NESCBWI 2012 Conference: Keeping it Real

Springfield, Massachusetts
Friday, April 20, 2012

Author and Illustrator Academies

Academy registration is closed as of March 10, 2012

Ready to jump into your work head first in a small group of dedicated writers or illustrators? This year, the New England SCBWI conference will offer small, intensive academies for authors and illustrators at the 2012 Spring Conference from Friday, April 20 through Sunday, April 22 in Springfield, MA. There is no additional cost to participate in an academy.

Each academy will be limited to a small group of 24. In order to participate, you must have a completed manuscript or a portfolio of artwork that you are ready to workshop, and you must register for ALL THREE days of the conference (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). You must also be willing and able to submit materials and complete assignments in the months leading up to the conference. 

ACA1 Nonfiction Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Melissa Stewart
This academy is open to writers with a completed, well thought-out draft (either a nonfiction picture book or a full manuscript of a nonfiction book for older readers) ready to be critiqued and revised. A month prior to the conference, each attendee will be paired with two others. Your small group will read and critique each other's work ahead of time and come ready to give and receive meaningful and detailed feedback during the Introduction session.

Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Tanya Lee Stone, Elizabeth Partridge, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti
Nonfiction authors Tanya Lee Stone, Betsy Partridge, and Susan Campbell Bartoletti will each offer lectures, workshops, and discussion designed to help attendees discover what is most important to their nonfiction story and revise accordingly, both during the academy's time together and after the conference. Your completed manuscript must be received by March 10th and not exceed 125 pages, 12 pt type, double spaced.

ACA2 Novel Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Sarah Aronson, Tami Lewis Brown, and Noa Wheeler
Following a short lecture to inspire and motivate you, novelists will meet in their assigned critique groups. Working with a mentor, each group will discuss the strengths of each novel and offer suggestions for revision. Mentors include Author Tami Lewis Brown and Editor Noa Wheeler of Henry Holt. 

Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Sarah Aronson, Carolyn Coman, and Nancy Werlin
Writers Carolyn Coman, Nancy Werlin, and Sarah Aronson will offer lectures, activities, and discussion all devoted to helping you get to the heart of your characters and stories. 
Because we learn so much by reading like a writer, you will be expected to read and critique two works in progress the month before the conference. Your completed draft must be received by March 10. We request that novels be no longer than 250 pages, 12pt font, double spaced. 

ACA3 Picture Book Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Anne Broyles, Sarah Lamstein, and Laya Steinberg 
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Anne Broyles, Sarah Lamstein, and Laya Steinberg 
Are you ready to revise a picture book manuscript? This hands-on Academy offers leader presentations on picture book craft (narrative arc, characterization, voice and more), small group interaction and individual critiques. As you work throughout the Academy to improve your work, leaders will be available for support. Completed manuscripts of less than 1,500 words must be received by March 1 and participants will read three other writers’ manuscripts ahead of time.

ACA4 Advanced Illustrator Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Dan Yaccarino, Kristin Sorra, and Martha Rago
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Dan Yaccarino, Kristin Sorra, and Martha Rago
Every picture book needs strong consistently drawn characters. This illustration intensive will take you through tricks and pointers from some of the best illustrators in the business. Including and not limited to how to make your characters successful, through originality, consistency, and strength. Professional Illustrators Dan Yaccarino and Kristin Sorra along with Associate Creative Director Martha Rago (Harper Collins) will lead the group of 24 illustrators. The program will take place for one Session Friday evening and entirety of the Conference schedule for Sunday. There will be an assignment for the attendees.

Are you an Advanced Illustrator? Qualifications (meet four or more of these):
  • Extensive experience exploring 32-pg picture book format, such as having made multiple storyboards, dummies, and final art for multiple stories
  • Illustration work in progress, including characters you've been developing
  • Extensive drawing experience, including skills in drawing the human figure and settings, and working in color
  • Familiarity with history of picture books, knowledge of well-known characters and illustrators
  • Critique experience with editors, art directors and/or other illustrators
  • Possible publishing experience
  • Five or more years of experience taking illustrator workshops at NESCBWI conferences, and applying what you've learned to your work

ACA5 Beginner Illustrator Academy CLOSED
Friday, April 20, 2012 4:40 pm - 5:35 pm: Introduction with Anne Sibley O’Brien, Brian Lies, and Carol Goldenberg
Sunday, April 22, 2012 9:50 am - 3:05 pm: Academy with Anne Sibley O’Brien, Brian Lies, and Carol Goldenberg
Every picture book needs strong consistently drawn characters. This illustration intensive will take you through tricks and pointers from some of the best illustrators in the business. Including and not limited to how to make your characters successful, through originality, consistency, and strength. Professional Illustrators Anne Sibley O’Brien and Brian Lies along with Art Director Carol Goldenberg (Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) will lead the group of 24 illustrators. The program will take place for one Session Friday evening and entirety of the Conference schedule for Sunday. There will be an assignment for the attendees to complete in advance of the conference.

