FAQ: Why Join SCBWI? by Sue Ford

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SCBWI opens many doors. Editors, art directors and agents respect the organization. Some publishing houses are only open to submissions from SCBWI members. Many houses and agents are only open to those who have attended a conference where they’ve spoken.

Personal connections with editors, agent, and art directors happen at regional and international conferences and events. Editors, agents and art directors who attend, instruct, critique work, and review portfolios. The networking possibilities are immeasurable. Sometimes in this business, it’s who you know and the contacts that make or break you.  In our region we have had a number of “sales” made through these contacts.

On the main scbwi.org website there are member only benefits: resources and market surveys, a speaker’s bureau, and more. There are also awards presented to members for writing and illustrating and grants awarded for works-in-progress. http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Membership-Benefits

Locally, you get discounts to our or other region’s events. You get not only our newsletter, but can go online and read newsletters from other regions. You also will get direct emails as a member. Membership is a personal decision, of course, but here are some benefits:
1. The SCBWI Bulletin. On the main scbwi.org website there are member only benefits: resources and market surveys, a speaker’s bureau, and more. There are also awards presented to members for writing and illustrating and grants awarded for works-in-progress. http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Membership-Benefits

2. The new SCBWI website has a “bookstore.” Each member can list books and others will be able to be purchased from the vendor of choice. We hope that the new site will be a great resource for librarians and teachers and PTAs when looking for an author or illustrator to speak. All the regions will be on scbwi.org instead of on separate websites.

3. SCBWI opens many doors. Editors, art directors and agents respect the organization. Some publishing houses are only open to submissions from SCBWI members. Many houses and agents are only open to those who have attended a conference where they’ve spoken.

4.Personal connections with editors, agent, and art directors happen at regional and international conferences and events. Editors, agents and art directors who attend, instruct, critique work, and review portfolios. The networking possibilities are immeasurable. Sometimes in this business, it’s who you know and the contacts that make or break you.  In our region we have had a number of “sales” made through these contacts.

5.Our region is growing and offering more events than just the conference and retreat. You’re welcome to attend our events as a nonmember, but you’ll pay more and won’t receive our mailings and special announcements.

Sue Ford is the SCBWI Oregon Co-Regional Advisor and Newsletter Editor

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