Illustrator’s Gallery: Lauren Gallegos

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laurengallegos_barnMeet SCBWI member and illustrator Lauren Gallegos in this quarter’s “Illustrator’s Gallery.” Read on to hear Lauren’s story and see some of her amazing illustrations!

 

laurengallegos_diverIn one of my early illustration classes in college, a professor gave us a quiz to see if we were more cut out for being an in-house illustrator or a freelance illustrator. The test placed me VERY much in the camp of in-house illustrator based on my personality and working style. I was pretty discouraged by this. I was still new to the illustration world (I started out in Graphic Design), but was already on my way down the path of wanting to become a children’s book illustrator. In my mind, that could only mean that I had to do freelance. So what did I do? I set out to prove that quiz wrong! No one was going to put me in a box and tell me what I was destined to be!

laurengallegos_runawaySo when I finished school, I set up a website and started scrolling through Craigslist, taking almost anything I could find. I know. Craigslist. It’s so sad. But that’s the only thing I could think to do at the time and I just wanted to work!

Well, Craigslist proved to be a starting point at least. I did small freelance jobs here and there and took as many opportunities that came my way. I was freelancing! Of course they were beginner jobs and it absolutely was not enough to live on. So I also got a part-time job as an after-school art teacher. All the while I was working on my craft and trying to learn how to draw better through paid work as well as personal projects.

laurengallegos_doctorFast forward about seven years. My freelance work has brought me many opportunities to work on books with self-publishing authors as well as enough pay to quit my teaching job and still live modestly. Every book I have worked on has been a learning experience and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I can see how my work as progressed and changed over those seven years and I can’t wait to see how it changes in the next seven. And just recently I signed with an agent, so I am excited to take the next step in my career!

 

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biopiclaurenLauren Gallegos earned her BFA in Illustration from Cal State Fullerton in 2009 and has been illustrating ever since. She is always looking for opportunities to illustrate great stories with the desire to see how her work will impact young minds. She is a proud member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Southern California with her husband. You can find here at, www.Laurengallegos.com, artbylauren.blogspot.com, @laurengallegos, and on Facebook.

 

 

Illustrations provided by Lauren Gallegos.

Work-for-Hire: A Non-Traditional Path to Becoming an Author

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img_1008I’ve never written a book proposal and I don’t have an agent, but I’m the author of more than a dozen non-fiction books for kids. How did I do it? I’m a writer for hire!

Many publishers create certain series, concepts, or titles “in house,” but they often need help doing the dirty work – you know, the writing part of it. So they’ll bring in freelancers who can bring their ideas to life. I’m one of those freelancers. Continue reading

Illustrator’s Perspective: Olivia Aserr

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peter-panI mainly work in visual storytelling, which is a fancy way of saying I like to draw pictures that tell a story. Throughout the years, this has meant working in animation, editorial, and now, children’s books. Drawing and writing for kids is something I’ve always wanted to do, because when I was a kid, I loved stories and movies and books, but I wanted more of them to look like me (rather selfishly, I admit). This is a pretty common thread amongst a lot of creators and storytellers I meet. We become artists so we can add to the mix and enrich the narrative with our perspectives and experiences and dreams. Continue reading

Great News!

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GreatNewsSCBWI loves celebrating our members’ successes and noteworthy news, and there are many! Read on to find out who’s got something to shout about. Digital high-fives welcome in the comments!

 

 

Joan Bransfield Graham’s poem “Tuck a Poem in Your Head” is featured in former U.S. Children’s Poet Laureate Kenn Nesbitt’s new poetry anthology One Minute Till Bedtime, which debuted on November 1st.

ambushBetsy Rosenthal’s An Ambush of Tigers was selected as a 2016 Notable Children’s Book in the English Language Arts and consequently, she has been invited to serve on a panel at the upcoming National Council of Teachers of English annual convention.

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Toot Your Horn!

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living-fossils-coversmLiving Fossils: Clues to the Past, by Caroline Arnold, illustrated by Andrew Plant, Charlesbridge, ages 7-10, Picturebook Nonfiction, ISBN: 978-1-58089-691-7, released 06/02/2016.

 

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Writing Awards Boost Confidence: Need Some?

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rollinger_mooserEver wonder what happens to the manuscripts that win first place in SCBWI-L.A.’s writing contests? We did. As the contest for Writers & Illustrators Day 2017 opens, we talked with our 2016 winners to find out how the award affected them and where their manuscripts are now.

All four of our winners talked about the huge boost in confidence that winning gave them. The award created courage to keep trying — writing, revising, querying, and learning. Continue reading

The LitMingle Minute: San Fernando Valley-Glendale

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sgvmingleWe at the SFV-Glendale LitMingle are dedicated to the pursuit of writing and illustrating children’s literature. We support, guide, and nurture budding authors and illustrators as well as established authors and illustrators. Our goal is to create quality works of fiction, non-fiction and poetry that educate, entertain, and inspire children of all ages. Continue reading

2016 Working Writer’s Retreat: A Protected Space

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Every year SCBWI hosts a members-only retreat that provides space, support, and permission to write—an ideal experience for writers at varihsrc-meditation-gardenous stages of the creative process. On the final day, attendees have a chance to present their work to some of the most talented editors and agents in the business. To prepare for this moment, SCBWI faculty crafts three days of carefully planned and protected writing time.

The buzz from years past caught my attention and I was motivated to sign up the day registration opened. This opportunity meant time alone with my story without having to worry about the pressing responsibilities of life. Continue reading

Central Coast Regional News, Fourth Quarter

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by Ann Rousseau Smith, CenCal News Liaison

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SCBWI Community Corner with Stephanie Olivieri

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SCBWI Summer Conference 2015

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is a dynamic community of professionals and aspirings. Read on for a member’s story about how SCBWI has influenced their work and connected them to publishing professionals, life-long friends, and the tools they need to share their stories with children of all ages.

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators has changed my life for the better in many ways. It’s hard to explain how a group of book writers and illustrators can do that, but they have. I’m not sure where to start, so I’ll start at the beginning: I’m a writer, who also draws. I worked in animation for many years and have recently worked in children’s books both as a writer and an illustrator.

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