Please be aware that our COVID policy for the in-person October 22 conference may change depending upon NJ State mandates and the most current conditions. The safety of our attendees and guests is our primary concern.
RUCCL requires that attendees be fully* vaccinated or provide proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the start of the event. The negative test results must then be presented upon check-in to the conference.
The online application will require you to either upload a photo of your vaccination card or select the PCR test option.
The Conference Center at Mercer follows NJ State masking mandates, but RUCCL may require a mask for October 22 regardless. We will notify attendees, but please bring a mask with you just in case.
Those who do not follow RUCCL’s COVID policy will be asked to leave the premises. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
Despite precautions taken, an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 exists in any place people gather. By agreeing to attend this conference all attendees hereby waive any claims against RUCCL, The One-on-One-Plus Conference, The Conference Center at Mercer, and their respective employees, agents, representatives, principals and event participants for any issue relating to or arising from exposure to or contraction of Covid-19.
* A person is considered fully vaccinated greater than or equal to 2 weeks after completion of a two-dose mRNA series (Pfizer, Moderna) or single dose of Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) vaccine.
During our forty-five year history, we have been fortunate to have many editors, agents, and art directors volunteer their time to work one-on-one with the aspiring writers and artists who attend our annual conference. What makes this conference unique are the one-on-one ratio of mentor to mentee and the small intimate nature of the program, designed for professional networking and informal schmoozing. We are grateful to our publishing industry mentors for their continued support of One-on-One Plus.
We also greatly appreciate the many talented authors and illustrators who have participated as mentors over the years. Recently, the number of volunteers has exceeded the mentor slots available. In order to provide the most rewarding experience for our applicants, we have established a list of requirements for mentor eligibility.
If you are interested in being a mentor at One-on-One, please read the list below. If you believe you qualify, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your background information and list of publications.
Procedures for selecting authors and illustrator mentors
We look for authors and illustrators:
with a minimum of three children's or young adult books that have been published by an established publisher recognized by the Children's Book Council (CBC)
whose most recent book has been published within the past five years
who have professional experience critiquing manuscripts (either as a member of a writers group, as a writing instructor, or as a former or current editor)
who are knowledgeable about current trends in children's book publishing and able to answer questions their mentees might have regarding the profession.
Depending on various factors, the Council may be required to make occasional exceptions to these guidelines.
NOTE: The number of mentor volunteers varies from year to year. Available slots are limited.