I don’t know whether the last week of August affects you the way it does me. I get excited in anticipation of the annual September buzz, the kind of buzz I should really be feeling on New Year’s Day but often don’t. That’s because years of schooling conditioned me to feel like September is the real new year.

This is the week I start looking at autumn jackets and new pens and most importantly, I think about my creative goals for the coming (academic) year. What do I want to accomplish before the winter holidays? What would I like to have completed before next year’s summer break?

I don’t think I’m the only person who makes resolutions in September. You may have one or two in your head right now. Since you’re reading my blog, your resolutions might have something to do with writing and/or illustrating books for children and young people. You might be wondering where you can get some advice about how to work in this corner of the publishing industry.

This is a very long-winded way of telling you that, if you can get to London, the Association of Illustrators is hosting an excellent afternoon event all about this topic with Fig Taylor on Friday, September 4, 2015. If your September resolution is to get your children’s book portfolio in good shape, Fig can give you great advice. When I first came to the UK and joined the AoI, she gave me a very helpful portfolio review.

Here’s the link for more info – and good luck with your September dreams!