San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
In this workshop, Holman Wang will share his hard-won experiences breaking into the publishing world as an author and illustrator. From his short-lived non-fiction writing career (as author of the coffee table book Bathroom Stuff) to his more enduring work as a children’s book maker (as co-creator of the popular board book series Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns), Holman has seen both publishing failure and success. He will share his insights on creating book proposals, pitching publishers, finding an agent (or not!), marketing books, managing intellectual property issues, and managing career change. Workshop participants will also get a behind-the-scenes look at how Star Wars Epic Yarns was made. As a former teacher and lawyer, Holman knows the pros and cons of a corporate career—and a creative one. He’ll give you the unvarnished truth on what it takes to break into publishing, what it will take to stay there, and whether it’s all worth it.
Holman Wang grew up in Vancouver, BC, where he still lives with his wife and two children, ages five and four. He is a former teacher and lawyer who now creates children's books full-time. He and his twin brother Jack are the authors and illustrators of the board books series Cozy Classics and Star Wars Epic Yarns, which abridge well-loved literary and cinematic classics in just 12 words and 12 needle-felted illustrations. Their work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, People, The Globe and Mail, Canadian Family and Ricepaper. Holman and Jack created the Google Doogle in honour of Laura Ingalls Wilder's 148th birthday on February 7, 2015. Holman has given presentations about their unique illustration process at SXSW, Google, Lucasfilm Letterman Campus, and Maker Faire.
When & Where
Organized by the Asian Canadian Writers' Workshop (ACWW).