Posted by: Kathy Temean | January 1, 2011

Happy New Year and 2011 Thoughts


It was a very good year, 2010. Many of our members found agents, got their first book published, landed new book deals and were picked to illustrate picture books and covers.  I like to think our chapter helped make that happen.

Even if you weren’t successful in signing that book contract, you probably improved as a writer or illustrator this past year.  Most of you have created new artwork and new manuscripts, so that alone is a success.  You need to stay the course. 

Come out to as many events as you can and meet other writers and Illustrators.  Your fellow members can help you stay focused.  They can provide a shoulder when you need one and they can help you celebrate when you succeed.  It’s amazing how they can see things in your writing and illustrating that you don’t see and they can spark some of your best ideas, so I encourage you to be an active member this year. 

If you are a published author, don’t make the mistake of not staying involved.  If you don’t think you can develop more as a writer/illustrator, maybe it is time to give back and be a mentor.

We will continue the First Page Sessions, Mentoring Workshops, Illustrator’s Day, Summer Networking Dinners, Writing Craft Day and Writer’s Retreat in the Fall in 2011, but the June conference this year will be spectacular.  It will be held June 3rd – June 5th at the Wyndham Princeton Forrestal Hotel and Conference Center in Princeton, NJ.  The facilities provide room for more workshops, so this year we will be able to show off more of our published authors while still bringing in 25 editors and agents. 

We are increasing the number of Intensive Workshops you can sign up for on Friday.  Since the conference is the whole weekend, we are able to put on a Mix and Mingle for attendees who stay both nights.  So sign up for the Mix and Mingle and you too will get to have some fun time with the faculty on Friday night.  

In the next issue of Sprouts we have an editor interview with Carolyn Yoder, the author interview with Audrey Vernick and the article on writing blunders to avoid written by agent Mary Kole. Carolyn will be conducting an Intensive Workshop on Writing Biography – Fiction and Non-Fiction at this year’s conference.  Audrey will conduct a number of workshops and critiquing manuscripts and Mary will present a workshop on Query Letters taken from the audience. 

All the editors and agents will do one-on-one critiques at the conference.  Pitches, first pages, critiques, workshops, lunch tables with editors and agents are assigned on a first come, first serve basis.  Early Bird registration starts in January.  So sign up early.  I am hoping I will be able to post registration no later than the tenth of this month.  I’ll keep you up-to-date about what is going on with the conference right here on my blog. 

I wish all of you a happy and successful 2011 and hope to see you this year.

Happy New Year,



  1. Happy New Year!


  2. NJSCBWI gave me a creative and challenging 2010, and I’m looking forward to learning and growing in 2011. Thanks, Kathy!


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