My Super Blog Buddy Sarah likes to say that the true beginning of the year begins in September not January. If you have children, September marks the beginning of a new school year with new teachers, new classes and new schedules to adjust to. If you are a member of the SCBWI here in San Diego, September also marks the beginning of a new season of speakers.
On Saturday we began the new season with author Erin Dealey and her agent Deborah Warren. Erin is a K-12 Language Arts/ theater teacher, Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI California North/Central, and the author of -Goldie Locks Has Chicken Pox and Little Bo Peep Can’t Get to Sleep (Atheneum/Simon & Schuster). Deborah is the founder of East/West Literary and has over 30 years of experience in the publishing industry, she represents children’s authors of all genres, as well as illustrators, and author/illustrators. Her clients include NYT best-selling, award-winning, and crossover talent such as: Marion Dane Bauer, Anna Dewdney, David Diaz-picture book collaborators Eric Litwin and James Dean–Patricia MacLachlan, Judy Sierra and Belle Yang.
With the topic of -From A-Z and East to West –Erin and Deborah demonstrated how the agent-author relationship works. Beginning with the tips, tricks, and publishing terms that began with the letter A and working through to the letter Z, Erin and Deborah talked shop, as well as the pitfalls and gains in the publishing world today.
Here is a glimpse of some of the information shared:
On the increased popularity of ebooks:
“Think of yourself as content creators rather than book authors”
On query letters:
“Sell me don’t tell me”
“Weeding a garden is a great metaphor for revision, it’s a lot of work and your back may hurt and muscles ache, but in the end it’s worth it.”
“It’s not about your talent, it’s about the vision that the publishing house wants to create.”
“You need three things: patience, persistence , professionalism. Talent is not what’s going to get you published.”
It was a truly informative meeting and I am looking forward to next month when Deborah Halverson is scheduled to talk about her new book Writing Young Adult Fiction for Dummies.
If you are interested in the upcoming speakers for SCBWI San Diego be sure to check out the website for more details.
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