• On October 5th, we enjoyed a fast paced, information packed Editor's Day at Cal State University in Fullerton.  Our guest speakers included; Joanna Cardenas, Assistant Editor - Viking Children’s  Books, Penguin Young Readers Group Lisa Cheng, Editor – Running Press Kids                       Kat Brzozowski, Assistant Editor – St. Martins Press               Shauna (Fay) Rossano Associate Editor - G. P. Putnam’s  Sons, A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group   Lauren Rille, Associate Art Director - Simon & Schuster  Children's Books Jill Corcoran, Literary Agent and Founder of Jill Corcoran Literary Agency Sara Sciuto, Literary Agent at Full Circle Literary Rosanne Thong, Award winning Picture Book Author Kelly Gash, Professional Organizer We kicked Editor’s Day off with a pre-conference Art Exhibit on Friday, October 4th.  Each attendee was invited to bring one original piece of art. The artwork was so fantastic that some of the pieces were actually sought after and bought by one of our visiting editors! We are so proud of the talent that we have here in SoCal country. On Editor’s Day; Joanna Cardenas from Viking talked about common themes and plot structure. She also mentioned that nonfiction is a growing opportunity at Viking. Kat Brzozowzki gave a great overview of the market for series books and the value of the stand-alone book. She also covered the importants for the writer and illustrator to understand the balance between art and commerce. Shauna Rosanno of G. P. Putnam Sons focused on the elements of a strong first page including an interesting setting and authentic dialog to establish a strong voice. We were also very pleased this year to welcome our first guest art director, Lauren Rille. Lauren provided written picture book dummy critiques and her unique talk allowed us to get a peek at the behind the scenes of an art director’s responsibilities. Lauren also conducted a break out session, reviewing each portfolio that was brought, on the spot. Illustrators were present and listening throughout her critiquing. She shared valuable insights and helpful comments and our illustrators left grateful, challenged and inspired. Our attendees also had the opportunity to participate in pitch sessions, manuscript critiques and a writing and portfolio contest as well. The day was rounded out with three First Pages sessions with the speakers and two guest agents. The icing-on-the-cake was the forty-two randomly drawn attendees who enjoyed lunch at a speaker's table. What a delightful opportunity. Thank you to our CSUF Host, Cliff Cramp and to all of his students volunteers and to our SCBWI volunteers and a big thank you to Lori and Bev, we could not have done it without you.  
  • Another wonderful art exhibit at CSUF with our Editor’s Day illustrators. Each illustrator brought one piece of original art to display. Our guest editors and agents were very impressed and one speaker purchased a few inspirational pieces of original art to take home to New York City.        
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