Bright Agent Alli Brydon Teams Up with SCBWI

For nearly 40 years, the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI for short) has been providing unwavering support for its 25,000 members. Our Bright Agents fully support the wonderful efforts of SCBWI chapters all around the world — we’ve served as faculty at SCBWI conferences, participated in Q&As and portfolio reviews, and proved to be valuable resources to illustrators along every step of their careers through this organization and beyond.

The Illinois chapter of SCBWI invited our Managing Agent Alli Brydon to participate in a Twitter chat to shed light on the ins and outs of kids book publishing. With over 10 years of experience, Alli has a broad range of insights to share with this fabulous network of creatives, from editorial development to sales knowledge. Alli teamed up with Claire Easton from Painted Words to share professional advice. Here are some of the highlights:

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Fiona Woodcock, from Hiding Heidi

Alli searches far and wide for fabulous illustrators she can develop into superstars, seeking inspiration everywhere and leaving no artistic stone unturned:

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Emily Rand‘s piece for London’s National Portrait Gallery brochure

Alli emphasized the importance for illustrators to keep portfolios fresh and present on platforms that will allow them to be found by agents and fans; while illustrators often submit their work to us, never forget that Bright agents are always on the lookout for great talent, too. In the open Q&A, Alli offered some great advice on using social media platforms to get inspired and get yourself out there. Alli hunts on Twitter, Instagram, Women Who Draw, and other illustration sites for new artists to take on.

And when Alli was asked what kind of illustration work Bright represents, she couldn’t help but shout about all the expert divisions of the agency:

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If you missed the fun of the Twitter chat, catch up with the hashtag #ILChat!

Bright Agent James Burns will be at the annual Eastern PA SCBWI Illustrator Day in Philadelphia on Saturday, September 9th, presenting with Random House Art Director Sarah Hokanson and illustrator Jonathan Bean. There, James will also be offering portfolio reviews for budding illustrators. Don’t miss out!

Specifically for children and young adult professionals, SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between writers, illustrators, publishers, and a whole host of industry professionals pursuing a career in children’s literature.  Joining your local SCBWI chapter is a fantastic way for authors/illustrators to create a network of like-minded professionals who support each other.


Interested in joining SCBWI? Register here!

Bright agents will be popping up at future SCBWI events, so if you happen to see us at one, please say hi!
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