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.
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.
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!