Yes, I’m going. The 2013 SCBWI Summer Conference is on! This will be my 3rd conference. My first was in 2008. Back then I had cancer. Following the conference I went through 7 operations (3 of them life-threatening) and multiple chemo and radiation therapies. In 2010 I met Dr. Lenz at USC Norris and he changed my life. The cancer removed (along with half of my gut). Chemo and operations every year… this is the first year since 2005 I have not had an operation! And I’m 3 years cancer-free! So it’s time for a new start.
I went to the SCBWI Summer Conference last year and learned a lot and was once again inspired. Since then I have decided that if I wait until I think I’m ready I’ll never be ready. So I made motions to start working. I have done a couple of jobs that I will talk about when it’s published but my real goal is children’s books. I’m ready for this conference and I will be working to achieve my goals when I get back (as I am now). I’ll paraphrase the highlights of what I learn here and then get down to business. It won’t be too long before you see a picture book with the words “by Mike R. Baker” on it.