Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Current Scratch: Join Us, Opportunities, Book Buzz, Craft Tip, & Agent Opportunity

Hello, SCBWI Brazos Valley & Friends! Maybe it's because it's a New Year. Maybe it's because the sun has shined its light on us for three days straight. But I feel fabulous things heading our way! Completed works. Requests. Contracts. Publishing deals. They're just around the corner.

Are you inspired yet? If not, maybe you should join us for our Schmooze tomorrow!


SCBWI BV Schmooze--Where do you look for inspiration to keep creating? Do you have a favorite quote, practice, or place that gets you going again when your creative well starts to run dry? Join us on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the College Station Barnes & Noble to talk about filling the well. Gentle critique begins at 9:30 a.m. Bring copies of 5 double-spaced pages of your work in progress. Those who have time stay for lunch at a local restaurant. Members and friends welcome!

Webinar Opportunity--Author and teacher Leslea Newman will teach The ABC’s of Poetry: Writing in Poetic Form for Children and Young Adults on Feb. 17, 7-8:30 p.m. Click the title link for details and registration. Member discounted registration is $10.


Preparations for the 2015 Texas Word Wrangler in Giddings is already in full swing. If you're a Texas author and/or illustrator and have published a book and would like to participate, contact Deidre Harry through the link provided.

Pockets Magazine seeks stories on role models for October issue.

We Need Diverse Books hosts a new Short Story Contest. Deadline May 8th.


Read about how a little press on the prairie races to keep up with sales. An amazing story! An annotated edition of the 1930's biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder PIONEER GIRL

 2015 Edgar Award Nominations for Children's and YA. *scroll down to see children's and YA on the list*

SCBWI Announces 2014 On the Verge Emerging Voices Award


Do you write YA? Check out the latest post over at SCBWI: The Blog about how understanding the adolescent psychology may help us write better YA fiction. Interesting information, folks.


Polish up those queries! Young Adult, Middle Grade, Picture Books, etc. Elena Giovinazzo at Pippin Properties is back from maternity leave and is accepting queries.

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

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Current Scratch: Join Us!, Regional Events, Contest, Resolutions, Publishing, For Fun

Howdy, folks!  Welcome to the New Year, SCBWI Brazos Valley! Sorry this is a day late. I spent yesterday celebrating my son's 17th birthday.

Time to get working!

I hope you have made solid New Year's resolutions. I have found that people with a plan find good success!  Send me a sentence goal for the New Year, and I will post it the sidebar!  It can be anonymous or not. Accountability always helps.


Next SCBWI Brazos Valley Schmooze: January 28, 2015 at 9 a.m. at the College Station, Barnes and Noble. Details still to come!


SCBWI Austin 2015 Writers and Illustrators' Working Conference. A two day conference with  over a dozen publishing professionals. Check it out on March 3/7-8/2015. 

SCBWI Houston 2015 Annual Conference. A two day conference with an included intensive.  Check it out 4/18-4/19/2015.


Highlights Fiction Contest.  This year's theme is mystery stories. The deadline is 1/31/2015.


Every writer should have dedicated office space. You could do this if you could find your manuscript. Here are some Pinterest Boards to help you organize your office: Organizing Tips and Tricks for Writers, Office and Organizing, Simplified Offices,

Develop a plan for your writing future. This might help you. 

How to write a business plan.  This might help you move from a hobbyist to a professional.

Write a book in a month.  This might help light a fire under you.


Good news. Children's sales up at Independent Books stores! Read about it in PW.

What is going on with sci-fi and fantasy readers?  Where are the younger readers? This discussion at PW might be interesting to you. 


Neil Gaiman offers advice on how to become a writer.  It is much simpler than just writing down your ideas. Check it out on his blog.

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