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Picture Book Summit - 2015!
Peter Brown, Andrea Davis Pinkney and Mac Barnett Headline First-Ever Picture Book Summit!
I was recently contacted by the good folks sponsoring the 2015 Picture Book Summit, and they've asked me to help promote their event, which I do gladly. Reading through their information, it's like they're describing a veritable all-star rock superband.
All Day Online Event for Picture Book Writers will Feature:
Top Children's Writing Experts, Editors and Agents.
Three of today's most beloved and honored picture book authors will headline the inaugural Picture Book Summit, an all-day online writing conference that will take place Saturday, October 3.
Peter Brown (Creepy Carrots, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild), Andrea Davis Pinkney (Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Songs, Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down), and Mac Barnett (Sam and Dave Dig a Hole, Extra Yarn) will be the featured speakers at the virtual conference. The event is the result of a collaboration between longtime industry mainstays Children's Book Insider, Just Write for Kids, 12 x 12 Picture Book Writing Challenge, and the Institute of Children's Literature.
A portion of all proceeds will benefit the literary advocacy group We Need Diverse Books.
In addition to live presentations from the superstar picture book authors, Picture Book Summit will also include full, live sessions from four of children's writing's most respected educators:
• Children's author, editor and educator Emma Walton Hamilton will lead Is Your Manuscript Truly Submission Ready? Emma will give attendees the tools to polish their manuscripts until they sparkle, empowering authors to submit (or self-publish) with confidence.
• Children's Book Insider publisher and longtime editor Laura Backes will teach How to Write the 500 Word Picture Book. Laura will show how to write a story in this hot market— complete with fully developed characters, a plot with a beginning, middle and end, and page-turning action — in 500 words.
• Picture book author and 12 X 12 Picture Book Challenge founder Julie Hedlund will present Publishing Picture Books in the 21st Century. Julie will help attendees navigate the many publishing choices presented today, including traditional, indie, electronic and hybrid.
• Picture book author and creator of the #1 Amazon Bestseller How to Promote Your Children's Book Katie Davis will lead How to Get Your First 1000 Followers. Katie will help Picture Book Summit attendees build an effective author platform that sells books.
Picture Book Summit attendees will also enjoy exclusive agent and editor interviews and learn about breaking opportunities in the picture book field.
“This is the biggest day in the history of picture book writing instruction,” said Jon Bard, Children's Book Insider's managing editor and emcee for the virtual event. “To have this much talent and knowledge presented in one day is simply mind-blowing. That writers can attend from the comfort of their own homes, with no travel, hotels or time away from family and writing, makes it even more remarkable.”
Picture Book Summit will take place October 3 from 11 am to 7 pm Eastern Time (8 am – 4 pm Pacific). The interactive event (question and answer opportunities will take place throughout the day) will be accessible from any computer, tablet or smart device. A full recording will be available to attendees immediately after the event.
Full details, including instant registration, are available at http://picturebooksummit.com
Picture Book Summit is a collaboration between longtime industry mainstays Children's Book Insider, Just Write for Kids, 12 x 12 Picture Book Challenge and the Institute of Children's Literature.
Did you catch all that? One more thing:
Early Bird pricing for the Summit ends August 15!