Thursday, February 16, 2012

Current Scratch: Local Author Opportunities, Business Talk

Howdy, folks!  Another great week to create children's books! Yay for the rain!
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 are interested, on the online blog, fill out the form in the left sidebar.
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 found in the online sidebar on the left.
Check out our very own Sherry Garland's new book VOICES OF THE DUSTBOWL. Here is a link to the Pelican Publishing website to check it out.  Here is a peek at the cover:

Also consider voting for Molly Blaisdell's THE BIG FUZZY COAT, a finalist in the MeeGenius! Author Challenge, a contest on Facebook.  Vote for her book here:
Local Author Opportunites
On Friday, February 24th, the 6th grade GT classes at Brenham Middle School will host the 2012 Authors and Poets Luncheon at the Giddings Stone Mansion in Brenham, Texas.  It is a great experience for the students to meet local authors.  The event starts at 11:30 with a luncheon catered by the parents and then a brief talk by each author (5-10 minutes) on what they are working on/their writing process/inspiration, etc.  The event wraps up around 2:00.  Come out and enjoy a day in Washington County! Please contact April Albrecht if you are able to attend.
Also, Giddings Public Library & Cultural Center and the Giddings Area Chamber of Commerce invite all published Texas authors to submit a book for consideration in their upcoming 7th Annual Texas Word Wranglers Festival on Friday, September 14, 2012.  For more information: contact Minnie Simmang by email at> or  
Business Talk
You might be wondering how does Amazon fit into the new publishing paradigm. It's reported that Barnes and Noble and Books-a-Million refuse to shelve the Amazon books. Yep, there some tussling going on out there. Here are some thoughts over at the Behler blog.  
Here's another article over at PW: How to Navigate a Changing Business? Children's Agents Shed Some Light 
The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

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