Signs of life

Bored girl and a scottie for good measure.

After a week of crazy weather for Dallas (before we hosted the Super Bowl, no less), I'm finally feeling back in the zone of making more art.

Drew and I had a great (but cold) time in New York City for the big SCBWI conference. I feel focused and inspired, and excited to tackle the projects on my plate. It's good to remember that you can't let the well run dry, and time spent getting inspired can be more worthwhile than hours drawing in circles and getting nowhere.

Me at the Met, checkin out Joan of Arc

We also got to spend time with our friend Chase, a former Reel FX'er who showed us the ropes a bit. And, I finally got to meet my agent Susan Cohen, which was really cool considering how much we've worked together without having met. Seeing the Writers House offices was one of the highlights of the trip.

As for the conference, it wasn't so much of a "networking" opportunity, as it was a chance to get a pulse on the publishing industry, and where it's heading next. Also, keynote addresses from RL Stine and Lois Lowry can't hurt.

I wrapped up my first picture book with Candlewick, and am hard at work on two projects with HarperCollins. In addition, I should have a book out this year from Simon & Schuster (the newest in the Lucky Trilogy), and a cover with Scholastic. In the midst of all of this, I hope that 2011 is the year I focus on some personal projects as well. Trying to pick a new travel destination as well. Maybe Ireland to visit my people. ;)

Hope all are well and staying warm!


Kenny Callicutt said...

Thanks for sharing your thoughts about the trip/conference. Was there talk about publishing on the color e-readers?

Also congrats on your book with Candlewick. They always have such a cool list.

Erin McGuire said...

Yeah, they talked about being sure that e-book considerations were in your contracts, and it seemed like since it's still the wild west of e-readers, everyone's waiting to see what happens when the dust settles.
They also talked about copyright stuff with the iPad, I guess the iPad handles font copyright different from other e-readers (seemed like a long story).

We didn't go to the illustration intensive (it was a whole separate day for illustration) but they talked about children's e-books, book apps, and "enhanced" books as being formats to keep an eye out for.

All interesting stuff :)

Adam Tamte Volker said...


you're a rockstar!! Seriously, you've accomplished a lot already. Congratulations Erin

Erin McGuire said...

Thanks Adam :) You're a rockstar yourself Mr. Art Director ;)

Ana said...

There you are!
Congratulations Erin!