SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
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2020 Regional Conference: A-Z Page

2019 PAL BOOKS SHOWCASE:

This year, we’re adding a bonus conference opportunity for PAL (Published and Listed) Authors and Illustrators to showcase their 2019 Book Releases. (You don’t have to be present at the conference, but please visit https://www.scbwi.org/list-of-pal-publishers/ for SCBWI’s list of PAL publishers to make sure your book is PAL.) Lynne Marie will be putting together a PowerPoint with Author/Book Pages that will play at various times throughout the conference in the ballroom to be viewed by all attendees and faculty. If you’re a PAL Author who has registered to attend, please send the following by December 10, 2019 to Lynne Marie at thepicturebookmechanic@gmail.com: 

1. Your Name and Book Title

2. Publication Date

3. A jpeg of your 2019 PAL book cover

4. a jpeg of your headshot 

BOOK SALES:

Faculty and SCBWI members attending the conference may sell their books through our on-site bookseller, Books & Books. Contact Jonathan Rosen at houseofrosen@aol.com with your book titles/ISBN numbers by December 10, 2019. PAL (Published and Listed) members are eligible to sell two books. (Please visit https://www.scbwi.org/list-of-pal-publishers/ for SCBWI’s list of PAL publishers.) Self-published authors and non-PAL members may sell one book. If your books are self-published or your publisher does not accept returns, please contact Jonathan Rosen to find out who to speak to at Books & Books to work out an agreement to sell on consignment at the conference. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED FOR THE CONFERENCE IN ORDER TO HAVE YOUR BOOKS IN THE BOOKSTORE.

The conference bookstore will be open Friday through Sunday.

COSTUME BALL:

Join us for our ADVENTURES IN PUBLISHING Costume Ball and Dinner/Dance! Come dressed as your favorite literary adventurer. The winner of the costume contest will win a free critique at a future conference! Dance and dine from 7:30-11 PM. Tickets for those not attending the FULL CONFERENCE will be available for $65 when you register online or at the conference check-in desk. For those paying the FULL CONFERENCE price, one ticket is included.

DONATION OF BOOKS:

Please bring a new or gently-used children’s or YA book to put in our donation basket which will be donated to a worthy charity.

DRESS:

Since we cannot control the temperature in the conference rooms, you may want to bring a sweater or jacket.

FIRST BOOKS PANEL:

If you had a debut book out in 2019 with a PAL publisher you may be eligible to be on the First Books Panel. Email Dorian at florida-ra2@scbwi.org if you are interested. You must email before December 1, 2019.

LIVE AUCTION:

At the end of the conference on Sunday there will be a live auction of the enlarged pin, a vintage typewriter, and possibly other art.

MEALS:

Below is a list of what to expect for each meal:

Friday: If you’re checked into the hotel Thursday night, you will receive a ticket at the hotel front desk for a buffet breakfast on Friday morning at the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant. A second person in your room will also receive a ticket, if you’ve registered for a double room. In order for a third or fourth person to receive a breakfast ticket, you must mention them when you make your reservations at the hotel and pay the extra $10 per person.

A buffet lunch is included in the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant with your INTENSIVE REGISTRATION. Ticket will be given at Intensive check-in.

Friday Night: Snacks will be served following Tara Lazar’s Keynote and the First Books Panel. You will be on your own for dinner.

Saturday: If you’re checked into the hotel Friday night, you will receive a ticket at the hotel front desk for a buffet breakfast on Saturday morning at the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant. A second person in your room will also receive a ticket, if you’ve registered for a double room. In order for a third or fourth person to receive a breakfast ticket, you must mention them when you make your reservations at the hotel and pay the extra $10 per person.

Coffee and tea included outside conference room all morning for all attendees.

A buffet lunch is included in the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant with either FULL CONFERENCE or SATURDAY ONLY registration. Ticket will be given at conference check-in.

