Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Latest Scratch: Join us, Brazos Valley Blooms Updates, Industry News

Hello, hello...

It's 2017, y'all! Time to kick things into gear with preparations for our March conference and much more.

Join Us

Our next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble. We will kick off the new year by talking about "Defining Goals."  We'll also discuss news and provide encouragement. Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring copies of 5 double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Those who have time may go to lunch at a local restaurant. Members and friends welcome. 

Brazos Valley Blooms Updates 

First and foremost, the website for our March 4th conference is: https://brazosvalley.scbwi.org/events/regional-conference/ Please share this link with anyone looking for more information on the conference and registration. 

 Help Spread the Word

 We have a poster! Help as many people see it as possible by sharing it via email and social media and posting/distributing printed copies at your local libraries, coffee shops, schools and universities. Download and share the image file below or email brazosvalley@scbwi.org for a PDF and printouts.

Critique deadlines

The submission deadline is Jan. 21 for critiques at our March 4 conference. Critiques with Karen Boss have sold out but there are still slots available with Soloway and Cooner.  Register today!

Volunteers Needed

We are still in need of volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering contact Liz Mertz at brazosvalley@scbwi.org. Task we could use help with include:
  • Gather door prizes and silent auction items
  • Stand watch over the illustrators portfolio showcase (during the conference)
  • Make name tags
  • Assemble gift bags
  • Prepare baked goods/snacks for the conference
  •  Stuff folders 
  • Greeters at the conference
  •  Drivers for faculty (or  you can donate fund for a shuttle ride)

Donations Needed

We will be putting together welcome gift bags for our five speakers before the conference. Donating the following items is the easiest way to help us out:
  •  Tissue packets 
  • Mini hand sanitizer 
  • Chapstick
  • Granola bars
  • Waters
  • Savory snack (cheese & crackers, nuts, etc) 

 Other Industry News

  • Julia Churchill, who heads up the children's division at A.M. Heath, is looking for new talent among children's and YA authors. More info at: http://amheath.com/childrens
  • Storey Publishing, based in the Berkshires of Massachusetts, is looking to grow their children's non-fiction book program with new titles that teach and inspire kids to explore, learn, cook, grow, and get creative. We publish books about nature, farming, animals, sustainability, self sufficiency, outdoor science, DIY, crafts, puzzles, games, and activities. We are looking for authors and author/illustrators or author/photographers with strong platforms and expertise and we are open to unique formats and interactivity. Submissions can be addressed to Deanna F. Cook, Storey Publishing. By e-mail: submissions@storey.com (We prefer email attachments as Word .doc files or PDFs).  Or, by mail: Storey Publishing LLC, 210 MASS MoCA Way, North Adams, Massachusetts 01247 (Enclose a self-addressed, stamped envelope if you would like your materials returned.)
    For full proposal guidelines, go to http://www.storey.com/proposal-guidelines/
  • Check out this December New York Times interview with authors Meg Medina and R.J. Palacio about diversity in children's books. 


           
 Disclaimer: The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Current Scratch: Join Us, (Mostly) Annual Conference, Local Events, 2016 Best Children's Books, Market Your Book

Join Us! 

Our next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble (if you'd like to see us before then come to the holiday party - see info in next section). Topic: Make 2017 Goals. We'll also discuss news and provide encouragement. Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring copies of 5 double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Those who have time may go to lunch at a local restaurant. Members and friends welcome.


Annual Conference

Brazos Valley Blooms -- SCBWI-BV 25th Annual Conference!

REGISTRATION BEGINS December 15, 2017.  You will want to jump in early for this one. Prepare for keynotes, manuscript consultations, portfolio showcase, box lunch, dinner(pay your own way)...

Date:  March 4, 2017
Time: 8 a.m. (registration) to 5 p.m.
Place: Covenant Presbyterian Church, 220 Rock Prairie Road, College Station, TX 77845

SPEAKERS


Kathi Appelt, award-winning author

Kathi's books have won numerous national and state awards, including the Irma and Simon Black Award, Children’s Choice Award, Teacher’s Choice Award, the Oppenheimer Gold Award, Parent’s Choice Award, Storytelling World Award, Growing Good Kids Award, Texas Writer’s League Award for Children’s Literature, the Texas Institute of Letters Award, Best Books for Young Adults, VOYA Top of the Shelf Award, and a host of others. Kathi is a founding member of SCBWI Brazos Valley

Her first novel, The Underneath, was a National Book Award Finalist and a Newbery Honor Book. It also received the Pen USA Award, and was a finalist for the Heart of Hawick Children’s Book Award.  www.kathiappelt.com




Associate Editor: Karen Boss, Charlesbridge Publishing

"Karen is an associate editor at Charlesbridge where she works on fiction and nonfiction picture books and middle-grade novels. She holds a MA in Children’s Literature from Simmons College and regularly acts as a mentor for their Writing for Children MFA program. Karen also has an MA in higher education administration and worked at colleges and in the nonprofit sector for the first 15 years of her career. She still works part-time in development at Hyde Square Task Force, a nonprofit that works with at-risk youth in Jamaica Plain. Some authors she’s currently working with are David L. Harrison, Jane Yolen, Nancy Bo Flood, Rich Michelson, and debut author Tami Charles. Her favorite children’s book is The Trumpet of the Swan by E. B. White, and she thinks that Holes by Louis Sachar is quite possibly the best thing ever written."

excerpt from www.highlights foundation.org. 
Hornbook Interview-podcast

Donna Cooner, award-winning author

Donna, a Texas native, is a three-time graduate of Texas A&M University. A former teacher and school administrator, she now teaches teachers and principals at Colorado State University where she is the director of the School of Teacher Education and Principal Preparation. She lives in Fort Collins, Colorado, with her two labs and a cat named Stu. She's a big fan of chocolate and laughing (not necessarily in that order).

