Sometimes this is how the business of writing and publishing feels. But the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) tries very hard to make it feel more like this:
...doable--with practice and focus.
After an amazing international conference in LA this past weekend where 1200 people gathered to commune about making children's books, I'm inspired and a little bit awed by the greatness there.
My take aways:
1. Writing and illustrating books is really hard work, even for the ones who make it look easy. It's ok to feel overwhelmed much of the time.
2. Passion is the first requirement to success. Without it, even perserverence and talent won't get the job done.
3. There is always someone who can provide insight into whatever issue we have in the industry. We just need to be open enough to ask.
Here are some links to posts and articles about the conference. Read them and start hoarding quarters to pay for next year's conference. If you can possibly attend, you won't regret it.
Excuse me. I have to go practice my tree pose.
I was lucky to be able to attend the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) http://www.scbwi.org/ national conference this past Friday - Monday in Los Angeles and I'm still smiling about it. It was an amazing experience to be in the same orbit as the "A List" of authors, editors, and agents in the children's book world. My master class with Linda Sue Park http://www.lindasuepark.com/ was a life-changer. Her thoughts about middle grade novel writing were concrete and inspiring. Plus she's just so approachable and giving with her craft. I highly recommend any opportunity for a class with her at the podium. My advice? Start saving your pennies now for the SCBWI national conference in August 2011. But don't wait till next August for a conference! The SCBWI-Michigan conference will be held this October 8-10. Check out the lineup and register at http://kidsbooklink.org/. See you there!
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