SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

VIRTUAL DEBUT BOOT CAMP 2021

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Date/Time
Date(s) - 23/01/2021 - 24/01/2021
10:30 am - 2:45 pm

Location
Zoom - virtual meeting online
Virtual - meeting , online Uk


Boot Camp 2021

Workshops Delivered via Zoom with additional content and networking on Slack

 

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 Virtual Boot Camp can help you prepare for the opportunities and challenges of being a published author or illustrator. This event will pay special attention to the additional challenge of launching your career during a global pandemic. Your drill sergeants for the two days of workshops will be authors Candy Gourlay, Sara Grant and Mo O’Hara.

 

YOU MUST SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BETWEEN 23 NOVEMBER AND 6 DECEMBER. SUCCESSFUL APPLICANTS WILL HEAR FROM US BY 16 DECEMBER.

 

PROGRAMME

Saturday 23 Jan 2021

10:30 a.m. Welcome – Candy Gourlay, Sara Grant and Mo O’Hara
10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Planning for Publication by Sara Grant – Live via Zoom
Break Zoom will remain open so attendees can chat over lunch.
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. The How & Why of Digital Opportunity with Candy Gourlay via Zoom

Sunday 24 Jan 2021

10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m School Visits: Getting Your Act Together with Mo O’Hara via Zoom
Break Zoom will remain open so attendees can chat over lunch.
1 – 2:30 p.m.  Panel Discussion and wrap up with Mo, Candy and Sara
Slack – we will be hosting the ‘sharing session’ on Slack after the final workshop on Zoom. Attendees can share their promotion ideas, documents, links, video, questions on a virtual ‘bulletin board’.

COST

£35 for SCBWI members
£45 for Society Of Authors members
A limited number of fully funded tickets are available for writers under-represented in children’s publishing, including:
 SCBWI British Isles members who have financial need
 SCBWI British Isles members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled or working class
 And non-members who identify as BAME, LGBTQIA+, disabled or working class

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

• Debut author, traditionally or self published with a book publishing in 2021.
• Any author with a book traditionally or self published in the past will be eligible to apply. A limited number of places are available and priority will be given to authors with books published in 2021.
• Please note that by ‘author’ we always refer to both writers and illustrators.
Only members in good standing of SCBWI or SOA may apply
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
We will endeavour to accept a mix of authors creating books for a range of ages and genres.

HOW TO APPLY

1. Click here, fill in the form

2. Applications will be accepted between 23 November and 6 December.
*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 information.

3. Successful applicants will hear from us no later than 16th December. You will receive an email with a password to book your place on this page. See you soon!