Are you a Beginning Illustrator? Qualifications (meet two or more of these):
  • Working knowledge of 32-page picture book structure; function of storyboard, dummy, final sample art
  • Some drawing experience
  • Ideas for a story and characters to bring to the workshop
  • One or two completed picture book dummies
Register online starting January 23rd!

Portfolio & Manuscript Critiques

Portfolio & manuscript critique submissions are closed as of March 9, 2012

Manuscript critiques are fifteen minutes of one-on-one time with an editor or agent who will offer feedback on your work. Critiques are available for illustrator portfolios, picture book, middle grade, and YA manuscripts, nonfiction of all lengths, poetry, and magazine stories.
Cost: $45 for SCBWI members, $50 for non-members.

In order to participate, you must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference. Critique spots are limited, and submitting materials and payment for critique does not guarantee you a critique. Slots will be filled in the order that complete critique submission materials are received in the mail. Please submit your Critique materials within three days of registering for the conference. No submissions or cancellations will be accepted after March 1, 2012.

Critique Rules
  • Critique spaces are NOT guaranteed with a submission/payment. They are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • If you have a specific reason to request a critique on the Friday or Saturday of the conference, please let us know.
  • Only one (1) critique will be assigned per attendee.
  • If you have a good reason for not being assigned to a particular critiquer, let us know. (For example: you had a critique with that person recently, you already work with that publisher and would like to connect with another, you already have an agent and would like to connect with an editor, etc.) We will try to honor your request.
  • Space will only be assigned after you have registered and paid for the conference and we have received your submission.
  • Email confirmations will be sent when we assign you a space.
  • If all spaces are assigned, you will be notified by email and your manuscript and check will be returned at the conference.
  • Do NOT contact the Critique Coordinator directly. You will be informed of your critique status when it has been determined.
Critique Guidelines for Writers
  • Send a sample of no more than ten pages from one manuscript. Additional pages will be removed.
  • You may send a complete picture book manuscript that is ten pages or shorter, but you may not send more than one picture book manuscript even if the total number of pages is less than ten pages.
  • For novels, include either the first ten pages of the manuscript or a cover letter plus brief synopsis of the remaining book that combine for a total of ten pages.
  • If you send poetry, please send no more than 3 poems that fit within the ten-page limit. Please note that we have no critiquers this year who specialize in poetry. Any poetry submissions will be assigned to a critiquer who can provide general comments only.
  • Your pages should follow the manuscript format recommended by the article, “From Keyboard to Printed Page,” which can be found in the Resources section of the SCBWI website.
  • On the first page of your manuscript, in the upper right hand corner, please indicate the approximate word count of the entire document.
  • Also, indicate the type of work (e.g. picture book, MG, YA, etc) plus the genre (Fiction or Nonfiction, Contemporary, Historical, Fantasy, Science Fiction, etc.) so we can place the manuscript with an appropriate critiquer.
Critique Guidelines for Illustrators
  • Bring your portfolio to the consultation. Do not send original artwork in advance. SCBWI-NE and the Sheraton Springfield will not accept liability for damage to artwork originals.
  • If you wish, you may submit art samples (copies only) in advance of your critique. Include no more than three postcards or three 8½” x 11” sheets with your application and payment.

Agent Quick Query Meetings

Agent Quick Query registration is closed as of March 1, 2012
Have you been trying to catch an agent's eye? Are you tired of waiting by the phone? Join us for the Agent Quick Queries event. Get written feedback and a 10-minute critique of your Agent Query Letter for your COMPLETED Middle Grade or Young Adult manuscript. These sessions are designed to be educational (real live agents speak to you), face-to-face (no desperate phone calls), and best of all, one-on-one. 
Cost: $25

Agent Quick Queries will be available Friday 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm and Saturday 9:50 am - 11:40 am. Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. In order to participate, you must register for both Friday and Saturday of the conference. Due to the complexity of the scheduling process, you must be able to commit to arriving at the conference by 2:00 pm on Friday, April 20th.

Details:
  • Format your query letter as a one page PDF file.
  • Email the PDF file to Laura Pauling, Agent Quick Query Coordinator, at agentquickquery@gmail.com.
  • Submit your query letter no later than 3 days after you register, or by March 1, 2012, whichever is sooner.
  • No cancellations or submissions will be accepted after March 1, 2012.

