Thursday, February 2, 2012

Current Scratch: ALA Youth Media Awards, Agent Info, Popular Agencies

Howdy, folks! Yay for the glorious rain. I hope that's got you holed up writing and illustrating!
Our Schmooze this month will fall on 2-29-12 at 10 a.m at the College Station Barnes and Noble.  The topic is effective critiquing.
Also locally, sign up now! Free workshop on "Boy Books" March 24 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Andy Sherrod will be our workshop leader on March 24 for our SCBWI Saturday on "What Makes a Good 'Boy Book' and Why Should We Care?" Join us from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Arts Center, 2275 Dartmouth, College Station, Texas. Bring your own lunch.

The event is free, but seating is limited, so we do need to know how many people plan to come. Please contact me at to sign up.

We have an Annual Poetry Contest for local 6th, 7th, and 8th Graders.  If you have contact information of someone who is interested in participating in this yearly event, please email me.

Also note the upcoming Austin SCBWI Conference in February and the upcoming Houston SCBWI Conference  in March.
If you want to join a critique group use our handy form to your left on the screen.  
Finally, noteworthy, Molly Blaisdell is finalist in a nationwide publishing Facebook contest with a New York digital publisher MeeGenius!.  Winning brings a publishing contract,  an e-library of books for Sul Ross Elementary in Bryan, and a $1500 cash prize.   Please give her e-picture book THE BIG FUZZY COAT a look, and if you like, give it a vote.  Feel free to pass this on to whomever you wish.  Here is the link:
ALA Youth Media Awards
Agent Resources
Are you looking for an agent? Here are some helpful resources to guide you on your journey. 
The Association of Author Representatives  --  a professional organization of literary agents with a canon of ethics that all member adhere to. You might want to read that canon of ethics on the site.  Familiarizing yourself with agent ethics is a smart move.
Popular Agent Databases.
QueryTracker  - Agent Database
 AgentQuery  - Agent Database
Popular Blogs and Websites:
 Chuck Sambuchino’s Guide to Literary Agents Blog – great resource especially for current report of new agents.
Casey L. McCormick – Literary Rambles, an excellent agent resource for children’s authors. Many, many, helpful interviews from various children’s book agents – all genres are represented. – informative blog with agent news.  offers numerous interviews with agents. Especially if you want to know about literary agents and digital publishing. This blog is a great place to connect with agents.
To get you started, check out these worthy agencies
Here are some well known Literary Agencies that represent children’s books.  Just a starting place, folks. There are way more agencies out there.
Erin Murphy Literary Agency                      
The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

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