New York: Almost There



At the end of this week I’m heading to New York, and I couldn’t be more excited. The trip is a result of winning the 2011 SCBWI National Summer Conference Portfolio Showcase award. SCBWI has set up three meetings with art directors so I can meet face to face and discuss my work with them. I’ve decided to make the most of the trip by also attending the SCBWI New York National conference¬†over the weekend, so it’s doubly exciting.

My agent, Jennifer Rofe, has been helping me hone my portfolio, and suggested that I add a few black and white spot drawings in the hopes of expanding into work for middle grade novels.

For promotional materials, she suggested new promo cards to display with my portfolio and to hand out at the conference. They are double-sided, 5×7″ cards:

Postcard front

Postcard back














And for my meetings at the publishing houses, I will bring ‘tear sheets’ – which are 8.5×11″ color copies showing a variety of my illustrations. Editors and art directors keep these on file as a quick reference when they’re looking for illustrators for new projects.

My 2012 tear sheet design

Last, but definitely not least, I’m so excited to meet with my editor, Nancy Paulsen, and my art director (and mentor) Cecilia Yung, who I’m currently working with on my first picture book story. It will be so exciting to finally meet Nancy for the first time, and be able to discuss our project together.

I couldn’t be more thrilled about this opportunity, and hope to plant seeds of many future projects to come. If you’re going to be in New York at the SCBWI conference, I hope we cross paths there!


  1. very awesome! You look ready. Hope it is an incredible experience.

    • SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) is an amazing ortiansagion for anyone who’s interested in writing for children. And like Caroline, I’ve got lots of SCBWI authors and illustrators travelling to my launch. It’s like an enormous extended family. It’s my top tip for anyone wanting to write for children: join SCBWI. Really good luck to Caroline with her book.

  2. congratulations on your upcoming book! look forward to hearing more about it. looks like you will have a very productive time in nyc. best of luck with everything.

  3. I love your work Eliza. You do such a great job of showing off wonderful promotional materials and portfolio ideas/advice. Not to mention displaying beautiful pieces every time. Have fun and good luck in NY!

  4. I hope that the trip was everything you hoped it would be! I was actually sitting next to you (and chatted with you briefly) at the portfolio showcase on Sunday. I was totally bummed when I caught a glimpse of your nametag and realized who you were later in the day… I’ve been a follower of your blog for a long time and I just love your work. It would have been nice to tell you that in person. Good luck with your new book and everything the next year brings. Next time I see you at a conference I will be sure to introduce myself!

    • Thank you for telling me so now! I’m glad our paths crossed (even if un-awares), and let’s keep in touch so that next time we connect we’ll know it! Your portfolio is really impressive, keep up the great work. ‘Til next time!

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