On March 9 and 10, I will be participating in the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Writers Days Conference in Los Angeles, CA, where—in my role as literary agent—I will be discussing some of the challenges and opportunities that exist for diverse writers and illustrators in today’s publishing environment, with a particular focus on Latino artists. I’ll also be participating on an “Agents and Editors” panel, and guiding workshops on writing and pitching picture books and children’s novels. If my schedule for these two days seems intense, it’s because it will be! But this is what SCBWI does best as an organization: it immerses writers head first into the writing process, and it provides ample opportunities for learning about, and getting access to the publishing industry.
These are the reasons why I often direct aspiring children’s writers and illustrators to this organization, and why I’ve decided to share this wonderful resource with Mamiverse readers as well, especially for those moms out there who have given some thought to creating children’s books, or who are already in the process of doing so. The resources on the organization’s webpage alone are worth the cost of its yearly membership! As a literary agent, I can honestly say that I always look at submissions from SCBWI members with particular interest, as I know that they usually come from writers and illustrators who are informed about the world of children’s publishing, and fully committed to work hard at becoming a part of it.
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I could think of no better person to share a bit more about this organization and the work it is doing to help diverse artists than Lee Wind. He, along with author Sarah Laurenson, serves as co-Regional Advisor for the SCBWI-Los Angeles chapter that is organizing this upcoming event. Here is what Lee said: