Yoo hoo! Over here! Yes, it's Lisa's Sporadic Summer Blog. And if you don't believe me, here's the really expensive official logo . . .
So then, this event happens only once a year. Can you guess what it is? (Think. Think. Think. Think.) You are so smart! Yes, it's the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrator's Summer Conference. Hence to be known at the SCBWISC. (SCBWI is the largest group of children's authors and illustrators in the world. Over 23,000 members. Although, the summer conference is limited to about 1200.)
I have been going to the SCBWISC for 12 or 13 or 14 years. I can't recall, but what I do recall is this. The conference jump started my career. Prior to going, I had NO CLUE about the publishing industry. I had been pulled out of the slush pile by Arthur Levine, but was such a dope and didn't know that the odds of that were pretty slim.
At my first conference everyone was talking about Arthur and HARRY POTTER, which he edited. (Here's a J.K. Rowling quest we went on last winter.) I also learned that when an editor says they would like to see your book, you don't tell them, ". . . but I'm really busy."
And now, here we are, working on novel number eight!
Okay, we were actually having lunch, but we did talk about the novel.
Later we ran into Asian American authors!!!
We also caught up with old friends like Jay Asher (he is is not Asian) . . .
Squeee! It's talented Simon & Schuster art director Laurent Linn . . .
Hello, Richard Peck. Yes, that Richard Peck. The fabulous Newbery-winning Richard Peck . . .
We went to workshops like industry insider Emma Dryden's amazing Reinvention and Reimagination . . .
And one on sorting out the confusion of Royalty statements . . .
The closing keynote was INCREDIBLE. It was given by my pal Jarrett Krosoczka, author/illustrator/radio host/cool dude. Not to brag, but I can spell his name without having to look it up. THAT'S how close we are.
Soon it was time to run around and get the keynote speakers and faculty autographs . . .
Jarrett is always happy to be near me . . .
And here is he, happy again at party a couple of years ago at the Washington Post that is now owned by Jeff Bezos -- like he doesn't have enough to to already . . .
(That's author/illustrator Loren Long looking sad with us. Why? Because)
Nice shoes! Caldecott-ian Marla Frazee wearing fancy clothes at the autograph party . . .
Lookit! It's Caldecott winner Paul O. Zelinsky (He has nice shoes, too. You'll have to trust me on that.)
We weren't supposed to take photos inside, so these aren't photos. Instead, they are highly realistic drawings . . .
(That's my lunch buddy Dan Santat with Marla Frazee.)
We have one of these things in common:
1) All four of us can make a seven layer cake using three ingredients
2) All four of us have competed in Iron Man competitions and won
3) All four of us are represented by Jodi Reamer, from Writers House
To figure out the answer, add 127 + 4, then subtract 111, multiply by zero, and add 3.
During the conference I was slipped this note from a mom. (Her daughter was too shy to give it to me herself.) It made me sooooo happy!
For more about the conference, check out the official SCBWI Conference Blog.
After the conference, there was a SCBWI Board of Advisors meeting. I blurred out the faces of these board members because I forgot to ask them if I could take their picture. However, you can guesswho they are . . .
Thank you SCBWI for all you do!
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