Posted by: Kathy Temean | May 12, 2021

OPPORTUNITY: Meet the co-teachers and Lives

OPPORTUNITY:

Meet the Extraordinary Team Co-Teaching, Critiquing, and Contributing to The Children’s Book Academy’s Craft And Business Of Illustrating (& Writing) Children’s Books

The Children’s Book Academy is delighted to be offering another session of their flagship CRAFT & BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING (& WRITING) CHILDREN’S BOOKS (https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/cbicb.html  interactive e-course!  Registration just opened with some early bird discounts and scholarship opportunities.

This course is an absolute bargain, considering the first-rate talent on board for the ride. First, we’ve got ​THE LIVES, live interactive webinars where students can ask questions of a revolving slate of experts art directors, editors, or agents. The LIVES (which are also recorded) join us each week to teach through critiques of student’s work and live “ask us anything” Q&As.

Next, one of the most amazing highlights of this course (and the testimonials bear this out) are its live teachers. This year, the course is co-taught by former students and now successful multi-published illustrators, Chantelle and Burgen Thorne, acquiring Agent Kaitlyn Sanchez, and Clearfork/Spork Editor and Art Director, Dr. Mira Reisberg.

Chantelle and Burgen Thorne https://www.chantelleandburgen.com/ are internationally published illustrators with over 25 years of experience in publishing. Avid bookworms, they take great delight in the storytelling of art and text working together, every word and every image adding to the reader’s experience. This inspires them to make their illustrations as engaging, honest, and relevant to young readers as they possibly can! Chantelle and Burgen took this course 3 years ago to help move from Work for Hire Educational publishing to Trade publishing, which pays better and allows more creative freedom. Since then they have illustrated and published seven trade books and their careers are zooming! Including all of their education work, Chantelle and Burgen have published OVER ONE THOUSAND CHILDREN’S BOOKS and have tons of experience, wisdom, skills, techniques, and heart to share including showing students through draw-overs how to make their work sing.

Here are some of Chantelle & Burgen’s published works:

Kaitlyn Sanchez https://kaitlynleannsanchez.com/ loves working with both author-only, and author-illustrators, as well and will be helping with both. She particularly enjoys character-driven, concept, and creative new format ideas for fiction. Kaitlyn connects with poignant, lyrical writing (rhyme and non-rhyme) as much as laugh-out-loud humor, and of course, the best are those magical books that mix humor and heart. She also enjoys nonfiction STEAM books and super interesting picture book biographies, especially ones about underrepresented people. Kaitlyn is an editorial agent who works with her clients to optimize their chances for a long, strong, and happy career. In her free time, she plays soccer, binge-watches shows on Hulu, and, of course, reads. Kaitlyn LOVES picture books! Especially when she and her husband and daughter all cozy up and read together. Her blog https://mathiseverywhere439319476.wordpress.com/blog/ on this website consists of her original pieces, reviews, contests, and author interviews!

Dr. Mira Reisberg http://www.mirareisberg.com/ is a multi-published award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. Besides running the Children’s Book Academy, she is also an acquiring Editor and Art Director at Clear Fork Publishing’s children’s book imprint Spork. Mira is also a former children’s literary agent and a university professor who taught kid-lit writing and illustrating courses as well as teacher ed. She has a Ph.D. in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s literature and has helped MANY writers and illustrators get published. Her job at Spork allows her to help even more people.

And here are some of the student books Mira has either edited and/or art directed at Spork (including two from Chantelle and Burgen).

One of these amazing co-teachers will be with you EVERY day except Fridays when we will have now successful former students help guide and inspire you on this journey illustrating (and writing if you like) picture books, board books, with additional information on illustrating chapter books, middle grade or graphic novels!​ In addition, there are weekly live and recorded critiquing sessions with the co-teachers and special editor, agents, designer, and art director guests.

And at the end of the course, there’ll be many, many exclusive skip-the-slush-pile Golden Ticket submission opportunities including our live guests!!! A Golden Ticket is an exclusive CBA opportunity, we bring in an outstanding group of acquiring art directors, editors, and agents to look at your perfected art and bios and select which ones they’d like to see more from with an eager eye towards representation and publication. Because of our stellar reputation, these art directors, editors, and agents are eager for the opportunity to work with our students. Here are this year’s Golden Ticket judges.

One of the most tantalizing possibilities CBA’s CRAFT & BUSINESS OF ILLUSTRATING (& WRITING) CHILDREN’S BOOK  offers is the chance of working one-on-one with your choice of these three amazing co-teachers when you opt for the SUCCESS LEVEL REGISTRATION.

(https://www.childrensbookacademy.com/2020-craft–business-of-illustrating-childrens-books.html)

EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS GETS THE MENTORED INTERACTIVE e-COURSE; THIS INCLUDES the many start-today pre-course bonuses (see below) the weekly critiquing webinars and submission opportunities, the wonderful interactive community, co-teacher access, the many lessons, worksheets, templates, and handouts, the free critique groups and so much more! This level is called the Big Bonus (https://wj168.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/2021-Spring-CBICB-Big-Bonus )!

THE BIG BONUS + SUCCESS WITH ANDREA OR LARISSA OR MIRA LEVEL includes a unique one-hour, in-person hands-on critique with a co-teacher via either Zoom, Skype, Facetime or private webinar. These deeply discounted critiques function like a customized course-within-a-course focused on you, your work, and your career!

https://wj168.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/2021-Spring-Success-with-Chantelle–Burgen-Thorne

https://wj168.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/2021-Spring-CBICB-Success-with-X

https://wj168.infusionsoft.com/app/orderForms/2021-Spring-CBICB-Success-with-Mira

REASONS TO JOIN CBA ON THIS CREATIVE JOURNEY

  • The best reason to join the Children’s Book Academy community with this course is because of their phenomenal track record of award-winning multi-published students who have studied with them.
  • CBA gives an extraordinary amount of time, resources, bonuses, individual help, instruction, or resources that also include introductions to editors, art directors, and agents in weekly critiques and phenomenally predisposed skip-the-slush-pile submission opportunities that have helped many students publish
  • The courses are size-limited to ensure that everyone gets attention and critiques
  • Courses are taught and assisted by acquiring art directors, editors, and agents who love helping our students with former now successful students also helping
  • Courses are tremendous fun and incredibly productive

When you are done, you will have:

  • Learned how to write a picture book
  • Had the opportunity to learn to write a board book as well either during the course or after
  • Learned new traditional and contemporary art-making techniques
  • Learned fantastic time-saving and non-mess making digital art techniques
  • Created, Revised and/or Polished your Picture Book Dummy or Portfolio pieces
  • Spruced up your Bio and Pitch and had it critiqued
  • Amped up your Marketing Skills
  • And become part of a wonderful lifelong community

Ready to join the course and grab one of our limited critiques with one of these CBA incredible instructors? You’ll be grateful that you did!

Sending creative love and light,

Mira & the CBA gang

Dr. Mira Reisberg is a multi-published award-winning children’s book illustrator and author whose books have sold over 600,000 copies. Besides running the Children’s Book Academy, she is also an acquiring Editor and Art Director at Clear Fork Publishing’s children’s book imprint Spork. Mira is also a former children’s literary agent, and a university professor who taught kid lit writing and illustrating courses as well as teacher ed.  She has a PhD in Education and Cultural Studies with a focus on children’s literature and has helped MANY writers and illustrators get published. Her job at Spork allows her to help even more people (although of course she can’t guarantee that everyone will get published, many of her former students have).

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Talk tomorrow,

Kathy


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