Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

LONDON: Boot Camp 2019

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Date(s) - 12/01/2019
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

Goldsmith, University of London, New Cross, SE14 6NW
New Cross Road - London, SE14

*Debut authors get priority booking until 1 December 2018. After 1 Dec, bookings will open to authors (previously published, traditionally published as well as indie) with a book out in the past year, or who are due to be published in the next 18 months*

Your first published book is an exciting and terrifying time. Not only do you have to create the best book you can but you also must work to promote yourself and your book. The SCBWI Boot Camp can help you prepare for the opportunities and challenges of being a published author or illustrator. Your drill sergeants for the day will be authors Candy Gourlay, Sara Grant and Mo O’Hara.

1. Debut author? You have priority booking. Fill in this application form before the 1st of December. 
2. All others eligible to attend (see below) can apply after the 1st of December.

£35 only. We have kept the cost down thanks to Goldsmiths, University of London, who have provided the venue at no charge. 

We are keen to include members from all corners of SCBWI British Isles and are offering two travel grants for up to £50 to applicants outside the London network. Please apply on the booking form.

1. Please note that by ‘author’ we always refer to both writers and illustrators.
2. Priority booking is given to debuts only until the 1st of December.
3. After the 1st of December, any author with a book traditionally or self published in the past twelve months or scheduled for publication in the next eighteen months, will be eligible to apply.
3. You must be a member in good standing of SCBWI.
4. Limited space is available hence the need for an Application process. We will endeavour to accept a mix of traditionally and self published authors who are creating books for a range of ages and genres.

Successful applicants will hear from us no later than the 20th of December. You will receive an email with a password to book your place. See you soon!


The day will begin at 10.30 am and end at 5.30pm. We can all repair to a nearby pub afterwards!

Sara Grant on Planning for Publication

Swept away in the publishing whirlwind of promotion, social media, events, reviews and the general hysteria of your first book, how can you possibly manage it all? Sara will help attendees outline a plan to organize your promotion and maintain your sanity. 

Candy Gourlay on the How and Why of Digital Opportunity 
Keep calm and build a platform. Candy will assess the bewildering array of digital promotional opportunities out there, discussing and demonstrating what works, what doesn’t, and hopefully discussing ways of making it work without losing yourself in the process.

Mo O’Hara on School Visits: Getting Your Act Together with Mo O’Hara
School Visits can seem daunting but they can be the bread and butter of most authors’ working life. It’s worth giving them a go. Learn how to get the gigs (schools, bookshops, libraries, festivals), how to prepare for the visit and structure your sessions (this is the MOST important bit) and how to perform once you are there.