Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

PULSE: Debut Boot Camp for Authors and Illustrators

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Date(s) - 08/10/2016
10:30 am - 5:30 pm

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

*By Popular Demand: This event is now also open to authors and illustrators with a book out in the past year, or due to be published in the next 18 months*

Debut Boot Camp

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.


£25 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. If you are an debut author with a book traditionally or self published in the past twelve months or scheduled for publication in the next eighteen months, you are eligible to apply. 
3. You must be a member in good standing of SCBWI in the British Isles.
4. Limited space is available. Interested authors and illustrators must apply by downloading the form (see files section). 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 on the 20th of September and receive the password to book their place. See you soon!

10:45 a.m. Check in

11 a.m. – Welcome – From Goldsmiths

11:10 a.m. Planning for Publication by Sara Grant
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. 

12 p.m. The How and Why of Digital Opportunity with Candy Gourlay
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.

1 p.m. Lunch. You are welcome to bring a packed lunch or grab lunch at one of the many cafes and restaurants at the college or in the New Cross area. 

1:45 p.m. 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.

3 p.m. Breakout Blitz 
We will hold three fifteen-minute sessions focusing on topics chosen by applicants. A survey will be posted soon!

4 p.m.Everything You Ever Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask About Being Published – Q&A with Candy, Mo & Sara
In addition to offering their top tips, the panel will respond to any remaining questions from the audience.  

5 p.m. Wrap up