Monthly Archives: August 2014

SCBWI Missouri Fall Conference


You have just 15 days to register for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Missouri Fall Conference! If you have ever thought of getting into the children’s book field you must attend this conference. We have a line up of amazing speakers and a great community to welcome you. Sign up today!

his is not to be missed! Go! Go! Go!

Missouri Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI)
Fall Conference to be held 
September 6 & 7
Lindenwood University, St. Charles

ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI – The Missouri Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators’ annual fall conference will be held Saturday, Sept. 6, and Sunday, September 7, at Lindenwood University’s Spellmann Center, 209 S. Kingshighway, St. Charles, 63301. The theme is “Seeds of Success.” 
Scheduled speakers and panelists include local Young Adult author Heather Brewer, art director Giuseppe Castellano, editor Deborah Halverson, agents Nancy Gallt and Jodell Sadler, and authors Nancy Pollette and Steve Sheinkin. Sheinkin recently received a Boston Globe-Horn Book award for nonfiction at BookExpoAmerica. Curriculum specialist Debbie Gonzales also will discuss Common Core Standards and incorporating them into school visits.
The cost of Saturday’s full-day conference is $150 for SCBWI members and $175 for non-members. Three-hour intensive workshops with speakers on Sunday are only $45. For more info see the last day to register is August 20, 2014.


Illustrations for 435 Magazine


I have 5 illustrations in this month’s issue of 435 Magazine, which is a local lifestyle magazine sold in the KC metro area. It isn’t a children’s magazine, but it has a connection to SCBWI because the art director found my name on the SCBWI site among the illustrator portfolios. She followed the link to my site, liked what she saw, and contacted me through my contact form.

Here are the illustrations she commissioned.

This went along with an essay titled “What’s Good About Goodbye” and was supposed to be drawn in sort of a Fancy Nancy style.
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Home Owner’s Association
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435 Magazine - HOA Article

KC Mayor Sly James
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Mayor Sly James

The Plaza Art Fair
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Plaza Art v2 500

The Nation’s Happiest City
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Happy City 500

She bought first time rights to use the images in the print version of the magazine and the associated article on the website. I retain copyrights.  So, these will probably go up on iStock sometime soon.

Verrückt at Schlitterbahn
She also commissioned this one, which didn’t end up running because they didn’t run the section it goes with.  Good thing, too, because the final version of the Schlitterbahn Verrückt raft holds 3 people, not 4. But 4 is what all the promotional materials showed, so that’s what I used as a reference. I didn’t know it was inaccurate until after I turned it in.

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Water Slide 500