Meet the faculty of the 2018 Austin SCBWI Writers & Illustrators Working Conference. We’ve asked all our faculty members to answer 4 quick questions so we can get to know them better.
Alvina Ling, VP, Editor-in-Chief, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Alvina Ling is VP and Editor-in-Chief at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers where she’s worked since 1999. She edits children’s books for all ages, from picture books to young adult, and has worked with such authors and illustrators as Peter Brown, Bryan Collier, Ed Young, Grace Lin, Wendy Mass, Justina Chen, Chris Colfer, Laini Taylor, Libba Bray, Barry Lyga, Holly Black, Sherman Alexie, and Matthew Quick. She is the co-founder and former chair of the CBC Diversity Committee. She is on Twitter as @planetalvina and lives in Brooklyn.
What attracted you to children’s books?
My parents instilled in me a love of reading that has lasted my whole life!
What’s the best part of your job?
The people! The authors and illustrators and agents, my colleagues, librarians, teachers, booksellers, etc. Book lovers rock!
What’s the most challenging part of your job?
The most challenging part of my job is how much I have to say “no”.
What’s the best piece of advice you were given that helped drive your career?
“Follow your compass, not your clock.”
Come see Alvina at the 2018 Austin SCBWI conference, April 28-29, 2018