CANSCAIP
Canadian Society of Children’s Authors, Illustrators and Performers<br>La société canadienne des auteurs, illustrateurs et artistes pour enfants
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NOTES from October meeting with SPEAKER Carey Sookocheff

Monday, November 19, 2018 7:03 PM | Helena Aalto (Administrator)

Thanks to Loretta Garbutt for making these notes at our October 2018 meeting, and at all our monthly meetings. 

NOTES from October 10, 2018 with SPEAKER Carey Sookocheff – Illustrator/author

President Sharon Jennings welcomed us all, and reminded us that we are run by volunteers and thanked those in the room tonight: Holly Main, Michele Nidenoff, Cathy Rondina, Theo Heras, Thereza Dos Santos, Patricia Storms, Jillian Dobson, Loretta Garbutt, and Jennifer Maruno. CANSCAIP has one part-time staff person: Administrative Director Helena Aalto.

Also, a thank you to Starbucks for the coffee.

Speaking of Starbucks, Jennifer Maruno let us know that we need a volunteer  interested in the role of ‘host’ - someone who attends meetings on a regular basis who would be a greeter, make reservations at the Pickle Barrel, coordinate the refreshment plan, and help set up the room for the meetings. The role of host can be shared. Contact Jennifer.

GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Michelle Nidenhoff

The fabulous illustrator art show in Richmond Hill (that Jillian Dobson organized) is over, and it was a tremendous success. An exhibit of 15 works from this art show were randomly selected to be displayed at our Packaging Your Imagination conference on Saturday, November 10.

NEW CREATIONS:

Ruth Ohi

Fox and Squirrel Help Out, picture book from Scholastic Canada, 2018.
When a baby bat drops from out of the sky, Fox is immediately taken with little Squeak. Squirrel is less sure. Can Fox and Squirrel come together to figure out what Squeak needs?

Melanie Fishbane                                                                                                                                   Maud, YA/Historical Fiction, Penguin Random House Canada,  2018 release in paperback

Maud was nominated for a Vine Award for the Best in Canadian Jewish Literature. It is the fictionalized story of L.M. Montgomery as a teenager, and her quest for education and to be a writer at a time where women were not encouraged to do so.

Lena Coakley

Wicked Nix- illustrated by Jaime Zollars, Publisher: HarperCollins Canada – Middle Grade 8-12. Mischievous woodland fairy, Nix, must protect the forest from its most dangerous enemies—peoples. But peoples are tricky creatures, and in the fairy forest, nothing is what it seems.

Linda Bailey  

Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein - picture-book biography with Tundra Books, illustrated by Julia Sarda.  

A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels and one of the first works of science fiction.A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

A riveting and atmospheric picture book about the young woman who wrote one of the greatest horror novels ever written and one of the first works of science fiction, Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein is an exploration of the process of artistic inspiration that will galvanize readers and writers of all ages.

Jocelyn Shipley

She has just launched Wildfire, in the Orca Currents series, Impossible in the Orca Soundings series, and Raw Talent in the Orca Limelights series.


SPEAKER

Patricia Storms introduced our speaker.

Carey Sookocheff was born in Ottawa and grew up in in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. After studying illustration at Toronto’s OCAD (which didn’t teach children’s illustration), she worked for a number of years as an editorial illustrator, making images for the New York Times, Wall Street JournalReal Simple, and lots of other newspapers and magazines.

In 2003 she landed a job with Chronicle Books and worked on a journal for kids going off to camp. This lovely project, as well as having children, rekindled her dream of creating/illustrating for children. Carey began by doing research; what is happening in publishing, who is working in publishing, who did she want to work with? Carey visited libraries, bookstores and covered online research. She asked herself questions: ‘How do I want to present myself and how will I get an editor or an art director’s attention’?

Carey thought of the possible industry connections she knew from her past, so she wrote a manuscript and sent it to Michael Solomon at Groundwood, who had visited her OCAD class.

This little step of getting someone she knew to look at her manuscript landed her the illustrator assignment for Buddy and Earl.

Carey tried making connections using other creative methods and sent out a promo ‘card’, that was really a small book, which she sent to 250 publishers/art directors, from her personal list of people she really wanted to work with. All of this research and planning helped her achieve her goals and can help us as well. She has nine books now, including The Buddy and Earl Series, What Happens Next, Wet, and Solutions for Cold Feet.

Carey lives in Toronto with her husband, their two kids and their dog Rosie.


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