Poster Contest

Download 2012 Poster Contest Guidelines [PDF]

Show off your art for the chance to win great prizes in the 2012 Poster Contest. The contest is open to all illustrators, and prizes will be awarded in the published, unpublished, and people's choice categories. We're excited to announce that famous illustrators Harry Bliss and Dan Yaccarino will be judging this year's contest. 

Prizes include the Michelson gallery award for Best in Show as well as gift certificates for art supplies and promotional materials. In order to be considered for a prize, your work must meet the qualifications below.

Entry fee: $25

The challenge: A Whole New World
How do you go about building an entire world in just one image? How do you use illustration to "keep it real" ? Explore a new world in your poster.

The Details:
  • Your contest image can be no larger than 16" x 20".
  • Mount the illustration on a piece of foam core board so it is self-standing, or bring a table easel for display.
  • Bring a print or copy of the original. Please do not bring the original artwork!
  • Email a scanned or photographed copy of your image to the Poster Contest Coordinator no later than Wednesday, April 18th at 4:00 pm. These images will be shown in the slideshow award presentation.
  • We will accept images for drop off at the registration desk on Friday between 2:30 pm & 4:30 pm and on Saturday between 7:30 am and 8:30 am.
  • Posters will be stored in a secure room overnight, and will be displayed for the entire weekend, or until you choose to take your work home.
  • Contest voting will take place on Saturday, and winners will be announced at the closing ceremony at 4:30 pm.
  • You must pick up your work by lunchtime on Sunday. Any work left after lunch on Sunday is left at the artist's own risk.

Register and pay online starting January 23rd!


Submission Strategy Consultations

Submission Strategy Consultations are closed as of March 1, 2012

Do you have a book idea or illustration portfolio to present but are not sure if it is marketable, who to target it at, and how? Or perhaps your lovingly finessed and revised manuscript still hasn't found its perfect agent or editor match? We are excited to announce the addition of Submissions Strategy Consultations as part of our schedule for 2012.
Cost: $45 for SCBWI members, $50 for non-members.

Space is limited and will be assigned on a first come, first served basis. In order to participate, you must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference. You must send in your submission packet postmarked within three days of registering, so start preparing your submission materials now!
Lionel Bender will meet with individual authors and illustrators - published and unpublished - looking to determine the viability of their idea or portfolio and to select efficiently and effectively those publishers or agents who might be interested in their work. Lionel will focus on how authors and/or illustrators should go about determining their target publishers (or agents). Lionel will be meeting with people who have not started the submissions process.
Harold Underdown will meet one-on-one with experienced published and pre-published authors interested in creating a targeted submission plan or proposal (for agent and/or editor submissions). Query letters, sample materials, and submission plans will be discussed. Harold will meet with people who have already started the submissions process.

Is a Submission Strategy Consultation right for you?
  • You are an experienced author or illustrator with a completed book or illustration portfolio
  • You have done significant revisions to your work, but it still hasn't found the right editor or agent
  • You have experience writing query letters or synopses, or creating presentation material to pitch your work

NetWit Social Media and Promotion Consultations
 *NEW This Year*

Download NetWit Social Media & Promotion Consultation Guidelines and Sample Questions [PDF]

A team of social media "wits" are ready to answer your burning questions about marketing on the "net." We have knowledge to share and have experienced success in areas you want to be successful. In order to participate, you must register for BOTH Friday and Saturday of the conference.
Cost: $35

What Can I Ask?

Twitter
  • How do I create a Twitter account?
  • What makes a good tweet?
  • Why bother tweeting?
  • How do I meet people?
  • How do I get involved in Tweetchats?
  • How do I meet people?
  • Are there no-nos?
Skyping
  • How do I get Skype school visits?
  • What should I charge?
  • What do I do in a Skype visit?
  • How do I figure out the tech part?
Promotion
  • Should I promote my book before it's published?
  • What are the most effective ways to get my book noticed?
  • What are the top five things I need to do to support my book?
  • Do I need to make a book trailer and if so, how do I do that?
  • How can I get on TV or radio?
Blogging
  • How do I set up a blog?
  • How do I create a post?
  • What should I write in a post?
  • How often do I need to post?
  • Do I have to blog to have a presence in my business?
Facebook
  • How do I create a Fan Page?
  • Should I have a Fan Page?
  • How to I get my blog to automatically post to FB?
  • What kinds of things should I put up on FB?
  • What kinds of things should I not put up on FB?
Who are the NetWits?

