I've seen Alice Pope for many years at the SCBWI National conferences. Last year I attended a fun and informative round-table discussion on marketing research that she chaired. For the past fifteen years Alice has been editor for Children's Writer's and Illustrator's Market. I am proud to say that I will have an article on blog tours and book promotion in the 2010 edition. Alice also writes a very hip kidlit blog, Alice's CWIM Blog.
When did the annual book Children’s Writer's and Illustrator's Market first come out?
My company began publishing CWIM in 1989. After publishing Writer’s Market since the 1920s, they began to focus on some niche markets and children’s publishing was one of them.
I didn’t start working at my company until 1991, so I wasn’t around for the birth of the book—that’s all I know about it.
I started working on the 1994 edition as production assistant, and eventually (after nagging my boss repeatedly) I took over as editor and I’ve been working on the book ever since.
What is the most valuable advice you can give to a newly published writer?
Network both in person and online. Attend conferences and local SCBWI meetings. Have a web presence—a site or a blog, or at the very least a MySpace page and a Facebook page—and make friends. Making connections will invigorate both your writing and your marketing efforts.
What is one of your favorite children’s books that you'd like to recommend?
Saw God by Rob Thomas is my very favorite book for young readers. I’ve
read it half a dozen times and loaned it out at double that. I think it
might be the perfect YA.
What are you working on now?
The 2010 edition of CWIM and the 2010 edition of NSSWM (Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market).
What is your favorite dessert and why?
Chocolate sorbet from The Chocolate Room (http://www.thechocolateroombrooklyn.com/) in Brooklyn because it’s cool, dark, smooth and rich and it blew my mind like no other chocolate dessert I’d ever had (plus it’s dairy free—I don’t do dairy).