art by Gail Maki Wilson
Winning Entry of the SCBWI AZ 2012 Creativity Contest
SCBWI Arizona Presents
“Welcome to Our House”
2013 Annual Conference
Celebrating Our Successes
Join Us to Celebrate 25 + Years as a Region
October 12, 2013
8:30 AM – 6:00 PM
Chaparral Suites Resort and Conference Center
REGISTRATION FOR THE CONFERENCE INCLUDES
Outstanding Industry Faculty
Acclaimed Authors and Illustrators
Keynotes and Plenary Talks
Up Close and Personal Q and A With Faculty
First Page and First Look
Written Manuscript and Portfolio Evaluations*
(*At an additional cost.)
PAL Book Sales
3rd Annual: SCBWI AZ Creativity Contest
REGISTRATION IS OPEN
is an Editor at Scholastic specializing in chapter book and middle grade fiction. He has worked on the STAT series by the New York Knicks all-star, Amar’e Stoudemire, the New York Times Bestseller Game Changers series by Mike Lupica, and The Puppy Place series by Ellen Miles. He has also been editor of all the Goosebumps series publishing by R.L. Stine since 2009. Matt is always on the lookout for strong boy books. He loves humor, sports, adventures, horror, and general weirdness. He is interested in publishing the kinds of books that will start and keep boys reading. He looks for an original voice, a good sense of humor, and strong characters with multicultural backgrounds. Recently, Matt has been given the opportunity to edit Young Adult novels and is looking for the right projects with these qualities to be among his first acquisitions.
is an Assistant Editor at Schwartz & Wade Books, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books. She works mostly on picture books and middle grade novels including SOPHIE’S SQUASH by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Anne Wilsdorf—which was published by S&W in August 2013 to four starred reviews. Stephanie is also the editor of a forthcoming middle grade British novel, MY BROTHER’S SHADOW by Tom Avery, and a picture book tall tale tentatively titled JACKET MCCABE AND THE ELECTRIC TELEGRAPH by Lucy Rozier. She’s always on the look out for highly original picture book manuscripts, particularly smart humorous titles and picture book biographies. She is also interested in character-driven middle grade novels with a strong voice, and non-traditional non-fiction for young readers. She is not a good match for high fantasy.
is a Literary Agent with the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She began her career in agenting after working as a long-time children's bookseller and buyer. She is also the founder of the extremely popular YA event series "Not Your Mother's Book Club." She joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency in 2007. Always on the lookout for sparkling YA and middle grade fiction with unusual and unforgettable characters and vivid settings, she is drawn to all kinds of books, whether realistic comedies or richly imagined magical adventures. However, the common thread in her favorite stories is an offbeat world-view. Jennifer adores simplicity, but she is not interested in the conventional, predictable, mechanical, gimmicky or ordinary. Jennifer loves funny books, thrilling books, romantic books, books that make her cry, and all-around un-put-downable books... and her true favorites are all of the above. Her clients include National Public Radio's own "children's book ambassador" and the author of over 100 books for young readers, Daniel Pinkwater, whose latest novel is BUSHMAN LIVES! (Houghton/HMH). His wife, the talented artist Jill Pinkwater, who did the vibrant illustrations for their book BEAUTIFUL YETTA (THE YIDDISH CHICKEN) (Feiwel & Friends). Author/illustrator Calef Brown, whose whimsical drawings and poems have garnered him praise and the number one spot on the NYT bestseller list. Ilsa J. Bick, author of ASHES (Egmont), who is quickly becoming one of the most gripping voices in YA thrillers. Jackie Dolamore, whose fantasy worlds are so gorgeously wrought in books like BETWEEN THE SEA AND SKY (Bloomsbury). Edgy debut YA novelists like L.K. Madigan, whose FLASH BURNOUT (Houghton/HMH) was an ALA Morris Award Winner. And Erin Lange, author of BUTTER (Bloomsbury). These are to name just a few.
is an Associate Literary Agent at Foreword Literary Agency where she represents picture books and middle grade authors and illustrators. For more than five years, she’s been involved professionally with books through print and online publications such as Women’s World, Parenting Magazine and at her top rated children’s book review site “There's A Book.” She's also served as a judge for The Cybils awards for fiction picture books for the last three years. Danielle is most interested in finding new author/illustrator talent, children’s fiction, and creative non-fiction from picture books through middle grade. She enjoys magical realism mixed with food in an MG (think Sarah Addison Allen for tweens), books featuring a multi-cultural cast or character without feeling like that's the focus of the story, and sweet PBs featuring good sibling relationships or unique fairytale re-tellings. Danielle’s clients include Julie Falatko, whose recent picture book SNAPPSY THE ALLIGATOR (DID NOT ASK TO BE IN THIS BOOK) sold to Viking Children's in a preempt and will be published in the summer of 2015, as well as Pam van Hylckama Vlieg and Joanna Rowland.
