

Kelly Sonnack- Find a way to hook publishers/readers. Follow your heart, but make it relevant.

Linda Pratt- be flexible. and actually write, don't just be a student of the industry

Lionel Bender- Don't underestimate the amount of time it takes

Diane Muldrow – Be smart, do your homework

Tracy Barrett – Know what you can do

I did manage to get some new pieces done around work for my portfolio. Here's a couple more spreads from my newest dummy Nothing All Day


Kristi Valiant said...

Oh, I don't get to look through your dummy, Mary. I wasn't in with the illustrators for the group crits, so I was hoping to get to see a few dummies after hours. I saw these in your portfolio and love the action and perspective in the top one especially.

SadieM said...

Both are beautifully done. The first one has me cringing for a crash of blocks! :)

pat said...

Wow, Mary...these look really good. I saw the sketches on our blog but not the colored pieces. Are you doing all of your pages in the dummy this finished?