SCBWI, an invaluable resource for children book writers

Writing books, whether for children or adults, is a business.

Yet, after a 25+ year business career, the camaraderie of aspiring authors and authors in the Society of Children Book Writers strikes me as unparalleled. I took a moment to reflect on this following my month-long writing residency at Centre d’Art Marnay Art Centre (CAMAC) in France.

SCBWI is an international organization with chapters throughout the world. So, it occurred to me to reach out to the head of the French chapter during my stay in France. It wasn’t long before I had an invitation to attend a master session of a renowned children’s book editor who helped launch the career of the most famous modern day children book writer. Airline scheduling problems prevented me from extending my stay, but I was able to reach out to the editor with my query, which was welcomed. Let’s all cross our fingers.

I have countless examples of generosity extended by Wisconsin members as well. All designed to make the climb just a bit easier for the struggling author. Our conferences invite agents, publishers, editors, authors and illustrators from far and wide. Connections are made and to the budding author, crossing the finish line to publication seems closer.

I’m happy to give back to SCBWI. I’ve recently agreed to join the faculty of the upcoming fall conference. The image in this post is the illustration of our theme, “Experiment and Play.” Who says business has to be dull? I will share my knowledge of public speaking and marketing with authors through a presentation, “Presentation skills for authors and storytellers.” Getting books out into the world is one thing, but bringing words to life with an author’s passion is true performance art, with the ability to leave an indelible mark on book lovers and reluctant readers.

SCBWI’s Wisconsin chapter has released its fall offerings list. Support a local author. Buy a book. Enchant a child.

Lora Hyler is on a journey toward publication of her middle grade manuscript, The Stupendous Adventures of Mighty Marty Hayes. Her latest writers residency in Marnay sur Seine, France gave her the space and time to create. She’s a member of the international Society of Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), will be a fall Wisconsin conference speaker and serves as the Listserv administrator.