Thursday, May 29, 2014

Current Scratch: Join Us, Industry News, Resources, Check it out, & For Fun

Forgive me, folks! I've been so caught up in my own projects, I almost forgot to scratch this month! The fourth Tuesday, which is my day to post, came and went while I was submerged in Revision City. But have no fear, here's your dose of scratch. Hope all of your projects are groovin' right along.

May 28th: We had the honor of having Debbie Leland, Indie picture book author extraordinaire, share her experiences of publishing picture books in the Indie world. Let me say, this woman is talented, steadfast, and successful! If you missed out, you can check out her website above.


June 25th for our next Schmooze at the Barnes & Noble in College Station. Details coming soon!


BEA 2014 It's happening right now! Even more exciting, if you scroll down towards the last part of the article, you'll find our very own Molly Blaisdell is in NYC with her fellow SWOON ROMANCE authors! On her blog, check out her list of ten ways to have fun at a trade show. Have a blast, Molly, and pass out that swag!


PEN Center USA looks for emerging voices. Deadline: August 11, 2014.


2014 Winners of the SCBWI Student Illustrator Scholarship.


SCBWI Blueboard Forums


2014 43rd Annual SCBWI Summer Conference


Want to join a Typewriter Rodeo? Member Jenifer Webb passed on this article from the Austin American Statesman. You can also check out the Typewriter Rodeo Facebook page, too!

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

Monday, May 12, 2014

Current Scratch: Join Us, Local, Evolution, Poetry

Rain is falling! Yay! I love the sound of rain. I hope your projects are humming out there. Keep working. Everyone succeeds who doesn't give up.


Schmooze: Successful Indie Publishing–A Veteran’s Story with local Indie star Debbie Leland, 10 a.m. April 30, Barnes & Noble, College Station, TX. Debbie Leland will offer her experience as an indie author with tips to help you on your journey. Join us at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the College Station Barnes & Noble for the slam. Also come early for gentle critique at 9:30 a.m. and/or stay around as the discussion continues over lunch. Join us!

Debbie will have some books for sale, the newest one is THE FOOTBALL MAN. Check out her website for more information about her and her books at Debbie

Webinar: Characters Who Walk Off the Page and Into Your Heart--You Can Create One with Darcy Pattison

Author Visit from J.A. White.

Author of The Thickety. A dark, forbidden forest. Vicious beasts. Deadly plants. An evil spellbook. Secrets. Mysteries. A Forest Demon. Witches both fair and foul.

SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014, 5:00 PM
APPEARS AT: B&N #2875/College Station, 711 Texas AVE College Station, TX 77840


The way kids read books is changing. Here is a thoughtful article from PW. 


We had our first ever Poetry Slam in April. It was tons of fun and a nice segue into summer. Here is one of the poems:

by Angela Turner

Sumner is fun, or so you would think. 
And in most places you would be right. 
But in Texas . . . 
In Texas you sweat from morning 'til night
And drink water all day if you know what's right. 
Go to a party, icing melts off the cake,
Hop in a car, your legs start to bake. 
With all the heat, the bluebonnets droop, 
Swim in the Brazos River, it feels like soup. 
Sno Cone? Yay! But it melts down your arm.
A picnic outside has lost all its charm. 
When out in the sun, a hat is a must,
A fan you say?  Not with the dust. 
But even in Texas there is one thing you will find
To bring some relief to your sun scorched mind. 
So walk on inside, its waiting right there--
AIR CONDITIONING! Answer to a Texan's prayer. 

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