SCBWI Conversations

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The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators conversations with publishing pros, and award-winning and bestselling writers and illustrators who inform and inspire about the ins and outs of the children's book industry. Find out about the craft and creative process behind young adult novels, picture books, middle grade fiction, graphic novels and nonfiction.

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SCBWI Conversations - Connie Hsu
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Connie Hsu, executive editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishing speaks with host Theo Baker in a  conversation that spans Connie’s journey to becoming an editor, the evolution of her understanding of what an editor should do, how she judges new manuscripts, and what she’s looking for in a new book.

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May 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Connie Hsu - Trailer
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Connie Hsu is an executive editor at Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan Publishing, a founding member of the Children’s Book Council Diversity Committee, and a member of the Brooklyn Book Festival Children’s Planning Committee. Her authors include Vera Brosgol, Ruth Chan, Angela Dominguez, Shannon Hale, Kathryn Otoshi, Dan Santat, Steve Sheinkin, Mariko Tamaki, Susan Tan, and Tillie Walden. Connie speaks to. Theo Baker about her journey to being an editor, how she sees an editor’s role, and what she’s looking for in a manuscript.

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Apr 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Sara Varon
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Graphic novelist and children’s book author/illustrator Sara Varon covers the evolution of her art, the challenge of time management, and the insight she gained on the Maurice Sendak Fellowship residency.

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Apr 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Sara Varon - Trailer
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Sara Varon is a graphic novelist and children’s book author/illustrator living in Brooklyn. Her books include Odd Duck, which was selected by Kirkus Reviews as one of the Best Children’s Books of 2013, Bake Sale, which was named a YALSA Great Graphic Novel for 2012, and Robot Dreams, which was on Oprah’s Kids’ Reading List in 2008 and selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the 150 best books of 2008. She was a recipient of the 2013 Maurice Sendak Fellowship and an Eisner nominee in 2014, and currently teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York. In this interview with Theo Baker, Sara shares about the evolution of her art, her style, and insights she’s gained on the journey.

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Mar 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Gail Carson Levine
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Theo Baker’s conversation with award-winning and best-selling author Gail Carson Levine.

Part One: Levine speaks about her journey to writing, and shares about her writing process.

Part Two: Levine tells us about her work-in-progress, revision, how poetry helps, and offers advice to other writers. 

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Mar 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Gail Carson Levine - Trailer
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Gail Carson Levine’s first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine’s other books include Ever, a New York Times best seller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and many others. In this conversation with Theo Baker, Gail shares about her career, her process, and some of the lessons—and techniques—she’s learned along the way.

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Feb 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Mike Curato
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Mike Curato, award-winning author/illustrator, talks with host Theo Baker.

Part One: Curato shares about his inspirations, his career journey, and the SCBWI breakthrough that changed everything (26:35)

Part Two: Curato talks about the role of research, the evolution of his own style, and much more!. 

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Feb 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Mike Curato - Trailer
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Mike Curato is the award-winning author/illustrator of Little Elliot picture book series, as well as the illustrator of Worm Loves Worm by J.J. Austrian, All the Way to Havana by Margarita Engle. Mike tells Theo Baker about his career journey, what it took to get his portfolio ready, and how SCBWI changed everything.

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Jan 15, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Cheryl Klein
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A conversation with Cheryl Klein, the editorial director of Lee & Low Books, and Theo Baker.

Part One: Klein speaks of the insights she’s gained as an editor and the importance of diverse voices. (31:56)

Part Two: Klein shares the publishing and writing sides to the question “who can write what?”, talks genre and telling the story of your heart, and tells us about her own books, the writing craft “The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults” and the picture books “Things with Wings” and “Thunder Trucks.” 

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Jan 01, 2021
SCBWI Conversations - Cheryl Klein - Trailer
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Cheryl Klein, editorial director at Lee & Low Books, speaks with Theo Baker about the insights she’s gained as an editor, the importance of diverse voices, the publishing and writing sides to the question “who can write what?”, and telling the story of your heart. Klein also speaks about her own books, the writing craft The Magic Words: Writing Great Books for Children and Young Adults and the picture books Things with Wings and Thunder Trucks.

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Dec 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Nancy Paulsen
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President and publisher of Nancy Paulsen Books, Nancy Paulsen, talks with Theo Baker.

Part One: Paulsen shares about being an editor, her vision, her list, diversity, and more.

Part Two: Paulsen speaks about the revision process for middle grade fiction, the challenge of first chapters, and the process of publishing picture books. 

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Dec 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Nancy Paulsen - Trailer
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President and publisher of her eponymous imprint at Penguin Young Readers, Nancy Paulsen shares her vision, her list, the process of revision for middle grade novels, what goes into publishing a picture book, and much more in conversation with host Theo Baker.

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Nov 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Raúl Colón
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Theo Baker’s conversation with Raúl Colón, multi-award-winning illustrator of over 30 books for children.

Part One: Colobn talks about his inspiration and the unique path that lead to his career illustrating children’s picture books.

Part Two: Colon shares details of his technique and process, discussed the advantages of analog over digital methods of creating art, and offers his take on how to find your own illustration style.

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Nov 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Raúl Colón - Trailer
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Illustrator Raul Colon discusses his inspirations, from comic books to the impressionists, dives deep into his process, discusses digital versus analog methods of creating art, offers his advice to illustrators still trying to find their unique style, and much more with Theo Baker.

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Oct 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Jennifer Laughran
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Jennifer Laughran, senior agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency in discussion with Theo Baker.

Part One: Laughran talks about her running start as an agent, the importance of sharing a vision with her author and illustrator clients, and the elements of building a career.

