Thursday, July 12, 2012

SCBWI 2012 Summer Conference LA: Pre-Conference Faculty Interview--Arianne Lewin


The 2012 SCBWI Summer Conference is only a few weeks away (excited?!), and I'm here with a faculty pre-conference interview with a fantastic editor and speaker at this year's event, Arianne Lewin. 


Arianne Lewin is an executive editor at G. P. Putnam’s Sons, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. She edits all kinds of books, with an emphasis on young adult novels and fantasy. Ari has worked with Mike Rex, Cinda Williams Chima, Rachel Hawkins, Katie Alender, Marie Lu and Jessica Spotswood (from SCBWI's site)

I was lucky enough to be able to ask Arianne some questions about the upcoming conference:

Hi, Arianne! What do you think newly published authors can gain from attending a conference?  

Conferences are a fantastic opportunity for new authors to keep growing. It takes a long time for a baby writer to know their way around publishing, and conferences provide the opportunity to meet editors, agents, and experienced authors who can answer some of their burning questions. Pre-pub and post, the burning questions never stop...

What topics will you touch on in your talk? 

Which talk? I’m doing three. One is about how and what I acquire. Another is about writing fantasy (but could really be applied to most genres). My intensives are about improving first pages.

The SCBWI Summer Conference is a great way for authors to meet prospective agents and editors. Have you ever met an author through a conference or after-conference submission? 

I’ve worked with a number of authors who I’ve met at conferences, but haven’t signed any yet. Still, signing people is the whole reason I come; I know it will happen eventually – I just have to keep at it! 

Thank you so much, Arianne! I'll definitely be at the writing fantasy session.

If you can't attend the conference this year, you can follow the action through the official SCBWI Team Blog site HERE. Hope to see you in LA!