I really enjoyed the 2014 North Ohio SCBWI Conference this year. This was my first year attending. I met so many wonderful people and gained a wealth of information and resources. I felt right at home; however I was not as prepared for the conference as I thought I was.
The top 5 major things that I wished I would have done before the Conference:
- I wished that I put my own art work on my business cards, instead of a generic image.
- I wished that I signed up for one of the intensive writing or illustration workshops.
- Even though I participate in a group critique, I wish that I had signed up for a one on one critique or even a written critique.
- I wished that I had prepared a complete and professional illustration portfolio to display with postcards and matching business cards.
- I wish that I scanned my illustrations before submitting them for the illustration calendar contest. When they enlarged my images, the illustrations were distorted and not showing much detail.
The top 5 major things that I have learned from attending this Conference:
- Always read your manuscript out loud.
- When writing a plot of a story, always remember the “3” tries in solving conflict. After the “3” tries, then write the AHA moment of the story.
- When writing a picture book about social issue; be very discreet on the social issue during the story. It is helpful to include “Author Notes” at the end of the book for the parents
- It is best to tell your story in the child perspective, rather than an adult’s perspective. Remember you are writing for children and about children.
- Have an elevator pitch ready about your work when you are networking with other professionals in the publishing industry.