One of the responsibilities (perks) of being a regional advisor for SCBWI is organizing conferences and workshops. That includes the newest incarnation of the SCBWI Europolitan Conference in Brussels. We’ve got some great faculty coming in May including Penguin Random House editors Kendra Levin and Natalie Doherty, from the US and UK respectively. I was lucky enough to “sit down” with them and ask their thoughts on publishing and the partnerships within it. If you’re interested, please join me over at Cynsations, author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s blog who was gracious enough to host us.
A few weeks ago I was fortunate enough to visit the largest book fair in the world with a group of very talented women. You can read all about our experiences over at the SCBWI Germany & Austria Blog.
My first response was, “Me? Why?”
My second response was, “I’d love to!”
So, if you are interested in an in depth look at writing and SCBWI, please go read my very first interview as an author over at Great!Storybook. Then stay for all the other cool kidlit stuff Chazda has going on there.
When I started writing about eleven years ago, I used to lie to myself and say I was just doing it for myself. But in the back of my mind I knew I wanted more. I wanted to be published. Badly. And I wanted to be “officially” published. As in see my book(s) in a bookstore. Or at Target. Or the airport.
And to do that, I knew I had to write a damn good story, good enough to get people to want to work with me, to take a chance with me (on me?) and help bring my stories to the world. And the first step to that was getting an literary agent.
As readers to this blog know, my dream of being published first came true when I was selected as a finalist in the SCBWI Undiscovered Voices 2016 anthology and the first chapter of my book Requiem was published. And let me tell you, being published there opened a whole lotta doors I’d never even imagined would open. All of a sudden, agents were contacting me with requests to read the entire book!
Well, long story short, I ended up signing with one of those agents; the lovely Hannah Sheppard from the DHH Literary Agency in London. And the story of how we met and bonded over snow blizzards and speech team competitions is now up over at the Undiscovered Voices blog. Enjoy!
How can it be March already? Wasn’t I just in New York for the Conference? Well, my calendar tells me that was almost a month ago.
But – better late than never, I’ve posted over on the SCBWI Germany & Austria blog about my germ-filled experience.