I started writing this post back right after the thing, but never finished, so here I finish it now.
I'm back from the 2010 SCBWI winter conference. Tired, overwhelmed with info and inspiration. It was good. I had no idea there were so many people in SCBWI, but to be surrounded by so many people with like interests was a comforting (and a little intimidating) feeling.
Some quick highlights, because there it too much:
Lots of people. They gave us lunch. It was lovely. Good rolls.
Amazon donated money. That was nice of them.
(photo: from the SCBWI blog team)
I was mesmerized by Edward Necarsulmer, who talked about contracts for a couple hours. It was INSANELY informative.
Author/illustrator Jim Benton (of Happy Bunny fame) is a hoot, and this image cracked me up.
I got a compliment from Lisa Desimini regarding my piece for the Illustrator's Intensive exercise, so I'm pretty psyched about that. I learned some good stuff, and I hope to be in a much further-along place this time next year.
The portfolio exhibit was a great opportunity, and I hope at least a few of my postcards were taken by ADs and such that liked my work. My biggest criticism is that, unlike the writers' intensive, the illustrators had no personal feedback regarding our portfolios themselves. We got a followup email from the team with great pointers, but they were sort of general "Portfolio 101" tips. Still, the ability to put my portfolio in a closed room with up to potentially a couple hundred ADs, editors and publisher-biz folk was not to be missed, and I'm grateful to the SCBWI for putting it together. Thanks!