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Putting together a Prize-winning Portfolio!

SCBWI's annual conference in LA is almost upon us! And with it- the Annual Juried Portfolio Competition, so this week 's post continues  the series of pre-conference prep with portfolio tips! At the first SCBWI conference I attended in LA, 12 years ago, I was fortunate enough to sit in on a workshop with Dilys Evans- agent, founder of The Original Art Show, and author of Show and Tell: Exploring the...

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Getting down to business…Business Cards, that is.

One month from today I'll be settling back into my studio after the SCBWI Annual Conference... And with that in mind, I am putting up a series of posts full of tips on getting yourself and your work ready for the four fun-in-the-sun filled days of children's book networking that the conference provides! Last week's post found here  featured tips on making your Promo Postcard a pin up. This week's...

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Promo Postcard 101- making your piece a Pin-up!

One month from today I will be hopping on a plane to Los Angeles and the SCBWI Annual Conference... I suspect I am not the only one with these plans as the hotel is now completely booked (some pun intended)! And with that in mind, I thought I might feature a few posts on getting yourself and your work ready for the four fun-in-the-sun filled days of children's book networking that...

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Laura’s Mini-Interview!

Last week in the mini-interview series we visited with the hep and talented Mikela Prevost. How, you ask yourself, HOW could we possibly equal that?! With this week's interview of the lovely  and witty Laura Jacobsen. That's how!               When I moved to Phoenix from LosAngeles, Laura was one of the first local illustrators I met. She answerd my personals ad in the SCBWI...

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Mikela’s Mini-Interview!

Last week was all about ME. Me,  Me, Me... I tell ya, by the end of the week,  even I  was sick of ME! Luckily, this week brings us mini-interviews of the hep and talented Mikela Prevost- and with her comes a breath of fresh air and fresh illustrative perspective!               You can find her on Twitter and her website www.mikelaprevost.com Before we get...

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The Mini-Interview Molly Idle Giveaway!

Ok- so you've seen it on Facebook, you've heard about it on Twitter... I'm giving away a signed book and print from Santa's Workshop! And you've still got 3 more days to enter for your chance to win.... this!   So... to enter, you can leave a comment here. or... Leave a comment of any of the mini-Molly-interviews on Juana, Mikela or Laura's blogs. or... Follow @mollyidle on Twitter or......

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A Mini-ME-Interview!

Happy Wednesday Everybody! This morning, as a part of the month of Mini Interviews and Giveaways- co-hosted by Juana Martinez Neal, Mikela Prevost and Laura Jacobsen- I am interviewing... MYSELF! Yesterday, Juana kicked off the week with the first of four "Molly" interviews on her blog, and this morning I pick up where she left off... When I wrote these questions- I wrote them with my aforementioned pals in mind......

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A Month of Mini-Interviews and Giveaways in November!

One of my favorite things about my wacky life is my group of funny and fabulous illustrating friends! Three of whom are: Juana Martinez Neal, Mikela Prevost and Laura Jacobsen. While the four of us have tons in common both personally, and professionally- our working processes are totally different! Which is awesome, as I think that it is precisely the blending of our common goals and diverse artistic styles that makes our friendly...

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A New Class!

News flash! Just scheduled a new class in Picture Book Illustration at the Shemer Art Center ! The course runs six weeks and meets from 1-4 pm on Thursday afternoons: Starting November 10, 2011. Space is  extremely limited, so sign up soon... Click on the link above for registration information!      

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“C” in Handwriting… a plus?

Today, I am signed up for a parent teacher conference with my son't first grade teacher. On our to-discuss list:  strengthening his handwriting skills- specifically neatness. Oh, if I had a nickel for every time I got a "C" in handwriting on my report card as a kid... well, let's just say I would have a lot of nickels. Even today- when I am "scribbling" down ideas, I am literally...

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2 + 2 = ?

The other day I was at the zoo with my boys when another mom sat down next to me and started to regale me with unbidden tales of how time consuming her job as an accountant was. Then, she paused and asked the question any working mother should know better than to ask another working mother... "So, What do YOU do?" ME: I'm a children's book writer and illustrator. Zoo...

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