Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

LONDON: Boot Camp 2020

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Date(s) - 25/01/2020
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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


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.

Applications are now open from non-debut authors who have been published outside the 18 month zone. 


The day will begin at 10.30 am and end at 5.30pm. Afterwards, you are all invited to a special Pulse Social (London Bridge venue tbc) for published SCBWI members and librarians of the Youth Library Group.

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.

Debut author, traditionally or self published? You have priority booking. Fill in this application form before the 1st of December. Priority booking is given to debuts only until the 1st of December.

Not a debut author? 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. Click here, fill in the form and we will email you the password for the booking form. Applications will be accepted until 20 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 travel grants for up to £50 to applicants outside the London network. Once you’ve been accepted, please apply on the booking form below.

Please note that the information you include on the application will be published in a Who’s Who document which will be shared with all attendees. Also, please indicate clearly if books/publication info is unannounced and should not be published in Who’s Who leaflet

1. Please note that by ‘author’ we always refer to both writers and illustrators.
2.Only members in good standing of SCBWI may apply
3. You are eligible if:

  • You have signed a contract with a traditional publisher, whatever the date of publication
  • You have self published a book and have begun distribution and sales
  • You have successfully crowdfunded a book and agreed a publication schedule
  • You have had a book published by a traditional publisher

4. We will endeavour to accept a mix of authors 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 on this page. See you soon!