Presentation at Minnesota SCBWI

I’m a member of the Society of Children’s Books Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), and have been invited to speak at the annual Minnesota SCBWI conference. I’ll be co-presenting with Julie Bowe, who’s technically a Wisconsite. This will be my first appearance as a professional writer, and I certainly hope it is not my last.

Since the theme of the conference is “From Concept to Contract,” Julie and I both felt we could emphasize the simple but unfortunate fact that the contract is a pit-stop, not a destination.

Julie was a good sport in going along with the baseball metaphor I suggested…

Running the Bases: How 2 Authors Bunt, Steal, and Slide Their Way Home

Writers may think of a book contract as a “home run,” but Julie Bowe (MY LAST BEST FRIEND, Harcourt 2007) and Kurtis Scaletta (MUDVILLE, Knopf 2009) know there’s still a lot of running to do after swinging the deal. From editorial letters to revisions to galleys to hardcover, Julie and Kurtis will share their stories of the publishing process, answer questions, and maybe even ask a few of their own.

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