Katie Davis - Author/illustrator of nine books for children, host of #1 podcast in iTunes in Children's Publishing, and author of How to Promote Your Children's Book: Tips, Tricks, and Secrets to Create a Bestseller. Her website is katiedavis.com.

Kate Messner - Award-winning author, former journalist and middle school English teacher, and 2012 TED speaker. She's Skyped with more than a thousand kids in classrooms from Chicago to Bangkok and maintains a popular online list of authors who Skype with classes and book clubs. Her website is www.katemessner.com.

Greg Fishbone - Author of the Galaxy Games middle-grade series from the Tu Books imprint of Lee & Low Books, longtime New England SCBWI webmaster and technology advisor, and founder of the Class of 2k7 debut author group and subsequent 2k Class cooperative marketing groups. His website is www.gfishbone.com.

How can I meet a NetWit and get my burning questions answered?
  1. When you sign up for the conference, register for your NetWit Social Media & Promotion Consultation.
  2. Submit your question as part of your registration.
  3. Pay the non-refundable $35 fee for the 15-minute Q&A.
  4. Remember you can change your question even up to the last minute.
  5. You get the full 15 minutes no matter what. If your first question is resolved quickly, you're free to ask another one or two!

Register and pay online starting January 23rd!


Portfolio Showcase *NEW This Year*

Download Portfolio Showcase Guidelines [PDF]
Download NESCBWI 2012 Illustrator Release Form [PDF]

The Portfolio Showcase is full - currently accepting waitlist only

By popular demand, the New England SCBWI is thrilled to announce The Portfolio Showcase, a new feature for Illustrators.

On Friday night from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm the Portfolio showcase will be open for our specially invited art directors, editors and agents from children’s publishing, as well as volunteers. Then on Saturday from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm the Portfolio showcase will be open to all Conference faculty, volunteers, and attendees. The Portfolio Showcase is a fantastic opportunity for the illustrators who attend the Conference to have a showcase of their work for members of the publishing community.

It is free to participate, but you must register for Friday and Saturday of the conference. Space is limited will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

Portfolio Exhibition Guidelines
Please read through all requirements carefully.

What to exhibit: Portfolio, Promotional Postcards, Book Dummy (optional), Feedback Cards (optional)

Portfolio:
  • Standard formats only.
  • Only one (1) portfolio permitted.
  • Size: up to 14” width & height, depth proportional to a flat portfolio within the above proportions.
  • Length: 12–15 pages suggested.
  • Make sure your portfolio is clearly marked with your name.
Promotional Postcards:
  • To be placed by your portfolio.
  • Amount: up to 100 of each is suggested.
  • Size: up to 6 x 9 inches.
  • Other ephemera like business cards, bookmarks, stickers, etc. are permitted, so long as they do not exceed 6 x 9 inches.
  • No card holders *please — we cannot ensure their safety or return.
  • Please include your name and contact information.
Dummy (Mockup Book):
  • Can be in addition to your portfolio, NOT instead of a portfolio
  • Amount: Only one (1) Dummy permitted.
  • It MUST be Securely attached to your portfolio (string or ribbon suggested). This is not an option, but a requirement. Please arrive with your dummy already attached to your portfolio. Thank you.
Anonymous Feedback Cards:
  • A small stack of 3x5 index cards to be placed by your portfolio.
  • Cards must be labeled with your name.
  • May include feedback prompts (i.e.: "What do you like best about my portfolio?", "Where do you think I need improvement?").
  • Securely attach an envelope for your feedback cards to your portfolio.
Please note what is NOT permitted:
  • Oversized portfolios (whether in length, depth or width)
  • Non-secured portfolio (images not securely attached to portfolio)
  • Original art
  • Framed art
  • Published books (You may, of course, display spreads from your published books within your portfolio, if you wish.)
  • 3-dimensional art
  • Easels, stands or props of any kind
  • Portfolios in unusual novelty formats, such as boxes

Register online starting January 23rd!


 

Contact Information

  • Email: nescbwi12@gmail.com
    Twitter: @nescbwi

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Payment Instructions

  • Tuition fees apply for each day of the conference. A discount will apply when you register for the full three days.

    We welcome payment either by credit card or by check. If you prefer to submit a check, please print a copy of your registration invoice and mail it along with a check for the total to:

    SCBWI 
    New England
    19 Francine Drive
    Holliston, MA 01746

    You will receive an email confirmation of payment receipt.

    Your registration can only be confirmed once payment is received.


    SCBWI Member
    Full Conference
    (all three days with discount): $245
    Friday: $75
    Saturday: $125
    Sunday $75

    Non-Member
    Full Conference
    (all three days with discount): $295
    Friday: $100
    Saturday: $150
    Sunday $100

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