Conference Program

The 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference officially begins with a Welcome Barbecue at 6:30 PM on Friday.

It is preceded by the opportunity to participate in Intensives, and then Open Table Conversations, which are optional.

 

Everyone is welcome to arrive after 11:00 AM and to mix and mingle throughout the afternoon.

 

This preliminary program is subject to change as we stay on top of the latest developments in Children's Nonfiction.

Friday Intensives

3-hour Intensives (Optional - $95) Starting at 1:00 PM

 

1. Children's Nonfiction 101

If you are new to children’s nonfiction publishing, or want a refresher about the current terminology, markets, and acquisition process, this intensive will be invaluable. Topics include: The categories of nonfiction for different ages; Does nonfiction have to be 100% true?; The difference between trade and educational publishing; Work for hire books, magazine articles, and test passages; Identifying markets and targeting your work to specific markets; What publishers look for in samples or submissions; and Writing nonfiction that reads like fiction.

 

Presented by: Caryn Wiseman (Andrea Brown Literary Agency), Chris Eboch (Author/Instructor), Michelle Bisson (Capstone)

 

2. What Writers and Educators Can Learn from One Another

A top educator and author talk about how to write, edit, illustrate, and produce a range of NF that will help teachers, librarians, and parents deliver the recommendations today’s content-area standards ( STEM, STEAM, 3C, and NGSS). Will include summary of different categories of nonfiction writing. What are the most successful ways to use NF in the classroom? What inspires readers to choose a book? How books can be shared in the classroom.

Presented by: Cyndi Giorgis (NCTE Orbis Pictus Committee/University of Texas at El Paso) and Candace Fleming (Author)

 

3. The Publishing Process, from Submission to Sales

How do Publishers, Editors, Agents, Authors, Illustrators, and Marketing People work together in the creative, sales, and publicity process? Where do you fit in? This discussion between key players will cover topics such as attention-getting proposals, quality research, well-organized work process, the editorial process, and expectations for marketing.

Presented by: Domenica Di Piazza (Lerner), Heather Montgomery (Author), Ariane Szu-Tu (National Geographic Kids)

 

4. Publicity, Promotion, and Social Media

Get started on or enhance your Website, Facebook, Twitter, Blogging, and Pinterest presence. What are the benefits? What is your audience and how best to reach it? What results can you expect? Bring your own laptop and smart device and have the Vine app downloaded, so you can learn how to work on your own promotion including a Vine video.

Presented by: Kelly Leonard (KLO Associates), Roxie Munro (Author/Illustrator), Julie Gribble (KidLit TV)

5. What's Going on with Digital Nonfiction?

Get an overview of digital products in the market for schools, libraries, and homes -- from e-books and apps to educational games and blended learning. Learn about the rise of computer coding, makerspaces, and gamification.

Presented by: Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer), Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant/Apple Distinguished Educator), and Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.)

Connect With Us!

June 10-12, 2016

Iona College

New Rochelle,

New York

OPEN TABLE CONVERSATIONS

Pull up a chair and join one of these informal table conversations at the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference!

 

Casual conversations in an informal setting allow you to discuss with others who share your interest in a particular topic. Who knows where the conversation can go, or where it will take you!

 

If you are a registered attendee or faculty member and would like to host an Open Table, please send your request to tmeniel@starconsultinginc.com. We will select some of the most popular topics, arrange details (time and place) and publicize this Open Table.

WELCOME BARBECUE

PRESENTATION: NEW TRENDS IN NONFICTION

Get the latest updates on...

  • Audiobooks – Ellen Myrick (Publisher Spotlight Marketing)
  • Graphic Nonfiction – Francisca Goldsmith (Librarian/Author/Instructor)
  • Digital Natives Engaging with Nonfiction – Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.)
  • The Rise of Young Adult Nonfiction – Hallie Warshaw (Zest Books)
  • Nonfiction in the Classroom – Kate Hathaway , Ed.D. (College of New Rochelle Graduate School of Literacy Education)

Saturday

BREAKFAST

SATURDAY MORNING: Workshop Session 1 (1 hour)

1A. All About Agents

Do children’s NF authors and illustrators need an agent? What can agents do for you? What are their charges? How do you get an agent? Get advice on handling publishing contracts, submissions, manuscripts, and portfolios – plus unravelling the mysteries of copyright, licenses, and rights.

