Friday, July 26, 2013

Current Scratch: Schmooze, Keep the Date, Publishing, Interest, & Just For Fun

Howdy folks! What're you doing to beat the heat? Hopefully y'all have pens to paper, fingers to keyboards, and / or brushes to canvas. It's the only way to go when the temperature's a risin'!


SCBWI: Need a break? Schmooze with us July 31

Taking the right kind of break from one’s work can make a difference in keeping creativity cranking. “Spend & Restore: Create & Rejuvenate” is Candy Fite’s topic for the Schmooze, Wednesday, July 31, at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble. Come join the discussion about balancing work and restorative activity and rest. Stay for lunch if you have the time.

Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring 5 copies of 5 double-spaced pages of a work in progress to share.


August 17th SCBWI Critiquenic in the Bryan / College Station area. At the event, we will break into groups by audience/genre with the aim of four in each group. Groups may stay at the cafe or choose to move to another venue nearby. Groups will critique from 10 to 12 and reconvene for lunch at the cafe. Candilynn shares: I attended a Critiquenic in Austin in June; it was highly effective & fun! Details for venue are in the works. Stay tuned!

Piney Woods Retreat

November 15-17, 2013 @ Lakeview Methodist Conference Center, Palestine, TX.  Join us for a working retreat in the pines of East Texas. Registration fee covers two nights and six meals:
SCBWI Members--$295 per person for single room; $245 per person for double occupancy
Non-members--$315 per person for single room; $265 per person for double occupancy
Stay tuned for more details.

Find out what books will bloom in spring 2014! Go here to get a sneak peek.

Baffled by snazzy literary terms? Think the term "Kill fee" is a secret advance in pay for mystery writers? Stay on top of literary talk here.

When it comes to he said / she said, do you get confused? Darcy Pattison shares the how-to on dialogue here.

Scholastic has a cool, literary tasty treat for us!

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

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Current Scratch: Schmooze, Agents, Self Published, Best Sellers, Fun

Hi, folks: During the summer, managing a writing a routine can be difficult. Schedules aren't as tight and the heat begs for lazy days. Yes, you might be procrastinating. After you try to fry an egg on the sidewalk and bake some brownies in your car, I hope create fab work!


Our next Schmooze at 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, 2013 at the Barnes & Noble, 711 Texas Ave, College Station, TX. Our program will be led by Candilynn Fite. Check out her blog for details about our program. :)

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

Summer read? The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt is out. Getting tons of **** ratings...


Overwhelmed by Twitter but want to know what tweeting agents are looking for,  check out this tumblr created to highlight #MSWL -- the literary agent manuscript wish list. Here is the link. 


Read the story of succesful indie author Tommy Cohorst. This might give you a little insight.


Wondering what took off last year in children's publishing. Check out this PW article.


Here is an encouraging little note from Libby Bray. It will cheer you up if you have writing muligrubs. Grab a juice box and head over.

Here is a fun link: Sock puppets tell the hero's journey.

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