is a poet, freelance writer, and the award-winning author of twenty nonfiction titles and nine NY Times Bestselling young adult novels-in-verse, including CRANK, BURNED, IMPULSE, GLASS, IDENTICAL, PERFECT, and others, plus two adult novels. She has published hundreds of articles on subjects ranging from aviation to child abuse to winegrowing. Ellen mentors other writers through her position as a Regional Adviser for the Nevada chapter of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). She is a regular speaker at schools, book festivals and writers conferences across the US, and now throughout the world. In 2012, Ellen founded Ventana Sierra, Inc., a 501(3)(c) whose mission is to help disadvantaged youth into safe housing and working toward career goals through higher education, vocational training and the arts. Ellen is also a member of the SCBWI International Board of Advisers.
Nancy J. Brennan
is the Associate Art Director at Viking Children’s Books where she works closely with the editorial pros to find the right illustrators for specific projects. Her involvement continues throughout the sketch stages and up to the final art and book design. Teaming with Denise Cronin, Viking’s Art Director, and Tracy Gates, Viking’s Director of Editorial Picture books, Nancy has been instrumental in projects with illustrators Molly Idle, Gianna Marino, Divya Srinivasan, Bagram Ibatoulline, E.B. Lewis, Grace Lin, and Sophie Blackball, among others. Nancy has worked as a graphic designer and Art Director for over 20 years. She started out with a small book packager and later transitioned to designing CD packaging. Then she returned to what she loves most—designing children’s books. For the past twelve years, Nancy has been at Viking where her responsibilities include art directing and designing books from very young board books to very adult YA covers, including middle grade, nonfiction and every thing in between. What she truly loves about her job is the variety of experiences, the involvement with so many very talented people, and the opportunities to create fabulous books for every age.
is the author of nearly 60 books for children. When he began writing books for children, Stephen did it with a bang. In the space of five years he wrote 25 books for the SWRL Reading Program published by Ginn. He has since written a number of major reading programs for several companies including Ginn, American Book Company, and Harcourt Brace, Jovanovich. Most readers know Stephen for his trade books beginning with the publication of 101 BLACK CATS (Scholastic) in 1975, and continuing through the 1999 release of MAID MARIANS' ADVENTURES IN SHERWOOD FOREST: A GIRLS TO THE RESCUE NOVEL (Meadowbrook). He has written in every genre: picture books (THE GHOST WITH THE HALLOWEEN HICCUPS), series books (THE CREEPY CREATURE CLUB; IT'S A WEIRD, WEIRD SCHOOL), nonfiction (LIGHTS! CAMERA! SCREAM!), and novels (ELVIS IS BACK AND He's IN THE SIXTH GRADE). His most recent easy reader series is GOOFBALL MALONE, ACE DETECTIVE. Stephen is also known to many as the Co-Founder and President of SCBWI.
FEATURED SCBWI AZ P.A.L MEMBERS
has written and illustrated picture books for Viking Press, Bloomsbury USA, and Chronicle Books, among other publishers. Her most recent books are FLORA AND THE FLAMINGO, an innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps where Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance and TEA REX, the story of a little girl who invites Tyrannosaurus Rex to tea. Molly has been drawing ever since she could wield a pencil. But while she started scribbling before she could walk, her professional career as an artist began slightly later. It was upon her graduation from Arizona State University, with a BFA in
Drawing, that Molly accepted an offer to work for DreamWorks Feature
Animation Studios. After five years, a number of film credits, and an
incredibly good time, she left the studio and leapt with gusto into the
world of children's book illustrating. In 2010, Molly was the winner of the SCBWI International Portfolio Award, and in the 2011 her art won the SCBWI AZ Creativity Contest.
Erin Jade Lange
is the author of BUTTER, the story of a boy named Butter who declares that he is going to eat himself to death live on the Internet while everyone watches. Butter announces his deadly plan to an army of peers and expects pity,
insults or even indifference. Instead, he finds morbid encouragement. When that encouragement tips the scales into popularity, Butter has a
reason to live. But if he doesn’t go through with his plan, he’ll lose
everything. BUTTER received a starred review by School Library Journal. Erin's second novel DEAD END whose main character Dane Washington doesn’t think he’s a bully. It's just that some guys need to be put in their place. But Twain High doesn’t see it that way, and
Dane is on the brink of getting kicked out of school – until the boy with Down Syndrome moves in across the street. When she's not writing fiction, Erin writes facts. As a journalist, she
is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her
writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers. Erin is also a self-confessed obsessive-compulsive list maker.