 

Presented by: Caryn Wiseman (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

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1B. Breaking the Boundaries: New Voices, New Formats, New Ideas for Today's Nonfiction

Outrageous illustrations, irreverent voices, mash-ups, humor, retro design.  In this session, we will examine where children’s nonfiction can go in the future. You will practice out-side-of-the-box thinking, try an exercise to see where voice can take you, and experiment with visual thinking tools.

 

Presented by: Heather Montgomery (Author) and Liz (Herzog) Frances (Scholastic)

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1C. Writing and Illustrating for NF Magazines

Print + digital magazine publishing is one of the biggest markets for children’s nonfiction authors, editors, illustrators, and designers.  Which magazines accept submissions, and how can you best submit your work? What are the particular skills needed to produce articles for magazines? What are the schedules and fees involved? What publishing rights should you sell or retain?

 

Presented by: Johanna Arnone (Muse Magazine)

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1D. An Insight into Nonfiction Market Niches

What's the difference between Trade, Mass Market, School and Library, Educational books? Learn about age ranges, such Pre-K, K-4, Teen, and Young Adult. What exactly are picture books, graphic novels, series-based nonfiction, and chapter books, middle-grade, and high-school nonfiction? Learn the difference and custom-make your research, writing, and designing for each niche.

 

Presented by: Michelle Bisson (Capstone) and Ariane Szu-Tu (National Geographic Kids)

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1E. What's New in Teen and YA Nonfiction?

Look at how children’s nonfiction is now dealing with issues and topics formally ignored or avoided-- from lifestyle choices, diversity, gender issues,  illness, and death and bereavement, to food, fashion, cooking, and personal finances.

 

Presented by: Angela Carstensen (Librarian/Author) and Hallie Warshaw (Zest Books)

SATURDAY MORNING: Workshop Session 2 (1 hour)

2A. Creative – Narrative – Nonfiction Research and Writing

Two award-winning authors will discuss how they research and write journalistic nonfiction including biographies. They will compare real or imagined narrative and authorized and unauthorized biographies. Learn about their sources of information and how authors are now pushing the envelope on nonfiction themes.

 

Presented by: Candace Fleming (Author) and Steve Sheinkin (Author)

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2B. Indie/Self-Publishing Success

Many authors have stepped off the traditional publishing route and are finding success in self-publishing/indie-publishing, which is now a vibrant part of today's publishing landscape. Others are hybrid authors, mixing traditional and indie publishing. Learn about the process of indie publishing and marketing and how to make it all rewarding. We'll explore the services, tools, and opportunities available to authors. What do you need to know to make your book a success? What services are worth the investment?

 

Presented by: Raymond Bean (Author)

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2C. The Power of Audiobooks

Audiobooks are one of the brightest spots in publishing and certainly the fastest growing. Learn about the Sound Learning Audiobook Literacy Toolkit that provides resources, research, and bibliographies that will be of interest to teachers, and librarians, publishers, authors, acquisition editors, and rights staff. Do authors have a say in audiobook production values, and can they gain financial rewards?

 

Presented by: Ellen Myrick (Publisher Spotlight Marketing) and Francisca Goldsmith (Librarian/Author/Instructor)

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2D. Diversity and Multiculturalism in Children's Nonfiction

How is racial and cultural diversity being addressed by authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers? What opportunities are there for introducing diversity in NF. A summary and survey of the growing number of books and digital products with content that reflects our diversified society and that deal with racial, ethnic, gender, sexual, and religious identities.

 

Presented by: Lesa Cline-Ransome (Author), James E. Ransome (Illustrator), Domenica DiPiazza (Lerner)

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2E. Today's Educational Innovations in NF

A survey of what is going on in teacher training colleges and in classrooms – from virtual school visits, digital teaching and learning, and blended learning to makerspaces and educational games.

