Monday, July 18, 2011

Summer 2011 SCBWI Pre-Conference Interview: Julie Strauss-Gabel

In another SCBWI Team Blog exclusive, I'm here with the incredible Julie Strauss-Gabel. I had the opportunity to chat with her in a pre-conference interview for the Annual Summer Conference in LA!

Let's learn more:

Julie Strauss-Gabel is the Vice President and Publisher of Dutton Children’s Books, a small middle grade and young adult fiction list (Please note that Dutton no longer acquires picture books.) A graduate of Amherst College and Harvard University, Julie worked at Hyperion Books for Children and Clarion Books before joining Dutton in 1992. Her authors include: Ally Condie (Matched), Gayle Forman (If I Stay, Where She Went), Adam Gidwitz (A Tale Dark & Grimm), John Green (Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns), Nina LaCour (Hold Still), Lauren Myracle (the Winnie Years series), Stephanie Perkins (Anna and the French Kiss), and Nova Ren Suma (Imaginary Girls). (From SCBWI website)

I got a chance to interview Julie Strauss-Gabel about the upcoming conference:

What advice can you offer first time attendees on how to select the right workshops for them?

Pick the opportunities that are both for the writer you are and the author/professional you hope to become, being realistic about what you really need now or in the near future. I think it’s important to mix in some attention to craft, not just focus on selling. All that said, this is a special opportunity that doesn’t come along often, so make time for someone you’ve always wanted to hear speak, or take a chance on a new topic.

What topics will you touch on in your talk?

I’m looking forward to talking with a lot of people about the talented authors I’m working with and the list I’m building at Dutton. It’s been an exciting few months as Dutton moves into a small, fiction only list, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to be back with so many friends at the LA SCBWI Summer Conference to talk about it.

The LA SCBWI Summer Conference has a great mix of writers. What do you think newly published authors can gain from attending a conference?

Especially at a conference this big, I think writers at every level can find information and inspiration. Not only is it a great opportunity to take your craft to the next level (everyone is always learning and getting better . . . that never stops), but also to pick up some knowledge about marketing and the business overall. And the personal connections you will make with other writers is so, so important; it’s probably the best thing about the conference.

There you have it! Yet another reason to attend!! Thank you so much to Julie Strauss-Gabel and I hope to see all of you at the conference!


Casey McCormick said...

I love EVERYTHING Ms. Strauss-Gabel acquires and edits! Looking forward to hearing her speak at the conference.

Ara Burklund said...

Great interview, Suzanne! Thanks for asking key questions for those of us who are looking forward to seeing Julie at the conference. : )

Angelina C. Hansen said...

Thanks, Suzanne and Julie. The conference will be fabulous!

Lee Wind said...

(everyone is always learning and getting better . . . that never stops)

those words inspire me!

Thanks to you both,

Matthew MacNish said...

I can't believe I wasn't following your blog.

Oh well, I've fixed it now.