Part Two: Laughrabn shares her take on trends, what she’s hoping to find when she gets a submission, and tells us just what went into some “overnight” successes. 

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Oct 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Jennifer Laughran - Trailer
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Covering Jennifer Laughran’s running start as a (now senior) agent at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency, the importance of sharing a vision with her author and illustrator clients, the elements of building a career, the years behind some “overnight successes,” creates a lively discussion with Theo Baker.

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Sep 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Stephanie Garber
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New York Times Bestselling Author Stephanie Garber sits down with host Theo Baker.  

Part One: Garber shares about her influences, her publishing (and emotional) journey, and her writing process.

Part Two: Garber talks world-building, the evolution of writing Caraval, and shares her advice for other authors.

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Sep 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Stephanie Garber - Trailer
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Host Theo Baker delves into conversation with author Stephanie Garber about her publishing journey, her writing process, and the success of her debut YA fantasy, Caraval, that hit the New York Times bestseller list.

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Aug 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Javaka Steptoe
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Theo Baker’s discussion with Caldecott Medal-winning, Coretta Scott King Award-Winning, and New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Javaka Steptoe.

Part One: Steptoe shares about growing up in New York City, going to art school, his process, and the role of curioisty in everything he does.

Part Two: Steptoe speaks about building his career, how he moved forward from his first book winning the Coretta Scott King award, and the evolution of the idea and the art of Radiant Child, his picture book biography of Jean-Michel Basquiat that recently won the Caldecott medal.

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Aug 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Javaka Steptoe - Trailer
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Javaka Steptoe’s art education (both in-school and out) as well as his creative process and the role of curiosity are part of the conversation with Theo Baker and the Caldecott-winning, Coretta Scott King Award-winning, and New York Times bestselling author/illustrator.

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Jul 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Zareen Jaffery
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Theo Baker’s discussion with  Zareen Jaffery, editor of Salaam Reads, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

Part One: Jaffrey shares about the challenges of being an editor, the importance of world-building, how to handle beginnings, and the impetus behind creating Salaam Reads.

Part Two: Jaffrey shares her passion behind creating an imprint that focuses on publishing books about Muslim children and families, distinguishes between “accuracy readers” and “sensitivity readers”, and advises the thing to keep top-of-mind when writing diverse characters.

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Jul 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Zareen Jaffery - Trailer
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Spanning the challenges of being an editor, thoughts on world-building and character, and insight into the founding of the Salaam Reads imprint of Simon & Schuster, Zareen Jaffery’s conversation with Theo Baker overflows with her passion for increasing the diversity of children’s literature and smart advice about how to be part of the solution.

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Jun 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Sean Qualls
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Children’s book illustrator, artist, and author Sean Qualls sits down with host Theo Baker. 

Part One: Qualls’ journey to becoming a children’s book creator, getting his first jobs illustrating picture books, and how working on Dizzy (a picture books about jazzy legend, Dizzy Gillespie) was “magical.” (31:18)

Part Two: Qualls speaks about sponteaneity, his creative process, collaborating with his wife Selena Alko, and  more with Theo Baker.

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Jun 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Sean Qualls - Trailer
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Sean Qualls talks about his journey to becoming a children’s book creator, what inspired him, and how his own style evolved. An award-winning children’s book illustrator, artist, and author, Qualls’ talk with Theo Baker is packed with insights about his process, his collaborations, and much more.

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May 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Allyn Johnston
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Theo Baker’s talk with Allyn Johnston, Vice-president and publisher of Beach Lane Books.

Part One: Johnston’s journey to become an editor, and then publisher, and her focus on long-term relationships with her authors and illustrators. 

Part Two: Johnston shares the questions she asks of a project’s creator, the “high wire act” of editing, and shares stories of working with Beach Lane Books’ world-class authors and illustrators.

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May 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Allyn Johnston - Trailer
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Vice president and publisher of Beach Lane Books Allyn Johnston’s one-on-one conversation with Theo Baker is filled with wisdom, and stories of Beach Lane Book’s authors and illustrators, including the questions Johnston asks of each project, and the lessons she’s learned as an editor and publisher.

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Apr 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Neal Porter
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Neal Porter, Editorial Director of Neal Porter Books at Macmillan’s Roaring Brook Press, has an indepth discussion with Theo Baker.

Part One: On Porter’s start in the industry, and working with his authors and illustrators, including the story behind the Caldecott medal-winning A Sick Day for Amos McGee, written by Philip C. Stead and illustrated by Erin E. Stead.

Part Two: On the different way Porter’s authors and illustrators work, including author/illustrator Antoinette Portis, author/illustrator Laura Vaccaro Seeger, and the pairing of author Patricia MacLachlan and illustrator Hadley Hooper on The Iridescence of Birds. Neal also discussed his many roles (and hats) as an editor, and shares his thoughts on the children’s book industry and how it’s changing.

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Apr 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Neal Porter - Trailer
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Join Neal Porter, editorial director of Neal Porter Books at MacMillan’s Roaring Brook Press, in a discussion with host Theo Baker about how a background in theater paid off in picture books, the many different roles of an editor, the business of children’s books and where it’s going.

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Mar 15, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Julie Strauss-Gabel
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President and Publisher of Dutton Books, Julie Strauss-Gabel, speaks with Theo Baker about becoming an editor, YA, what makes it on her list, her “tough” reputation, and more.

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Mar 01, 2020
SCBWI Conversations - Julie Strauss-Gabel - Trailer
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Find out about the apprenticeship process of becoming an editor, the importance of YA, what makes it on her own list, and the surprising book she read as an 8th grader that changed everything. Join president and publisher of Dutton Books, Julie Strauss-Gabel, in conversation with Theo Baker.

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Feb 15, 2020