 

Presented by: Abran Maldonado (NuSkool, Inc.) and Monica Burns (EdTech & Curriculum Consultant/Apple Distinguished Educator)

COFFEE BREAK

PRESENTATION: BOOK AWARDS

Book Award committee members will give insights into the awards, selection processes, criteria, audiences, and relevance to publishers, librarians, teachers, parents, authors and illustrators.

Presenters:

Orbis Pictus Award – Cyndi Giorgis (NCTE Orbis Pictus Committee/University of Texas at El Paso)

Eisner Award for Comics, Graphic Novels – Francisca Goldsmith (Librarian/Author/Instructor)

AAP Revere Awards - Linda Swank (Association of American Publishers)

ALA/YALSA Awards - Angela Carstensen (Librarian/Author)

NSTA Outstanding Science Tradebooks - Carolyn Hayes (National Science Teachers Assoc., President)

Bank Street Library and College NF Awards – Cynthia Weill (Bank Street Children's Book Committee)

 

Moderated by: Susannah Richards, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Education, Eastern Connecticut State University)

LUNCH

 

PRESENTATION BY BETINA COCHRAN, DIRECTOR OF LICENSING AND SPECIAL MARKETS AT HIGHLIGHTS FOR CHILDREN: "HIGHLIGHTS GOES DIGITAL"

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Workshop Session 3 (1 hour)

3A. Creating a Picture Book – An Illustrator's Perspective

An illustrator walks you through the entire process of making a picture book, from selling a manuscript to signing copies at your book opening. How does the illustrator work alongside the author? Do the words or pictures come first?

 

Presented by: Cathy Morrison (Illustrator/Designer)

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3B. Where Do Nonfiction Book Ideas Come From?

What sparks an idea for a nonfiction book? How do you research a new idea, including finding sources of text and images? Does the idea already exist? Two award-winning authors share stories of ideas that were published and others that were ditched and why.

 

Presented by: Steve Sheinkin (Author) and Heather Montgomery (Author)

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3C. How Do Teachers and Librarians Choose and Buy their NF Materials?

What criteria do they use? Where do they purchase them? How can publishers, authors, illustrators and digital developers attract their attention?

 

Presented by: Karen Ginman (New York Public Library) and Diane Ramos-Kelly, Ed.D. (Assistant Professor of Education, College of New Rochelle/Former School Superintendent)

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3D. Privacy Policies and Copyright on the Web

Stay informed with this valuable information for authors, publishers, teachers, and librarians about COPPA (Children's Online Privacy Protection Act), which applies to marketing to any child under the age of 13, and to privacy and copyright concerns on social media and websites.

 

Presented by: Linnette Attai (PlayWell, LLC)

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3E. Think Multimedia

When researching or producing a book or an app, think about the other media one can develop — books, ebook, posters, merchandise, videos, audiobooks, and games. How can you best exploit your content and resources?

 

Presented by: Michael Hearst (Author/Composer) and Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer)

PUBLISHERS PRESENTATION: WHY OUR BOOKS SUCCEEDED AND WHAT WE ARE LOOKING FOR NOW

 

Presenters: Michelle Bisson (Capstone), Domenica DiPiazza (Lerner), Alyssa Pusey (Charlesbridge), Roger Rosen (Rosen Publishing), Ariane Szu-Tu (National Geographic Kids), and Orlando Dos Reis (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

 

Moderated by: Susannah Richards, Ph.D. (Associate Professor of Education, Eastern Connecticut State University)

OPEN TABLE CONVERSATIONS

Pull up a chair and join one of these informal table conversations at the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference!

 

Casual conversations in an informal setting allow you to discuss with others who share your interest in a particular topic. Who knows where the conversation can go, or where it will take you!

 

If you are a registered attendee or faculty member and would like to host an Open Table, please send your request to tmeniel@starconsultinginc.com. We will select some of the most popular topics, arrange details (time and place) and publicize this Open Table.

CELEBRATION DINNER

Sunday

BREAKFAST

FEATURE PRESENTATION: Literacy and Nonfiction

What is the educational Importance of NF in terms of literacy and preparing children for careers? How do teachers use NF materials in the classroom? What are teachers looking for and what works best for children at various grade levels in regard to nonfiction?

