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.