Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

December 12, 2020 Chapter Meeting Lessons Learned by Debut Authors and Illustrators

Date(s) - 12/12/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

December 12, 2020

2 – 4 p.m. Pacific Time

Lessons Learned 

Debuting Authors and Illustrator – Reginald Brown, Pamela Couvignou, Jessica Kim and Ruth Mitchell

If you register for this meeting later than Friday evening, Dec. 11th, you may not receive the Zoom link to see it live, but it will be recorded and available to those registered to attend for two weeks after the Chapter Meeting.

Our December chapter meeting will feature four members whose works are debuting in 2020.  Each will share tips and the insider’s information they learned on their way to publication. 

  Reginald (Reggie) Brown illustrated the chapter book The Magnificent Makers, written by Theanne Griffith, from Penguin/Random House, released May 19th. The next book in the series will be out this September. I love bringing to life in illustrations the stories of the immigrant experience; discrimination and racism; growing up in an underserved community; perseverance and hard-work; military families; family members with mental health and substance/alcohol abuse -authors writing these stories are also bringing voice to my stories and lived experiences. It would be an honor to have my illustrations depict the heart, spirit, and zest of the stories these authors have to share with the world. I also have a passion for stories with genres like fantasy, superheroes, and science-fiction, and I love that you share my belief that it’s time for a wider array of skin tones to be represented in these joyful stories.

  Pamela Fong, started as an author/illustrator a few years ago after many years as a graphic and web designer with her own boutique agency. Her first book, ROU & THE GREAT RACE was purchased at the 2019 SCBWI LA Conference by Raycraft Books and released in September 2020. It is described by Kirkus Review as “a simple but effective dystopian picture book.”  She is represented by Abigail Frank at Sanford Greenburger Agency and is currently working on a wordless picture book with Lee Wade of Schwartz & Wade, (an imprint of Penguin Random House).  And just this week, her third picture book project was purchased by Greenwillow (HarperCollins) in a two-book deal that was the result of a vigorous auction.

  Jessica Kim’s middle grade book, Stand Up, Yumi Chung, was published March 17, 2020 by Kokila/Penguin Random House. She writes about Asian American girls finding their way in the world. Before she was an author, Jessica studied education at UC Berkeley and spent ten years teaching third, fourth, and fifth grades in public schools. Like Yumi, Jessica lives with her family in Southern California and can’t get enough Hot Cheetos, stand-up comedy, and Korean barbecue.

  Ruth Mitchell’s young adult book Deleted was published January 7, 2020 by Immortal Works. It is an award winning YA sci-fi thriller described as “a beautiful tale filled with action, romance and adventure. Deleted received the Gold Medal in YA science fiction in the Readers’ Favorite Award Contest. Mitchell, a former journalist turned homemaker, lives in San Diego with her husband and children. In addition to writing, she loves to talk about books on Instagram, bake, and run (slowly).

At this time we doubt we’ll be able to continue our tradition of selling members books and illustrations in an on-line format. If this changes we will let the membership know ASAP.


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