7. Panel: Breaking In and Getting Published
In this unique panel discussion, three newly published authors compare their approaches, share their learning, summarize their strategies for success and, yes, vent their frustrations.
Kate Blair was born on a tiny island stuck to the south coast of England. She has worked as a museum curator, a clown, a furniture maker, and a cook. She now lives in Toronto and is a young adult author, a mother, and very, very tired. Transferral is her first novel, published by Dancing Cat Books.
Mahak Jain is the author of Maya, a picture book about the power of imagination. Her short fiction and poetry have been published in The New Quarterly, Joyland Magazine, The Humber Literary Review, and Room Magazine. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Guelph.
Caroline Fernandez is the creator of Parent Club and listed as a Top Mom Blogger. This Canadian author broke into publishing with a UK publisher. Her first book, Boredom Busters, won the 2016 Silver Birch Non-Fiction Honour Book Award. More Boredom Busters was published in 2015 (Cico Books). Follow Caroline on Twitter @ParentClub and Instagram at parentclub.
Joyce Grant "broke in" with her first picture book in 2013, after hearing author Deborah Kerbel speak at a CANSCAIP meeting! She has since published two other picture books and her first novel, Tagged Out, in 2016. What advice did Deborah give at that CANSCAIP meeting? Join us at the Breaking In panel and find out!
8. Sydney Smith—Changing Illustration Styles
There is a wonderful feeling you get when you finally know that your illustrations are exactly right for your story. Sometimes it's a giddiness that makes you want to dance; other times it's simply a slow exhale. This workshop explores the different steps in discovering what's right for you and the story, and how to get to that feeling with every project you do.
Sydney Smith discovered his love of children's illustration while studying drawing and printmaking at NSCAD University in Halifax, NS. He is the award-winning illustrator of Sidewalk Flowers. Check out his work on Tumblr.
Photo: D. Edwards.
9. Shane Peacock—Speaking in Effective Tongues: How to Make Your Dialogue Believable
Effective dialogue is important in any novel, but especially so in Young Adult and Teen novels where a sprightly pace is essential. Shane will bring his experience in many genres to this workshop, helping you get your characters speaking in believable and compelling language.
Shane Peacock is the multi-award-winning, best-selling author of The Boy Sherlock Holmes series, The Dark Missions of Edgar Brim trilogy, Seven series novels, as well as books for adults, picture books, magazine articles, television documentaries and plays. He has spoken and given workshops in thousands of schools and other venues across North America and Europe.
MID-AFTERNOON 2:15-3:15 (Choose 10, 11 or 12)
10. Panel: Publishers and Agents
THIS PANEL WILL INCLUDE ANOTHER SPEAKER, TBD.
Barbara Berson has worked in the publishing industry for over thirty years, most recently as Penguin Canada’s children’s publisher. She is now a freelance editor, and a literary agent with the Helen Heller Agency, specializing in YA, adult fiction and memoir.
Christie Harkin is the consultant publisher and fiction editor at Clockwise Press, and former children's book publisher at Fitzhenry & Whiteside. She was previously an educator and hosted a TV program, Bookmarks: The book report show for kids.
Peter Carver is the children’s and young adult editor at Red Deer Press. His work has honoured by the Vicky Metcalf Award (three times) and the Lois Hole Award.
Suzanne Sutherland is the children's editor at HarperCollins Canada. She is also the author of three novels for teens and young readers, most recently Under the Dusty Moon.
Michael Solomon has been art director at Groundwood Books since the company began, and his award-winning work has helped build the company's reputation as one of Canada's finest children's publishers.
ONE-TO-ONE EVALUATIONS 4:45-7:00
For an additional $75, you can get a 15-minute professional evaluation and critique of your manuscript, illustration portfolio, author website or online presence.
Registration for the full Packaging Your Imagination conference ($195) is required to sign up for a One-to-One evaluation.
Space runs out quickly for these unique and highly useful sessions pairing individual participants with publishers, agents, art directors, marketing directors, and other industry experts.
Complete information and schedules will be emailed to registered One-to-One participants prior to the conference.
One-to-One Manuscript Evaluation (SOLD OUT)
One-to-One manuscript participants will be requested to send 1000-word excerpts before the conference, which CANSCAIP will forward to your expert to evaluate in preparation for their 15-minute session with you. CANSCAIP will select the expert for your One-to-One session. Our manuscript experts are:
Barbara Berson, agent at Helen Heller Agency, and former Children's Editor, Penguin Books.
Peter Carver, Children's and YA Editor, Red Deer Press.
Christie Harkin, Publisher and Editor, Clockwise Press.
Lynne Missen, Publishing Director, Young Readers Group, Penguin Canada.
Debbie Rogosin, Interim Publishing Director, Owlkids Books, and former Picture Book Editor, Kids Can Press.
Suzanne Sutherland, Children's and YA Editor, HarperCollins Canada.
Patricia Ocampo Managing Editor at Simon & Schuster; formerly Editor, Annick Press, and literary agent.
Karen Boersma, Publisher, Owlkids Books.
One-to-One Portfolio Evaluation (SOLD OUT)
One-to-One participants will be requested to email a link to their online portfolios or samples of artwork in digital formats, which will be forwarded to your expert to evaluate in preparation for their 15-minute session with you. Our portfolio mentor is:
Michael Solomon, Art Director, Groundwood Books.
One-to-One Website Evaluation
LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE
Our digital marketing experts will review your author website (prior to the conference) and make specific, easy-to-apply suggestions to improve its effectiveness. They can also make suggestions and answer questions about social media and how to more effectively market your book online.
Angela Misri is a YA author who spent 14 years as CBC Radio's digital expert. She teaches digital journalism at Ryerson University and U of T. Photo: Eugene Choi.
Joyce Grant is a picture book and middle-grade author. She has created and implemented award-winning marketing campaigns, ads and strategic marketing plans for multi-national corporations. She is also the former co-owner of a small ad agency. Photo: Beverley Daniels