Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Current Scratch: Publishing News, Interest, and Just For Fun!

Hi folks! I hope April's showers sprinkled new life into your projects! May they bloom!

Our next Schmooze April 24, 2013

Linnea Heaney will speak about Writing Lyrical at Wednesday’s Schmooze at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble. Her poetry has appeared in regional anthologies and in the new publication for very young children, Highlights Hello (upcoming titles: Bouncy, Filling Up). A Real Best Friend, a lyrical picture book story for children, was published at Hunger Mountain: the Vermont College of Fine Arts journal. Before the meeting, a brief critique time begins at 9:30 a.m. Writers may bring up to 5 double-spaced pages of their work-in-progress to share.

Also Mark Your Calendars

Children's Literature Book Club
Date: May 30th
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Place: The Arts Center

Book to be discussed: The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks

To find out more about the book club follow this link:


Changes and Trends in Children's and YA Publishing: An ABPA Panel


Interesting article about the 10 Best Small Towns in Books. Check out those Texas towns!

Farewell to award-winning children's author, E.L. Konigsburg. R.I.P. See article here.


Illustrator Adam Rex shows us how he makes a picture book.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Current Scratch:Shout Out!, Publishing News, Interest.

Hi folks, I hope that you have a chance to get out and see the wildflowers. The Brazos Valley is blooming and hope that your projects are doing the same.

Mark your calendars. Our next Schmooze will fall on 3-27-13 at the College Station Barnes and Noble. Bring copies (up to 5) for gentle critique at 9:30 a.m. Our Schmooze program begins at 10 a.m. This month: Writing Lyrical.

Also mark your calendar. It's national poetry month, and our local region of SCBWI promotes poetry in the our town every year by holding a contest for 6th through 8th graders in the Brazos Valley. Consider attending the award ceremony. Want to know more? Please email our regional advisor, Liz Mertz.

Young Poets on the Brazos poetry reading and award ceremony
Date: April 16, 2013
Time: 7 p.m.
Place: A&M United Methodist Church, 417 University, College Station

We have a local children's book club. Check it out.

Children's Literature Book Club
Date:  April 25th and May 30th
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: The ArtsCenter

Books to be discussed:

April: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg by Rodman Philbrick

May: The Moves Make the Man by Bruce Brooks
Please learn more by following this link: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ChildLitbookclub/
Kathi Appelt has a new book on the horizon: THE TRUE BLUE SCOUTS OF SUGAR MAN SWAMP.  Out in July from Simon and Schuster. Read about it here: .http://books.simonandschuster.com/True-Blue-Scouts-of-Sugar-Man-Swamp/Kathi-Appelt/9781442366138.
Sherry Garland's first picture book THE LOTUS SEED just had a birthday! It's 20 years old and in its 14th printing.  Check it out here.

Amazon has acquired the book lovers social networking site: Goodreads. Read about it here.

Here's a new imprint from Enslow. They are accepting submissions. This is all about boy books. Here is a link to Speeding Star.


This article at GalleyCat might be of some interest to those who wish to self publish. This article offers links to many self publishing video tutorials on the web. Enjoy here.

The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.