Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Current Scratch: Schmooze, Publishing News, Interest, & Just For Fun

Howdy folks! Summer is officially here. Hope your works in progress are sizzling!


Our next Schmooze:

"What's Your Favorite Color? and Other Questions to Ask Your
Characters" is the topic for our Schmooze at 10 a.m. Wednesday, June
26, in the Barnes & Noble, 711 Texas Ave, College Station, TX.

Gentle peer critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring 5 copies of up to 5
double-spaced pages.


Good news, this report shows young readers still love the printed word.

21st Century Children's Nonfiction Con. Recap HERE.

New opportunities for writers bloom over at Bloomsbury Children's Books.


Wattpad, a way to build an audience.

Do you want to write a novel in 30 days or less? Join Camp NaNoWriMo by July 1st.

How would you like to be the author of a new novel set in Jim Henson's world of The Dark Crystal? Find out more HERE.

JUST FOR FUN (Since June's Schmooze is about getting to know your characters)

Character Worksheet
Another Character Worksheet

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

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Current Scratch: Publishing News, Social Media, and Book Events.

Howdy folks,  summer is ramping up and it is HOT! I hope that your works are on fire too.  This is a good time to hunker down in the air conditioning and move forward with your master works.

Our next Schmooze June 26, 2013

Our next Wednesday’s Schmooze is at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble. Our panel topic is: What's Your Favorite Color? and Other Questions to Ask Your Characters"  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.
The Ringer Library in College Station has two events for writers this Saturday June 15, 2012 if you have time.:
Brazos Writers offers Plotting Your Story with Mark Troy from 9:30 to 12:00.
Author Diane Kelly is offers a Horror Workshop from 2:00-4:00 a.m. . 
Check out more about these at this link.
Strong season ahead for children's publishers. Check out this article in PW.
New Children's Imprint Sci Fi and Fantasy by publisher Rebellion launched. Read about it here.
Follow the link for a new opportunity, Victoria Wells Arms leaves Bloomsbury to start a children's literary agency.  
Do you have a recently published book?   The SCBWI Book Launch Award is now open. It provides $2000 to help market your book: http://www.scbwi.org/Pages.aspx/Book-Launch-Award.
Swag.  This is the free stuff you offer with book at signings and events -- bookmarks, pins, buttons, magnets, cupcakes, cookies, posters, tattoos, seed packets...authors are creative folk. Here is a new idea: Digital Swag. Check out this article at GalleyCat.
The views expressed here are my own, and not necessarily those of the SCBWI.