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New Jersey SCBWI

Posted on: January 21, 2010

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Editors, Agents, ConferencePosted: 15 Jan 2010 10:09 PM PST

Many of you have e-mailed about the annual New Jersey SCBWI conference I run (with a lot of help) in Princeton, NJ. It seems you are getting restless and wondering when I’m going to put up the information and details.  The date is June 4th and 5th this year and the one thing I can tell you for sure, is it will be as good or better than 2009. 

Last year the ratio of editors/agents to attendees was 1 feditor/agent for every seven attendees.  If you’ve never attended a conference, I will tell you that is a high ratio.  I don’t think anyone walked out feeling like they didn’t get to talk and meet a lot of important people.

Since I have been so busy responding to the two computers that blew up with the electric problems I had during the holidays, I have been juggling to put together the next two Mentoring Workshops and the first page sessions, while continuing to work on the June conference.  So I am not ready to announce everything, yet. But I can announce five editors, three agents and one author to wet your appetite.  If I go by last years’ numbers, this is just a third of names I will announce.

Here they are:

Steve Meltzer – Associate Publisher/ Executive Managing Editor, Dial, Dutton, & Celebra

Michelle Poploff – VP Editorial Director, Random House

Regina Griffin – Senior Editor Egmont USA – Workshop with Tracey Adams and Kristin Venuti on process of Kristin’s book.

Carolyn Yoder – Editor, Calkins Creek Books – Senior Editor, History, HIGHLIGHTS – She will be conducting an intensive workshop on Friday morning on writing Historical Fiction and Non-fiction, plus more.

Connie Hsu – Associated Editor, Little, Brown & Company Books For Young Readers

Michael Sterns – Upstart Crow Literary Agency – Agent Panel +

Jill Corcoran – Ronnie Herman Agency – Agent Panel +

Tracey Adams – Adams Literary – Agents Panel +

Kristin Clark Venuti – Author of Leaving the Bellweathers

Last year we had seven book contracts result from the conference and eight people ended up with agent representation.  Many other doors were opened and still working on revisions.  We are very proud of our success in getting authors and illustrators in front of the right people to further their careers.

This conference is open to all children’s writers and illustrators.  You do not have to live in the state to attend.  In fact a large number of the attendees are out of state.  We’ve had people from Canada, CA, Puerto Ric0 and one year we even had someone from France and that is because we provide a lot of bang for your buck.

You can keep an eye on all New Jersey SCBWI events by going to

Hope you give some thought to joining us this year.


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I am an aspiring picturebook writer with some magazine credits just no picture book contract yet. I know it is coming and I am more than willing to work for it.

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