Some snippets from our panel:
Lauren MacLeod: (in reference to children's books)
I love it. Books are very important to me. I always loved it. I am never going to not be here.
Jennifer Rofe: I didn't know where to go until I met my boss, Andrea Brown...I love it and I don't want to leave.
Jennifer Rofe: Holiday books...have a limited timeframe for how long they can be on the shelf. Established characters are often used for holiday titles. I would be careful with holiday books. They are trickier than you think.
Kelly Delaney: If you have a scary book rather than a Halloween book then you have a better chance. I like the dark Lemony Snicket stuff - kids are scared of all kinds of things, and so focusing on that instead of Halloween I think it can work.
Rosemary Stimola: It depends on the age of the target audience...developmentally speaking, how scary is appropriate for that age group?
Rosemary Stimola: [in reference to art notes in picture books] In order for an illustrator to have a vision, you can have some notes, but you should not be telling an artist how to visualize and create their art. If not needed, then nothing should be said.
Kelly Delaney: It's okay to include [art notes] if it is necessary to tell the story.
Lucy Cummins: Don't be married to them [art notes]. Someone else might have a better idea.
Lucy Cummins: I want every illustrator to have a dummy. If I have worked with you on a project I will be wondering if you have a dummy.
Daniel Nayeri: [in reference to traditional publishers picking up self-published books] When we're hearing about it on NPR...you are a small business. At what point will your small business be bought by a larger business?
Lauren MacLeod: As you think you are going to self-publish as a way in, for everyone in this room that is probably an imaginary dream. It is not a secret way in. Don't do that...if you want to self-publish and that's something you want to do, great. If you want to do it as a back way into traditional publishing, don't.