Due to extenuating circumstances, Amy Achaibou
with Chronicle Books is unfortunately unable to be with us at this year's Welcome to Our House Conference. We will miss her and hope she will join us in the near future. SCBWI AZ wishes Amy and her family well. However, we are very fortunate to welcome Nancy J. Brennan
, the newest addition to the SCBWI AZ 2013 Welcome to Our House Conference Faculty. See Nancy's bio above.
EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW
PLEASE READ ALL INFORMATION CAREFULLY
GENERAL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
-Advance registration is required.
-Registrations will be accepted until maximum capacity is reached.
-Registration Forms must be accompanied by full payment.
-There will be no refunds unless event is cancelled by SCBWI AZ. No substitutions or exchanges. Registrations cannot be transferred from one person to another. SCBWI AZ reserves the right to charge an additional administrative fees for any change to a registration.
-Make all checks payable to SCBWI-AZ.
-Be sure to include your E-mail address on your Registration Form. Conference Registration & Evaluation Placements will be confirmed by E-mail.
-If you do not receive an evaluation confirmation, your evaluation check and manuscript or portfolio will be returned to you at the conference.
SCBWI MEMBER RATES for Registration
Postmarked ON/BEFORE 8-31-2013
Postmarked AFTER 8-31-2013
NONMEMBER RATES for Registration
Postmarked ON/BEFORE 8-31-2013
Postmarked AFTER 8-31-2013
Download Registration Form
MANUSCRIPT & PORTFOLIO EVALUATIONS
In order to better serve our members and conference attendees we offer written evaluations in lieu of face-to-face evaluations at the event. In addition, each evaluator will select the most promising manuscript or portfolio from their group for a bonus ten minute, face-to-face meeting which will take place at the end of the event. You must be registered for the conference to be eligible for an evaluation.
Your materials and written evaluations will be distributed at the close of the conference.
A limited number of evaluation slots are available from the faculty, which includes the editors, agents, art directors, authors and illustrators. Materials will be vetted by the members of the conference committee and assigned accordingly.
In order to ensure that your work will be evaluated, it should be
received by August 31, 2013. Consider using priority or second day
airmail for a timely delivery. However, do not use any delivery method
that requires a signature. If there are available slots for evaluations
after August 31st, SCBWI will continue to accept requests until slots
are full, but there are no guarantees we will be able to accommodate
requests after August 31st.
Please remember that an evaluation is not a submission. It is an opportunity for feedback and suggestions on how to improve your work.
If your evaluator would like you to send the project after the conference, you will be informed. However, this is not guaranteed.
Manuscripts and portfolios that do not meet the guidelines will not be eligible for evaluation.
MANUSCRIPT and PORTFOLIO
A Separate Check and Form for each requested Evaluation must be sent with your General Conference Registration Form and Conference Registration Check.
HOW TO REQUEST AN EVALUATION
Read all Guidelines
Download the Evaluation Request Form.
Mail your Registration Form, Registration Check, Evaluation Request Form, and Evaluation Check to SCBWI AZ. (Please send separate checks: one for Registration; one for Evaluation Request.)
Download Manuscript/Portfolio Evaluation Request Form
MANUSCRIPT EVALUATION GUIDELINES
If you are requesting a manuscript evaluation, you must include two copies of the manuscript
in standard manuscript format, along with your checks and forms. See requirements below.
Picture Book: Send the entire manuscript using the format below. Not to exceed 800 words.
Chapter Books, Middle Grade, or YA Manuscript: Send the first ten pages - not to exceed 2,500 words. A 100-word synopsis may be included.
HOW TO FORMAT
(Applies to All Written Evaluations)
1. Do not include a cover letter or resume.
2. Use good weight (20 lb.) white computer paper, 8 1/2 by 11.
3. Use 12-point type - Times New Roman. No handwritten manuscripts.
4. Type double-spaced, with no more than 25 lines to the page, except for the first page which begins 5 inches from the top of the page. Allow margins of at least 1 inch on each side of the paper and at the top and bottom of each page.
5. The format on the first page should conform to the following specifications: Your first and last name (1 inch from the top of page). Address (below your name) - Phone number (below your address) -Fax (below your phone number) - E-mail address (below your fax number). TITLE ALL IN CAPS (5 inches from the top of the page) – The story begins 4 lines below the title. Put the total word count of the entire work in upper right hand corner of page 1.
In the upper right hand corner of the first page, specify the entire manuscript’s word count. On the next line, specify one of the following: Picture Book; Early Reader; Chapter Book; Middle Grade Novel; YA Novel; Nonfiction, etc.
