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Hello! I feel my portfolio is ready to start getting in contact with publishers or illustrators. How do I find them? How do I get involved in portfolio reviews? How do I get my name out there? I live in New York and know I have so much at my disposal. Where do I start!?! Thank you!
Amanda Hollenbeck
#1 - April 08, 2014, 08:14 PM
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Hi Amanda,


Welcome! Are you a member of SCBWI? If not, it's a great resource. Each year SCBWI publishes "The Book," which contains lots of useful advice, as well as lists of agents, publishers, magazine markets and more. I think there's a section specifically for illustrators with guidelines for putting together a portfolio.


If you attend SCBWI conferences -- and you can as a member or non member -- you'll have the opportunity to connect with publishers and agents. One of the two big ones is in New York each winter. I haven't been to that particular conference, but there may be opportunities for portfolio reviews there as well.


Good luck!


Kirsten


#2 - April 09, 2014, 06:34 AM
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The NJ SCBWI conference is coming up at the end of June. https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1427434

It will be in Plainsboro this year. I think you can get there from NYC by bus. Not too far.
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On a more philosophical level, take a deep breath and settle in for the journey - this is a great career to have, but it takes time on all fronts. You don't have to (and indeed can't) learn everything all at once; it'll take time, but it's worth it. Be patient, be persistent, and be diligent about learning who all the people are and how all the processes happen. And good luck!
#4 - April 09, 2014, 09:33 AM

Amanda

I wrote an article on my blog that you might find helpful.
http://donaldwuillustration.blogspot.com/2014/01/breaking-into-biz.html

Good luck!

Donald
#5 - April 11, 2014, 11:46 PM

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Donald, thanks for sharing your article; very informative!
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On a more philosophical level, take a deep breath and settle in for the journey - this is a great career to have, but it takes time on all fronts. You don't have to (and indeed can't) learn everything all at once; it'll take time, but it's worth it. Be patient, be persistent, and be diligent about learning who all the people are and how all the processes happen. And good luck!

Thanks for this!
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