Saturday Dinner: Buffet dinner and ADVENTURES IN PUBLISHING Costume Ball included for FULL CONFERENCE ATTENDEES ONLY. Cash bar. (Dinner ticket received at conference check-in desk.) You may also purchase tickets for guests at $65 per ticket.

Saturday Only or Sunday Only Attendees: If you wish to attend the Saturday night Buffet Dinner and ADVENTURES IN PUBLISHING Costume Ball, you may purchase a ticket for $65

Sunday Breakfast: If you’re checked into the hotel Saturday night, you will receive a ticket at the hotel front desk for a buffet breakfast on Sunday morning at the hotel’s Rickenbacker Restaurant. A second person in your room will also receive a ticket, if you’ve registered for a double room. In order for a third or fourth person to receive a breakfast ticket, you must mention them when you make your reservations at the hotel and pay the extra $10 per person.

NETWORKING:

Following Tara Lazar’s keynote and the First Books Panel on Friday night, there will be an opportunity to mingle with others, have snacks and drinks (cash bar), and get books autographed by Tara and the First Books Panelists. THIS EVENT IS ONLY FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SIGNED UP FOR THE FULL CONFERENCE!!

PINS:

Add our SCBWI Florida Regional Conference 2020 pin to your collection! Each year, we feature a different illustrator. This year Vanessa Brantley-Newton will be the featured artist. Proceeds from the sale help finance free events around Florida.

PROMOTION:

Members are welcome to bring materials such as bookmarks or postcards, to share with others, and to have your books in our conference bookstore. However, SCBWI policy prohibits the distribution of other promotional materials of private businesses such as courses, critiques, editorial services, and so on.

RECORDING AND BLOGGING POLICY:

By registering for this conference, you acknowledge that audio taping, video-taping and/or transmitting or aiding in any of the foregoing of any part of the conference (including, but not limited to, presentations, individual sessions, and networking events) is prohibited. Additionally, the material in all handouts and presentations is copyrighted and may not be reprinted, blogged, written, orally transmitted, and/or reproduced without written permission of the copyright holder only. If you are found in violation of the above, SCBWI reserves the right to remove you from the conference and bar you from attending future conferences.

While we love when bloggers share thoughts about their overall experience, offer a personal anecdote, and/or briefly talk about something that resonated with them, it is equally important that bloggers not give away that which is not theirs to give. The fair use policy issued by SCBWI above refers to speakers’ rights, authors’ rights, and illustrators’ rights, under any circumstances, and it pertains to the content of our speakers’ talks, workshops, and/or handouts. This falls into the category of protecting intellectual property. Again, personal impressions, a quote that is cited, and/or a general overview would be considerate. However, it would be a breach of copyright law to give away a detailed report of a presenter’s material. Thank you in advance for taking this policy into account. Your professionalism is greatly appreciated.

RISING KITE AWARDS:

Rising Kite Awards will be given out on Sunday after the workshops. You may pick up your rubric report at the conference registration desk.

QUESTIONS:

Contact Co-Regional Advisors, Dorian Cirrone and Rob Sanders at florida@scbwi.org.

SIGNING PARTY:

Our book signing party closes the conference on January 19 from 12:30-1:15 PM. Come mingle and meet your favorite authors, illustrators, and faculty members. Get your books signed and photographs taken—a great way to end the weekend!

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VOLUNTEERS:

We often need volunteers to pick up speakers at the airport and to sell pins at the conference. Sometimes we need volunteers at the registration desk. If you are registering for one day but will be at the hotel with free time and could work at the desk, let us know. Please write to Dorian Cirrone and Rob Sanders at florida@scbwi.org if you are interested in any of these volunteer opportunities. You must be registered for the conference in order to volunteer.

WEAPONS POLICY: 

It is the policy of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to maintain an environment that is safe for all persons.  To achieve this objective, it is the SCBWI’s policy to maintain a firearms and weapons free environment at all of our events and prohibit the possession of firearms and weapons regardless of any license or permit that an individual may have which would otherwise authorize the individual to carry firearms or weapons. Weapons are defined as anything that is intended to cause harm to another person.