Monday, April 23, 2012

SCBWI WA 2012 Children's book Conference and Nikki Dolls

  Here is last years and this years Nikki dolls.

It was so fun to have a little friend Nikki to go with me as we learned about how to get his book published.


I had a fun outfit for each day at the SCBWI conference.
And then there is the reality of getting your book past all these people to finally end up in a childs hands and dreams. There were so many great lecturers. I loved two agents. One was Rubin Pfeffer. This was his slide at his great lecture about Picture Books being alive and well in this economy.  He read my first page of my book in one of the lectures. Too long for this picture book market. Now a picture book needs to be 800 words or less!!!  But they like what they read..just needs to be shortened and voice younger. 

Lots of fun...



Mellisa Sweet is a wonderful artists and children's book author illustrator. Please check out here links and web. Also an interview with her link. 


Mellisa Sweet's wonderful lecture on illustrating and writing a children's book. Her art is beautiful and her work ethic is inspiring.

I loved Andrea Welch lecture; Making Your Picture Book a Perfect 10.

Andrea Welch from Beach Lane Books
This is the review of her lecture from SCBWI ,

The first impression is key: Does she laugh? Does it have fun with the language? Does her heart ache for the character? Does she want to read it aloud? "I will never get used to that feeling I get when I open something up and say, 'Oh my God, this could be amazing!'"

Does it have certain crucial elements? She asks 10 questions (we're sharing five) 


  1. Who is this manuscript for and does it have a clear audience? 
  2. Is the project emotionally engaging?
  3. Does the manuscript meet a specific childhood developmental/emotional need? 
  4. Does the manuscript have a highly creative concept, structure, and execution? 
  5. Does it use clever, evocative language? 

"Emotionally engaging doesn't mean sappy," she sais. "It means it speakers to a reader's heart somehow." The Mo Willems pigeon books speak to a child's desire to want to do something, for example.

"If a manuscript is funny, it will get my attention," she says. "If it's funny and full of heart, I probably won't be able to resist it."



Eddie Gamarra was a wonderful person and knowlegable agent. He answered all my questions about a book becoming a movie!! He helped me personally with a private time in the hall giving me advice. We also left him a DVD of the movie I did of my husband John Doan in Ireland playing his music. I linked his name to an interview on another blog. He was worth the whole conference and yet there were so many more friends, lectures, books to look my heart is full. 

Here's Eddie!
I learned the most I have ever learned this year. This is the 4 SCBWI conference I have been too. And this time I woke up and really understood what they were saying. I now have a plan on how make the changes I need to make to allow my book a chance to be published. It seemed like I was on a cloud with all the tips and personal help I got! I am excited to get to it. I would really recommend the SCBWI conferences. I could only go to one conference this spring and I picked SCBWI. I was sad I missed Art Fest this year but now I know the sacrifice was worth it!






Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Still working on Nissa doll. I plan to make him into a necklace for the Children's book conference in a couple weeks.

 I wore this Nikki last year to the conference.

I think I will add a little bling to his toes..twinkle toes..so he stands out! 

Monday, April 9, 2012

Learning WordPress & Doll making




Yeep...6 days camping out at Lorelle VanFossenworking on John Doan new Word Press web site..I had to escape and go to Lulu Moonwood Murakami studio one night and we made dolls like Michelle Dornacher-Allen.

Lorelle VanFossen doing her magic!!
If you need help with your web hire...Lorelle the WordPress Wizard!!!!

 I am getting ready for the Children's book conferance and wanted to make a Nikki Nissa doll to wear! 



 I am fitting in doll making between loading up content.......com......

Still in progress...WordPress not on line yet

Learning Word Press & Doll making




Yeep...6 days camping out at Lorelle VanFossenworking on John Doan new Word Press web site..I had to escape and go to Lulu Moonwood Murakami studio one night and we made dolls like Michelle Dornacher-Allen.

Lorelle VanFossen doing her magic!!
If you need help with your web hire...Lorelle the Word Press Wizard!!!!

 I am getting ready for the Children's book conferance and wanted to make a Nikki Nissa doll to wear! 



 I am fitting in doll making between loading up content.......com......

Still in progress...Word Press not on line yet

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Art Doll Only Facebook

Art Dolls Only



I haven't had much time to work on my most favorite new art project. But once in a while I get to when I do arting with my art friends.



I am most proud of this new white haired darling.



 I spent some time buying her my favorite fabric for a dress..You can see a little peek of it on the left. It is Liberty of London's.



Liberty interior
  Oscar Wilde
                                                “Liberty is the chosen 
                                                   resort of the artistic 
                                                          shopper.”

 

When ever I go to London I try to stop by my favorite store..it is so magical. And the wall paper, jewerly, fabric, furnishings are faboulous!! I you feel a little like Twiggy goes to the Tudors while in this store.

Liberty of London Fabric Swatches

In the 1890s Arthur Lasenby Liberty built strong relationships with many leading English designers. Many of these designers were key figures in the Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau movements and Arthur Liberty was instrumental in the development of Art Nouveau through his encouragement of such designers. The store became one of the most prestigious in London.



Monday, April 2, 2012

SCBWI Children's Book conferance Nikki!!


Hi I am getting ready for going to the SCBWI 2012 Children's Book conference in Seattle. 

These are some of my favorite children's Christmas books. I put my little book about Nikki among them to dream over for the day very soon it join's them on the shelves of books stores and library's and little children's bedrooms.



My hearts is that this little Nikki Nissa book that was given to me in after asking in a prayer over a few months will touch the hearts of the Children of the Nations and bring them Joy. 




I made a new card to take with me.

These are my old cards I will keep the snow princess to have for my art cards. I love her so much!




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