Sep 14

Event: Why Haven’t They Called Me? What Happens After You Submit Your Picture Book to a Publisher?


Author Suzanne Kamata (Tokushima-ken, 1988-90) who also serves as the Publicity Assistant for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, shared the following:

Why Haven’t They Called Me?  What Happens After You Submit your Picture Book to a Publisher

with Kerry Martin, Senior Designer, Clarion Books

Time: Saturday, September 26, 19:00-20:30; portfolio reviews 17:30-18:30

Place: Tokyo Women’s Plaza, Conference Room 2

5-53-67 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

(by the Children’s Castle and United Nations University)

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Fee: SCBWI members 1,000 yen; non-members 1,500 yen

Additional fee for Portfolio Review.

This event will be in English. Japanese interpretation will be available.

Private Portfolio Reviews are available from 17:30 to 18:30. Contact to reserve your ten-minute slot. Portfolio Reviews must be paid for in advance: SCBWI members 3,500 yen; 4,000 yen non-members.

You’ve submitted your book dummy, sketches, or art samples and wonder why the phone isn’t ringing yet. Kerry Martin, Senior Designer at Clarion Books in New York City, will discuss the process of creating a picture book from initial sketch stage to the finished product, including what goes on behind the scenes while you wait for a response. Also discussed will be the dos and don’ts of sending unsolicited art samples. Private portfolio reviews will precede the discussion.

Kerry Martin grew up in Rhode Island and graduated from Parsons School of Design, New York City, in 2001. After graduating, she worked at a design studio, a letterpress print shop, and several magazines. She has been designing children’s picture books, novels and nonfiction for young adults with Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in New York, since 2002. She travels to Japan as often as she can to visit her husband’s family in Tokyo and Yokohama.

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