Posted by: Kathy Temean | April 30, 2013

Today’s The Day – Don’t Miss Out

This is the last day to register for the New Jersey SCBWI June Conference. Over the last few months, I have posted information about many of the editors, agents, authors, and illustrators who are on the faculty. I didn’t get to all of them, so I am briefly going to mention some additional people. There are still pitch spots, one-on-one critiques with the editors/agents, one-on-one critiques with authors, and portfolio reviews for the illustrators available.

kelly light booksFor the illustrators and author/illustrators:

Portfolio reviews are conducted one-on-one with an available editor, agent or art director (see list for choices) who is happy to offer feedback about your work.

It does not guarantee you will be published. BONUS! Kelly Light will be reviewing portfolios and offering feedback on character development, and Peter Brown will also be reviewing portfolios this year.

Have to share Kelly Light’s special box that was delivered to her today.

You can still get a portfolio Review from:

Agent Christina Tugeau,

Illustrator Peter Brown

Illustrator Kelly Light: Here is a little about Kelly.

Kelly Light has had a career that began in animation that led to a decade of drawing many of the most famous cartoon characters in the world of cartoon licensing. She has illustrated two middle grade chapter books out this Spring, The Quirks from Bloomsbury and Elvis and the Underdogs from Balzer and Bray. Her picture book debut as author/illustrator, Louise loves Art comes out Fall 2014 followed by another picture book series, Lola Knows A Lot! all with Balzer and Bray.

She is also doing a workshop during the conference about drawing characters. Here is a little bit from Kelly:
To be able to draw a well known character over and over again you have to focus on the construction, the shapes that make up that character and exactly where the details and features will go. Then that character has to be drawn doing all sorts of things. That character has to show emotions, action and inhabit the world created for it. Doesn’t that sound just like what we need to do with our characters in our books?

The workshop that I am giving will go thru gesture, construction, turn around, expression, acting and give attendees a chance to ask about their own character design questions. It’s all about drawing and having fun, so I hope you all come ready with pencils and paper and a smile. I will also be giving critiques that weekend. My portfolio critiques will have the same focus – character design. You can even bring some sketches and I will help you break the construction down right there for you.

Every year I always had published authors do critiques and attendees could get more than one editor or agent critique if their second critique was with an author and this year is the same. Why did I do that? Because I know how much work and effort authors put into giving a writer a great critique to help you get closer to your goal of getting published. Authors are going to dig down deep and share all of their knowledge. Don’t get me wrong. I always want an agent or editor critique, but authors bring a different set of skills to a critique. It is something you will find very valuable.

Here are the authors you can sign up for:

Sudipta Bardhan 

Laurie Calkhoven 

Tami Charles (nonfiction only) 

Ame Dyckman (picture book only)

Kit Grindstaff 

Suzy Ismail 

Tara Lazar 

Anita Nolan (mg/ya only) 

Kathy Temean 

Tim Young

If you have already registered and have a critique with an editor or agent, you can add an author critique, and then jump on a second editor/agent critique.

Hope I’ll see you there.

Talk tomorrow,



  1. Wish I was able to attend. Have a wonderful time, Kathy. 🙂


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