Sunday, October 22, 2006
Wow!! Now that was what I call a conference!!
I've come home from my Rutger's University Children's Book Council Conference totally re- inspired by the atmosphere at this gathering! I have to tell you I have not been to too many conferences but this one was absolutely wonderful. I got to sit at a round table of some very down to earth, incredibly talented published illustrators and authors who only had positive things to say about the industry and gave us all a new sense of hope and and told us to keep up our perseverence and just keep moving forward. I know a big part of their being there was to promote their works but considering they are not paid one red cent for donating a whole day to this conference they should really be commended. I had a great one on one portfolio and book dummy review with Eddie Weinberg from McGraw Hill/MacMillan. Right off the bat I told her I had a tough skin and would have no quams with any negative criticism she might have to say about my work. It was very positive overall but she did tell me that she wasn't partial to colored pencil as are many houses because of reproduction problems. I had a few pieces in this medium and she suggested I shy away from that and stick with the paint!! So yes Gina I guess we have to let go of those blessed little sticks, argh!! She gave me some great pointers on my book dummy about page layout etc. In the end I was very happy because she said with a tiny bit of more tweaking it should be sent out as soon as possible. That was very inspiring. Can't wait until tommorow morning when my house is silent and everyone is tucked away at school and work so I can dig into my stuff. Oh, the illustrators at my table were Denise Brunkus ( Junie Bee Jones series) the other was Sophie Blackall ("Meet Wild Boars" it won the Society of Illustrators Founders' award) and Ponder Goembel "Castaway Cats" also Lena Shiffman "Coralito's Bay" was the moderator of the group. They all have many books published. I just listed their current works. Anyway, I'm off to bed early tonight so I can get an early start tomorrow!!!! Happy blogging!!!!!!!!