Donna is the author of over twenty picture books and was a founding member of the Brazos Valley Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators. She has also written children's television shows for PBS and textbooks for future teachers. SKINNY was her debut novel for young adults, followed by CAN'T LOOK AWAY. www.donnacooner.com



E.B. Lewis, award winning-Artistrator




E.B. has illustrated over seventy books for children, including Nikki Grimes’ Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman, the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner; Alice Schertle’s Down the Road, an ALA Notable Book; Tolowa M. Mollel’s My Rows and Piles of Coins, an ALA Notable Book and a Coretta Scott King Honor Book; Bat Boy and His Violin by Garvin Curtis a Coretta Scott King Honor Book, and Jacqueline Woodson’s The Other Side, a 2002 Notable Book for the Language Arts.  www.eblewis.com



Associate Literary Agent: Jennifer March Soloway, Andrea Brown Agency

Jennifer works closely with Executive Agent Laura Rennert. She enjoys all genres and categories, such as laugh-out-loud picture books and middle-grade adventures, but her sweet spot is young adult.

Jennifer is a suspense junkie. She adores action-packed thrillers and mysteries, full of unexpected twists. Throw in a dash of romance, and she’s hooked! She’s a sucker for conspiracy plots where anyone might be a double agent, even the kid next door. She is a huge fan of psychological horror that blurs the lines between the real and the imagined. But as much as she loves a good thriller, she finds her favorite novels are literary stories about ordinary teens, especially those focused on family, relationships, sexuality, mental illness, or addiction. In such stories, she is particularly drawn to a close, confiding first-person narrative.



Nearby Lodging:

La Quinta Inn & Suites College Station South
1838 Graham Rd, College Station, TX 77845
Phone:(979) 704-6100

Sleep Inn & Suites
Address: 1846 Graham Rd, College Station, TX 77845
Phone:(800) 424-6423

Courtyard Bryan and College Station
3939 Texas 6 Frontage Rd, College Station, TX 77845
(979) 695-8111

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2016 Best Children's Books





Market Your Book

Manuscript Wish List   --  The official website. 




Hope you are ready for a fabulous new year!!!!


 Disclaimer: The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.





Thursday, December 1, 2016

Current Scratch: Join Us, Local Events and Brazos Valley Blooms Volunteering, The Snowy Day

Time to scratch that holiday itch! 'Tis the season for books about snow, celebrations and, if you're from around here, Christmas tamales...yum. Hope 2016 ends well for everyone. Great things are going to happen for SCBWI Brazos Valley in 2017! Read on...   


Join us

Our next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 25th at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble (if you'd like to see us before then come to the holiday party - see info in next section). Topic TBD. We'll also discuss news and provide encouragement. Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring copies of 5 double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Those who have time may go to lunch at a local restaurant. Members and friends welcome.



Local/Regional Events 

SCBWI Holiday Party! - Dec 6th
Please join us at the Olive Garden on Tuesday, December 6th at 7pm. Spouses are welcome. We'll play some games, catch up, and wish each other a new year full of brilliant ideas and the time to put them in print!
Please bring a wrapped book for the gift exchange and blankets and new and gently used books for children for our annual donation. Follow this link for more info about Books and a Blanket. Each participant pays for his or her own food and beverages.



Brazos Valley SCBWI Conference - March 4th
Yes, you read that correctly, we will be hosting a conference here in March! The conference name is "Brazos Valley Blooms: Celebrating Our First 25 Years Creating for Kids." Registration will open soon. See below for ways you can help us make it a great success. 

Brazos Valley Blooms Volunteering

Have you been searching for a new year's resolution? How about resolving to help with the upcoming SCBWI Brazos Valley regional conference? Signing up early for a volunteer task or position will help the organizers plan in advance and keep things running smoothly. 
We have volunteer opportunities for all types:

Introverts
  • Gather door prizes and silent auction items
  • Stand watch over the illustrators portfolio showcase (during the conference)
  • Make name tags
  • Assemble gift bags
  • Prepare baked goods/snacks for the conference
  •  Stuff folders
Extroverts
  • Greeters at the conference
  • Drivers for faculty (or  you can donate fund for a shuttle ride)
  • Bookstore liason
More money than free time? You can donate funds for
  • Airport shuttle for our speakers
  • Snacks/food, coffee & tea to server at conference
Minimalist with too many Christmas presents?
  • Consider regifting presents that were nice but just not your style to our silent auction
Don't live near B/CS?
  • Help spread the word about the conference in your town/community. Please sign up to put up flyers in your local bookstores, coffee shops, schools, etc and share the conference info throughout your social circle via email, social media, etc.
Stay tuned for more info!


The Snowy Day

This morning NPR aired a wonderful story on the story of the story behind the classic children's book "The Snowy Day." Sorry, I couldn't help myself. To clarify, the piece was about "A Poem for Peter," written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, which covers the life of Ezra Jack Keats and the creation of "The Snowy Day." Give it a listen here.

That's it for this month's Scratch. Happy holidays!

           
 Disclaimer: The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.