Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'm now Regional Advisor for Indiana SCBWI

I'm the new Regional Advisor for Indiana SCBWI!

I've learned so much from the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Getting my portfolio critiqued at conferences by children's book art directors and following their advice has been so beneficial to my career. It helped me to learn the difference between the look of educational illustration, mass market illustration, and trade book illustration, and how to better portray emotion, narration, interaction, characters, and color. I've also learned a lot about what makes a great picture book manuscript (and no, not everyone can write a publishable picture book!). I want to give back to SCBWI and other children's book writers and illustrators as a volunteer Regional Advisor. It's a time-consuming job, but I'm looking forward to meeting more professionals in the ever-changing children's book industry.

Children's book people are so genuinely nice!

Photo: Trish Batey (our former Regional Advisor), Peggy Archer (Assistant Regional Advisor), and me


Peggy Archer said...

Yay, Kristi! You are off to a great start. Volunteering for SCBWI is a good feeling. You feel like you make a difference,and meet so many great people while you're at it. And I enjoy working with you. :)

Kristi Valiant said...

Love working with you too, Peggy!

Michelle Henninger said...

Congratulations Kristi! I'm sure you'll make a great RA!!