Sunday night I attended the pre-conference networking dinner for #SCBWISyd Conference 2016. Boy, did I have a lot of networking to do. I was one of a great team of Roving Reporters as well as being New Member Coordinator for SCBWI Sydney. So if I came across anyone standing alone looking lost I went up to them, introduced myself and had a chat. If friends walked by I would grab them and introduce the newbie to them. It was fun. It was exhausting. But luckily I am a sociable person so this was the perfect role for me.
You can read my Roving Report here: Pitch to publishers
The reports written by other Rovers can be found here: SCBWI East Australia & New Zealand
I had booked two editor consultations from different publishing houses. The feedback I received from both editors about two different manuscripts was invaluable. Fresh eyes on your work is so important. Especailly from experts in the children’s book industry. I could not wait to get home and rework my stories.
On the final day, there was a choice of two masterclasses and I have to admit, I always feel torn as to which one to attend. This time I chose the class for illustrators with the uber talented Sarah Davis. I love learning new tips on how to illustrate.
I tweeted quite a lot about the event and you can check out my Twitter feed here: @RamonaofJersey
I also bought books written by two friends that have recently been published. I am lucky enough to have Penny Morrison as a critique buddy and Elizabeth Kasmer I met at the CYA Conference in 2015.
But the best thing about the conference really is the great writing community you become a part of. Here I am on the right of the photo with new and old writer and illustrator friends: