I’m going to my first SCBWI conference this weekend – the Wisconsin chapter’s fall conference “Risks and Rewards.” I can’t wait to learn stuff!
I’m also looking forward to networking (eek!) even though it’s outside my comfort zone. I put together some promo materials that I can hopefully share in a non-awkward way. I got some business cards printed with my favorite illustration to date.
I also put together a one-sheet for Run, Cheetah, Run. I haven’t found a lot of examples of people doing this for picture books – it seems more like a novel thing, but I thought I’d give it a whirl. After all, I’m trying to pedal myself as an author/illustrator and this gives me the visual space to show that.
Based on what I gleaned from the World Wide Web, I included book-jacket/query-type copy about my story in the prominent spot, an image that supports the story, and then a short bio and small picture of me. I managed to put this together in InDesign. There’s room for improvement, but it’s not too bad for a silly word-slinging copywriter, eh?
The third thing I put together is an illustration portfolio. I wasn’t wild about using a sheet-protector-style portfolio with a black cover, so I designed a cover and used plastic snap-ring binding instead. I included a clear plastic sheet on the front and back. Not sure if that’s cool or not, but I’ll find out! One of the sessions I’m going to offers a portfolio critique, so I’m excited to get feedback and learn more about what to do and not to do. Oh, and the blurry parts in the photo below are my address. I figured since you put them on your manuscript, they should go on a portfolio (but not on the internet). 🙂
Well, that’s all for now. Here’s hoping I work up the nerve to make connections! Nerd squad here (that’s me!) is mostly just looking forward to learning stuff.