Florida SCBWI Conference Highlights

What a huge success!

I was honored to co-teach with SCBWI Founder and President, Steve Mooser. We shared on Self-Publishing Best Practices including tips on marketing, school visits, incorporating technology, and letting the market determine your next project.

teaching with Steve
Teaching with Steve Mooser (photo courtesy Curtis Sponsler)

Our enthusiastic students had a fantastic time along with us. We answered their questions, asked them some of our own, and spent time discussing their various works in progress and how the new information from our class could help. It was pretty awesome.

Here’s what some of them had to say:

“Jaimie M. Engle and Steve Mooser gave an outstanding presentation at the Florida SCBWI conference. I wish every writer could have heard it!”

“Your presentation was one of the most powerful sessions I’ve attended at SCBWI. Thank you for your generous sharidophin hotelng of information.”

“You’ve opened my mind and energized me with the understanding that I am a brand… because for me it’s not about just being published.”

Thanks to our incredible students for making it the best day ever!

When I first arrived, my room at the fabulous Dolphin Hotel in Orlando was extremely warm. Bad AC. So they moved me to an incredible suite on the top floor, which made me feel like a teaching superstar!

my room1my room2

Pinch me…I must be dreaming!

with agents & editors
Carter Hasegawa, Alexandra Penfold, Me, & Marcia Wernick (photo courtesy of Curtis Sponsler)
hanging with Carter
Photo courtesy of Curtis Sponsler






The faculty dinner was awesome. I was able to spend time getting to know agents Marcia Wernick of Wernick & Pratt Agency, LLC, and Alexandra Penfold of Upstart Crow Literary, along with the coolest editor, Carter Hasegawa of Candlewick Press, who shares my affinity for The Goonies and Princess Bride.

feigning surprise
That’s me feigning surprise (photo courtesy of Curtis Sponsler)

The experience of sharing my struggles and victories as a self-published author with other authors is one I will never forget. Treating your writing career as a business venture is the most valuable truth any author can take hold of in today’s market. You are an entrepreneur with a product, not an artist with a work of art. That’s the nuts and bolts of self-publishing. Once you grasp the reality of your role as a small business owner, it changes everything. If this thought wets your whistle, click here and fill out the help form.

Overall, it was a magical event as only the world can feel when you’re on Disney property. I am humbled to have walked through the many doors that have opened for me. As a newly self-published author, I can’t believe the places I find myself and the people who surround me. I am truly blessed. I hope you enjoyed this recap. Until next time…

photo courtesy of Curtis Sponsler




Florida SCBWI Conference Highlights

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