You’re at the Helm! The Business of Writing and Illustrating for Children

from the Children’s Literature Network:

Life sends surprises.

One day you’re celebrating the publication of your first book—or another book—and your friends are jumping up and down with congratulations.

The next day you wake up and realize that you’re now a self-employed person, a small business owner, an entrepreneur. Maybe those hats feel a little uncomfortable. Maybe they’re intriguing. Suddenly, you’re supposed to know about insurance, marketing, retirement funds, promotion, remainders, and making a living. Yikes!

Have we got a conference for you! Newly published or often published, comfortable with fame or not, you’ll think these are the best two days you’ve spent in recent memory. Learn, share, network, and leave feeling like the smart business owner you know you can be.

The 2006 Children’s Literature Network Conference will be You’re at the Helm! The Business of Writing and Illustrating for Children, featuring Kristine O’Connell George, Nikki Grimes, Arthur Levine, Stephen Roxburgh, Anita Silvey, and a host of enticing speakers. It’s scheduled for July 26-27 at the Medina Golf & Country Club in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Authors, illustrators, editors, marketing specialists, teachers and more share their wisdom with you.

Teachers and reading specialists are encouraged to audit these courses for CEUs to learn about the children’s publishing world.

Highlights include:

Creative tuition pricing for creative people (up to $100 off for enlisting non-CLN members)!

Grand prize drawing for a brand new Toshiba laptop!

Sign up before May 31st for the very best deal.

See more information.

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