Tracy Shaw


Meet Tracy

Tracy Shaw has been in publishing for over 20 years at Little, Brown and Company, and is currently an art director at Little Brown Books for Young Readers (LBYR). She studied Illustration at RISD which led her to book design, and has worked on everything from board books to adult nonfiction. For 8 years she led the art direction of James Patterson’s children's imprint, Jimmy Patterson Books, and is now back to doing what she loves best - picture books.

Sessions + Events

Critiques + Reviews

  • Portfolio Review
  • PB Dummy Review

Character Design Workshop - Breakout

Saturday, Sept 21st 11 am - 12 pm


Let’s deep dive on what makes a successful character in a picture book. We’ll discuss both visual/physical details as well as building personality and authenticity. Bring an idea for a character and sketch materials. 

First Look Panel

Saturday, Sept 21st 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm


Conference attendees are invited to submit an image anonymously and receive feedback from our industry professionals. Visit the First Look Submission page for details.

Pitchers Anonymous

Results Posted: Saturday, Sept 21st 5:30 pm

Location TBA

Conference attendees are invited to submit to our pitch event and find out anonymously if any faculty have invited them to submit. Learn more.

From Idea to Print - Breakout

Sunday, Sept 22nd 9:30 am - 10:30 am


What really happens after your submission gets noticed, from book dummy to query letter to the final product on the shelf? We'll walk through each step along the way, talk about what you’re involved in and what you’re not, and discuss what to do after the ink has dried.

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Hosted by SCBWI Carolinas