My very first SCBWI meeting was some time in the year 2000. I managed to sneak away from my three babies – feeling terrified the entire time I drove around looking for USD, looking for parking, looking for the right building, then the right classroom until I finally snuck in the back at least a half hour late.
And was completely blown away by Jean Ferris.
The whole experience was exhausting, humbling – and inspiring!
The San Diego chapter of SCBWI is a busy one. They have monthly meetings – a point of pride since many other chapters are not able to provide such a consistent source of support and information. These meetings are packed! And in a much bigger classroom than the one I visited so long ago.
My Super Blog Buddy and I presented our “lessons learned” at Saturday’s meeting – Sue has already posted our tidbits of info regarding our WIP, this blog. The lineup of speakers is a prime example of how the powers that be for our local chapter (most prominently Janice Yuwiler, Patricia Buckley and Debra Schmidt) manage to draw on the varied experiences of local authors.
During the short but informative presentations we heard about:
- Memoirs: Suzan Wilson
- Local journalism opportunities: Sara Appel-Lennon
- Manuscripts that change from short stories into picture books: Anne Bromley
- Publicity efforts for new books: Mara Price
- The agent-author relationship: Melissa Wiley
- The religious market and contract issues: Karen Scanlon
- Tips on the business side of being an illustrator: Lori Mitchell
- Insights behind the particulars of the newest book from a real pro as well as ideas for school visits: Edith Hope Fine
For all the aspiring authors in the room looking to get published, Edith had a magical card that summed up the key to success: PERSISTENCE.
And really, in their own way with their own particular focus, that was the same lesson everyone shared. Thanks to Edith for making it crystal clear.
My own writing journey has been a long roller coaster – but SCBWI has helped in oh so many ways.
San Diego SCBWI is hosting a conference in February. Check out the lineup! Wow.
Sarah Wones Tomp
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