Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hello I must be going

My blog and I are still in summer mode, but I want to poke my head in to say hello....

...and to make a happy announcement: my portfolio won the Grand Prize at the SCBWI* Conference (held in Los Angeles every August). WOW, talk about an unexpected turn of events!!

It is of course a massive honour — and the prize is an all-expense paid trip to New York City, as well as an "Open Sesame" to publishing houses for children's books.  I can't wait!! More on all of this later, of course.
Here is that winning portfolio (btw, it wasn't easy to find a "landscape" oriented portfolio of just the right dimensions—thanks to Juana** for all the great advice!).  It contained 17 images, many of which can be seen on my website, while others have yet to be uploaded... stay tuned!  I also showed a full-colour dummy of Crocodile Shoes (which I both illustrated and wrote). Some images are here and here.
The Portfolio Showcase was held in a huge pavilion/ballroom at the Hyatt in Century City, with hundreds and hundreds of portfolios (and book dummies) all laid out on rows of tables.  A lot of people came to look, as you can see...
A lot of talent under one roof!
Here I am, beaming.
More soon.  Thank you again, SCBWI —I am so delighted!!!

PS.  For my readers in Europe and elsewhere: *SCBWI = "Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators".  This organization has chapters all over the world, hosts many interesting events and is regularly present at the Bologna Book Fair. Just sayin'.

PPS. **Juana Martinez Neal is a fantastic illustrator from Arizona by way of Peru.  She was awarded the SCBWI Grand Prize for her portfolio in 2012... and just recently, she did a wonderful cover for the SCBWI Bulletin.  Check her out!

16 comments:

  1. Grazie, Daniela — so nice to hear from you! It was a fantastic surprise, and I am really looking forward to New York. Yay!

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  2. HOORAY, HOORAY, HOORAY!!!!! I'm so happy for you--and also for me, at the thought I might get to read CROCODILE SHOES! It looks SO enticing (and almost ready to send to the printers :)) Huge congratulations!!!

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  3. Hey Carin! Thank you so much... you can't imagine how amazing and unanticipated this all is. And I am really looking forward to the NY trip (... perhaps we can meet? I'll email...)

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  4. Fabulous news Maral :-D :-D I am beaming to congratulations X

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    1. Thank you Hazel! I can scarcely believe it myself.... will keep you posted! XX

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  5. Wow! Congratulations. I've been to the LA event and the talent is amazing! Glad to have discovered your site.

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    1. Thanks Patty... and welcome to the Secret Blog!

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  6. Congratulations! Love the images from Crocodile Shoes. Hope to see that published soon!

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  7. Hi Maral, nice to see you dear artist,Congratulations !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  8. Parisa, it is great to hear from you again... and thank you!!

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