Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Weekly Scratch -- News, Deals, Opportunites

Lots of stuff to report on this week.  

First check your calendars. We have a SCHMOOZE tomorrow at the College Station Barnes and Noble. Check the calender on your left for more information about our monthly meeting for SCBWI Brazos Valley.

You might want to check out this round table discussion about writing for children with your Regional Advisor Liz Mertz, your Assistant Regional Advisor Jacqueline  Gramann and your Scratchpad editor Molly Blaisdell on OUR VOICES, OURSELVES.

Our parent organization SCBWI has several new board members! Congratulations to Emma Dryden, Chris Cheng, Bonnie Bader, and Melissa Stewart.  

New Agent Opportunites

New agency from veteran agents Wernick & Pratt,  PUBLISHERS WEEKLY reports that Marcia Wernick and Linda Pratt have left the Sheldon Fogelman Agency to start their own firm, Wernick & Pratt.

New agency from International SCBWI veteran, writer, literary scout, editorial consultant Erzsi Deak. Check out the website for more info:  Hen & Ink Literary Studio .
Recent Childern's Deals

To give you an idea of what is selling in the children's market. Here are some tidbits from PW's Deals.

Warner Brothers has optioned  Veronica Rossi's debut, a dystopian YA romance trilogy called Under the Never Sky, sold to HarperCollins in September 2010 in a major deal.

Bestselling picture book author Eric Carle will publish his first new picture book in more than four years in October. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse.

A story of two self-published picture book authors who found their into mainstream publishing houses.

In E-BOOK News

The Apple iPad has over taken the Kindle. Read about this growing print industry in PW.

A Few More Days

You have till the end of January to enter the Highlights Fiction Contest. Follow the link for more info.

"90-Second Newbery" Video Contest

Announcing the "90-Second Newbery" Video Contest! The challenge: make a video that compresses the story of a Newbery award-winning book into 90 seconds or less. Anyone can enter. Here is the first video: Madeleine L'Engle's 1963 Newbery winner, "A Wrinkle in Time"! A star-studded 90-Second Newbery Film Festival is planned in the fall at the New York Public Library in Fall of 2011.
For more details, go to 90secondnewbery.com !

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Weekly Scratch: Book Club, Judy Blume Fans, WIP SCBWI, What's hot in YA...

Hi Folks! 

Here is some news from the Brazos Valley's own Children's Literature Book Club...

Howdy CLBC,

The first CLBC meeting of 2011 is important as we will select the next few books to read for discussion. The January meeting will be led by Debra Booth, a SCBWI member. The book is The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton. I have read the book and it is an "easy read" if you have not read it, yet. Please urge anyone you know who enjoys literature for the young-at-heart to come and visit the book club on the 27th of this month.
The Children's Literature Book Club will meet for book discussion at the Arts Council of Brazos Valley, 2275 Dartmouth Street in College Station, from 4:30 PM to 6 PM, on the last Thursday of the month.
Spread the word to join the yahoo group for book club reminders:
Jacqueline Gramann, ARA SCBWI Brazos Valley

Are you feeling like a winner?   Is your YA novel awesome?  Perhaps you should try this contest...

"Amazon.com, along with Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace, is pleased to announce the fourth annual Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, the international competition seeking the next popular novel.

The competion features an award for Young Adult Fiction. The winner will receive a publishing contract with Penguin, which
includes a $15,000 advance." Read the detailed terms/conditions at the site.

Deadline: January 24-February 6, 2011

Details: You must register at  www.CreateSpace.com/abna to enter the Contest.

As always, we pass this stuff along for informational purposes only. Do your own research.

Want to know what is hot in YA?  Give this article in PW about Today's YA Market a read: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/childrens/childrens-book-news/article/45333-today-s-ya-scene-.html?page=1.    

Remember that SCBWI grant season is gearing up. Follow this link for more info:   http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/WIP-Grant(1).

Are you a Judy Blume fan?  This fandom contest might be for you...http://www.judyblumecontest.com/.

Are you searching for an agent?  Aspiring author Casey L. McCormick offers a great website to help you on that journey: http://caseylmccormick.blogspot.com/search/label/Agent%20Spotlight

Hope something here helps you on your journey!

Monday, January 10, 2011

Weekly Scratch: Newbery, Caldecott, and sifting through the news

Hi folks, this is big time award season and here are the some of this year's big winners at ALA this year follow:  

2011 Newbery Medal winner is Moon over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, published by Delacorte Press, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, published by Random House Children's Books, a div. of Random House, Inc.

Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, published by Amulet Books, an imprint of Abrams.

Dark Emperor and Other Poems of the Night by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Rick Allen, published by Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia, published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers.

Caldecott Medal A Sick Day for Amos McGee illustrated by Erin E. Stead, written by Philip C. Stead, a Neal Porter Book, published by Roaring Brook Press, a division of Holtzbrinck Publishing

Caldecott Honor Books

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave  illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill, published by Little, Brown and Company, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

Interrupting Chicken  illustrated and written by David Ezra Stein, published by Candlewick Press
The rest of the awards are listed here.

The rest of the awards are listed here. 

Here are SLJ blogging librarian Elizabeth Bird's thoughts on the award winners.  She's always entertaining.

Here is some inspiration to keep revising.:) From Darcy Pattison: "2013 Newbery Awards".

There are sooo many books listed here, pick the ones the interest you and give them a look.  :) 

See you next week with more scratch. :)

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Weekly Scratch-- Children's publishing opportunities, inspiring stories, news from the digital war front

I hope everyone had a lovely winter break. It's time to boot up the BV SCBWI scratchpad.  Here are some bits and pieces to help you on your journey.  

First up, on last Christmas bell to ring, an inspiring story for authors and also the story of Publisher Weekly's number one children's picture book in December -- Elf on the Shelf  by Carol Aebersole-- a great tale to encourage you to think outside of the box and believe in your dreams.  

Milkweed, a nonprofit literary press, publishing between fifteen and twenty books a year,  is open for submissions from January to March. If you have a middle grade or YA novel read to got, this might be a good place to send. 

Have you ever been embarrassed?  Write a story about it and get your entry in by January 31st. The Highlights for Children Fiction Contest is open for submissions.

Do you tweet?  The Johnson Lit agency is taking pitches on their twitter page on JAN. 6.  Click here for more info.

Hmm, the Kindle. Here is an article about how the Kindle is flipping the publishing industry upside down.   You might pay close attention to the reported royalty rates.   More on the publishing war (it kind of feels like a war): Publisher Wins Fight With Amazon Over E-Books.

Editorial Anonymous, a jazzy blog by a children's book editor,  is back posting after a break from July to December. You might want to check out this informative blog.

Check out Cynsational Books of 2010. I like this list, it's eclectic and features some books that I don't think are getting near enough love on the "best of" lists this year.  So many books to read, so little time.  

And last, some good news, Skyhorse Publishing will launch a new children's imprint, Sky Pony Press, in the fall of 2011.  Read about it here.

Check the calender for upcoming events!  I will be back next week with the weekly scratch.