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.

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