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 !