 

Presented by: Cyndi Giorgis (NCTE Orbis Pictus Committee/Professor of Children's and YA Literature, University of Texas at El Paso)

SUNDAY MORNING: Workshop Session 4 (1 hour)

4A. Marketing, Building Your Brand, Promotional Videos

Whether you are an author, illustrator, or publisher, having a brand is important.  Social media gurus will answer such questions as: What is the value in creating and communicating a brand? How do you decide upon and then pursue your target audience? How do you build a platform using social media, speaking, ancillary products, and partnerships?

 

Presented by: Roxie Munro (Author/Illustrator) and Julie Gribble (KidLit TV)

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4B. Grabbing an Editor's Attention Through Innovation

An Editor and Author explore how innovation in topic, structure, research, and voice can grab an editor's attention, and how different kinds of innovation play important parts when writing for trade vs. educational publishers.

 

Presented by: Alyssa Pusey (Charlesbridge) and Jennifer Swanson (Author)

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4C. Show Me the Money

What can an author earn? Learn how writers are making a living, through original book projects, work for hire books, magazines, test passages and more. Explore how to reach some of the less obvious markets, and discuss the attitude changes that need to happen to turn writing into a business.

 

Presented by: Chris Eboch (Author/Instructor)

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4D. Graphic Nonfiction

From comics and graphic novels to infographics – Take a look at visual literacy’s scope for transmitting information, particularly to reluctant readers and youngsters with communication challenges and foreign language backgrounds. Learn about the different types of graphic nonfiction on the market and their educational value to teachers and librarians.

 

Presented by: Francisca Goldsmith (Librarian/Author/Instructor)

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4E. Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

The Standards provide a statement of the skills to teach but not the content or materials to use. The challenge is for authors, editors, and publishers to create a content-based science program that folds in the required skills in a way that is interesting and awe-inspiring to children and teachers. Learn how this can best be done.

 

Presented by: Carolyn Hayes (NSTA President)

SUNDAY MORNING: Workshop Session 5 (1 hour)

5A. College, Career, and Civic Life: Preparing Students with the C3 Framework

C3 stands for College, Career, and Civic Life. What does the C3 Framework mean for social studies product development? What do authors, illustrators, editors, and publishers need to know?

 

Presented by: Cyndi Giorgis (NCTE Orbis Pictus Committee/Professor of Children's and YA Literature, University of Texas at El Paso) and Emily Drew (New York Public Library)

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5B. How to Find NF Work

Where can you look? How do you follow up leads? Learn where and how best to connect with publishers, book packagers, and digital developers at conferences, book fairs, and exhibitions.

 

Presented by: Chris Eboch (Author/Instructor) and Jennifer Swanson (Author)

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5C. Surviving as an Illustrator

Where does a talented illustrator find work – from publishers, book packagers, and digital developers? What should you show in your portfolio and on your website? What studio setup do you need? How digital should you be?  How do you cost a project?

 

Presented by: James E. Ransome (Illustrator) and Cathy Morrison (Illustrator/Designer)

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5D. Permissions for Text, Images, Audio Files, and Video Files

How do you find, secure, and pay for permissions to reproduce texts and images? Who deals with permissions? What rights should you secure, and what fees might you have to pay? Negotiating fees to make budgets work.

 

Presented by: Michael Hearst (Author/Composer) and Orlando Dos Reis (Abrams Books for Young Readers)

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5E. Making Apps and Transmedia Projects

How does research, writing, designing, editing, and illustrating an app differ from a printed book? How do app developers create and produce their products. How can you transition from printed books to apps and transmedia productions?

 

Presented by: Sarah Towle (Educator/Author/App Developer) and Roxie Munro (Author/Illustrator)

CLOSING LUNCH

Supporting Sponsors

Conference initiated by Lionel Bender of BRW, producers of children's illustrated nonfiction for international publishers;

co-chaired by author/editor Sally Isaacs; and powered by Star Consulting, Inc., producers of top-calibre conferences and events. www.brw.co.uk  •  www.sallyisaacs.com  •  www.starconsultinginc.com