Tuesday, May 26, 2009

So you want to be a children’s book writer or illustrator?...

How does one become a children’s book writer and illustrator? A marvelous question! And so, have I ever told you that the answers to your questions and desired exist in one place called the SCBWI?
It is true!
When I first began learning how to find my way towards the children’s book world, I stumbled upon the SCBWI and have never let go. In 2000, when I was just an aspiring illustrator, I won the Don Freeman SCBWI Grant, which gave me not only some cash to further fund my learning, but also gave me the confidence I needed to see my work as valuable and valid, and keep doing it more and more. In the years I have attended conferences, gone to retreats, joined groups, made strong friendships, given workshops, been a speaker, and won awards given by the organization.
This morning, when my friend Laurent Linn sent me the link for this tribute video to SCBWI, I …how do you put it mildly? OK, I almost fainted from laughing:

SCBWI Tribute from Kimberly C. Baker on Vimeo.


pat said...

That was clever...I cracked up at the gigilo bit.
About the SCBWI...if I wouldn't have joined a couple of years ago, I would have given up this author/illustrator quest. It has illuminated so many areas and given a forum to find the answers to many questions. And, maybe most importantly, I wouldn't have become friends with Yuyi Morales.

Loni Edwards said...

That was so cool! I just joined SCBWI this past May and I have already found a wealth of information as well as some great friends.