6. Number each page consecutively in the top right-hand corner, with the exception of the first page, which is not numbered.
7. Include on every page (with the exception of the first page) your last name and key word from the title. This information should go in the upper left-hand corner.
Use a paper clip to hold the pages together. Do not staple.
Must be neat, clean, and professional looking.
Acceptable Portfolio sizes: 8 1/2 x 11 - 9 x 12 1/2 - 11 x 14.
1. Portfolio should contain no more than 10 pieces.
2. Label portfolio clearly with your name and contact information.
3. Make your presentation clean and professional looking.
4. Do not include a cover letter or resume.
5. Do not include any original artwork. Send copies only.
6. You must include a CD version of the portfolio clearly labeled in permanent ink.
7. If you are an
author/illustrator, you may also include one dummy with your request for
a portfolio evaluation. Dummy size must not exceed portfolio sizes.
FIRST PAGE AND FIRST LOOK PANEL SESSION
During this session, faculty members comment on first pages and illustrations much in the same way they would when opening a submission. In this session the pages and illustrations are presented anonymously. To participate, conference registrants may send either a first page or a sample illustration for the panel to review. Not all pages and illustrations will be used, however, everyone stands to learn something from the process. Please adhere to the guidelines below.
FIRST PAGE GUIDELINES
Send 7 copies of one professionally formatted first page with your registration.
The first page must conform to the following specifications:
One-inch margins all around.
Your first and last name in the top left corner.
Address (below your name).
Phone number (below your address).
E-mail address (below your phone number).
5 inches down from the top of the page, center your title in ALL CAPS.
Begin the story 4 lines below the title, typed double spaced in 12 point Times News Roman. Total number of typed lines should not exceed 12.
In the upper right hand corner of the page, give the total word count of the entire manuscript and specify: Picture Book; Chapter Book; Middle Grade Novel; YA Novel; Nonfiction; etc.
FIRST LOOK ILLUSTRATION GUIDELINES
Submit one color or black and white image by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Image requirements: JPEG PDF or GIF files. Images should be at 72 dpi. All media. Largest size should be 900 pixels. Size should not exceed 10 MG.
SCBWI AZ SLIDE SHOW
P.A.L. members may submit up to two Published and Listed book cover images for use in the SCBWI AZ slide show. Image requirements: Jpeg. Images should be at 72 dpi. All media. Largest size should be 900 pixels. Size should not exceed 10 MG. Send images via email to RegionalAdvisor@scbwi-az.org. Include your name, email address, title of book, publisher and year published in the E-mail.
SCBWI has many wonderful published authors and illustrator among our members. SCBWI AZ is proud to offer our P.A.L. members the opportunity to have their Published and Listed books offered for sale in the bookstore at our annual regional conference this year. Members wishing to participate in the P.A.L book sale should complete the P.A.L Book Sale section of the conference registration form.
Please consider donating one new children's book to the SCBWI Book Basket. The books will be donated to a worthy non-profit organization in our region. In 2012, books were donated to Central Arizona Shelter Services, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization that provides shelter and supportive services to nearly 10,000 of the Valley’s homeless each year.
For over 25 years, CASS has been empowering homeless individuals and families to become self-sufficient and effectively end their homelessness.
Participants donating a book will get an extra door prize ticket.
CONFERENCE LOCATION / SLEEPING ROOMS
Chaparral Suites Resort
and Conference Center
5001 North Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, Arizona 85250
800 494-3146 – Local: 480 949-1414
Chaparral Suites Resort and Conference Center is located in Scottsdale, on the northeast corner of Chaparral and Scottsdale Roads. There is a designated conference parking lot next to the Conference Center behind the Resort. For more details about the location and parking, go to www.chaparralsuites.com or MapQuest.
SUITES AT CHAPARRAL SUITES RESORT
Chaparral Suites Resort has spacious two-room suites, with separate living rooms and master bedrooms. Each suite features a wet bar with microwave, refrigerator, and coffee maker. They also provide complimentary airport transportation, complimentary daily cooked-to-order breakfast, complimentary reception each evening, complimentary USA Today, complimentary High-speed Internet, and free parking.
Beginning on August 1, 2013, the resort will be holding a limited number of suites for SCBWI AZ “Welcome to Our House” attendees. The group rate includes all of the above amenities. Many suites have two double beds and a pull out queen-size sofa bed and can accommodate four people. Other suites have king size beds and a queen- size sofa bed. Please call Chaparral Suites Resorts directly for a reservation. Ask for the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI AZ) group rate. Book early.
NOTE: SCBWI AZ reserves the right to extend required dates as necessary.
art by Molly Idle
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