Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Writer's Wednesday: Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

I recently attended an SCBWI spring conference in Tulsa with my critique buddies Sonia Gensler and Lisa Marotta.

Plus, I had the pleasure of being assigned to agent Rebecca Sherman's table at lunch. She was delightful and passionate about being an agent. It's seldom one meets people who enjoy their jobs, but she does. How refreshing!

Even though our Oklahoma SCBWI hosts small conferences, I'm always impressed with the quality.

At the end of the day, a question was posed to all of the speakers.  
"What is your dream submission?" 

"A project that could only have come from that mind."  She referred to David Ezra Stein's book Interrupting Chicken
--Rebecca Sherman, literary agent from Writer's House

"I'd love, love, love for someone to figure out what the next Ramona Quimby is."
--Martha Mihalick, Associate Editor of Greenwillow Books (an imprint of HarperCollins)

Steam punk, alternative history, diverse mythologies explored other than Greco-Roman and Egyptian
--Nicholas Eliopulos, Editor of Scholastic

"A good domestic Little Women" or "A smart, new Cricket in Times Square."
--Katherine Jacobs, Associate Editor of Roaring Brook Press (an imprint of Macmillan)

Is your book the stuff of their dreams?

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