This year, EVERYONE can attend the Rutgers Conference! There’s no application. No sample writing submission. No travel to New Jersey! Simply register and for $45, you’ll have access via Zoom to a full day of children’s literature panels, Q&As, and keynotes. This year, EVERYONE is welcome to attend the RUCCL Conference!
|9:00 AM||Welcome Speech – Tara Lazar, RUCCL Co-Chair|
|9:15 AM - 9:45 AM||Success Story Speaker – Sayantani DasGupta (author) plus a short film of previous success stories|
|10:00 AM - 11:00 AM||Creative Marketing and Promotion Panel – What Has Worked During the Pandemic|
|11:15 AM - 12:15 PM||Diversity Panel – Seeing All of Me: Writing Beyond Your Character's Marginalizations|
|12:15 PM - 12:45 PM||Lunch Break|
|12:45 PM - 1:45 PM||Kidlit Experts Panel – Everything You Wanted to Know About Kidlit But Were Afraid To Ask|
|2:00 PM - 3:00 PM||Agent Panel – Pleased to Offer Representation: An Agent’s Role in a Client’s Career|
|3:15 PM - 4:00 PM||Keynote Speech – Varian Johnson (author)|
|4:00 PM||Closing Remarks – Tara Lazar, RUCCL Co-Chair|
Because of the pandemic, many schools, libraries, and bookstores have shut down or resorted to reduced hours. As a result, publishers, authors, and illustrators have experimented with innovative marketing ideas and/or expanded earlier promotional efforts to connect their books with young readers. RUCCL has invited four distinguished panelists to share their thoughts on how they’ve reached out, especially during these challenging times. What has worked and what has not worked?
Watch this panel of incredibly talented authors engage in a candid conversation about diversity and what it means to develop characters beyond their marginalizations. With the publishing industry showing a renewed interest in diverse stories, it’s important to ensure that the characters on the page reflect the complex lives of the people they’re meant to represent.
Experts share the inside scoop about writing or illustrating books for children, from how to start to getting published to contracts—anything and everything. Covering picture books to YA, fiction and nonfiction.
An offer of representation is an exciting moment—both for the writer or illustrator, as well as for the agent. In this panel, four agents will talk about their agencies and discuss what they’re looking for in a client. They’ll also discuss how they see the agent’s role in a client’s long-term career.