Available for download today: the new Winter Reading List!
Find a great book for a kid or #youngadult on the Winter 2016 #SCBWIReading List. #kidlit #middlegrade

For PAL members, add this to your social media:
Check out my book on the Winter 2016 #SCBWIReading List.

Hashtags: #kidlit, #youngadult #middlegrade #MG, #childrensbooks


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Picture Book Academy Recap

Picture Book Academy On Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Best Western in Westminster, MD, our SCBWI region held the first picture book day in a few years. It was a great success and was organized and conducted by our Regional Advisor Emeritus Lois Szymanski and Illustrator Coordinator Rebecca Evans, with Event Coordinator Sarah Maynard.

Henry, Joyce and Jonathan made a fun panel

Henry, Joyce and Jonathan made a fun panel

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Got NaNoWriMo Stress? Take a break with some funning writing videos!

For those of us pounding out the words for National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, aka why am I putting myself through this again, it’s gonna be a long, long month with many late nights and countless cups of coffee.

And perhaps just a touch of stress. Continue reading

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Here comes November…


pumpkin-1014971__180With the 31st just on the other side of the weekend, don’t forget about registering for CritiqueFest. Are you working on a middle grade or young adult novel? Then this is the event for you! Our eight faculty members are all published authors, and many people believe that writers give the best and most on-target critiques of WIPs. At CritiqueFest, you will learn how to give and receive critiques, and you will receive on-the-spot feedback from Published and Listed Members and your fellow writers.  If you are planning to sign up for an agent or editor critique at the spring conference, this is a great way to get your manuscript into shape!

**We’re looking at low attendance for this event. Please register soon! We will be forced to cancel if minimum numbers are not reached by Monday, October 31st!** Continue reading

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Event Reminders and Baltimore Festival Pics

Happy Friday, everyone!

Many thanks to Sarah Davis Maynard for hosting the 4th Annual Creativity Kick-Off for NaNoWriMo last night! If you were unable to attend but would like to see her helpful tips and inspirational photos, then go to the event page here.  And if you are participating this year, be sure to buddy both myself, Laura Bowers and Sarah so we can all keep each other motivated. Just click on our names! Continue reading

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NaNoWriMo Survival Kit: Time to Prep!

Today we’re teaming up with Eastern Penn Points for the #SCBWIsocial Third Thursday Blog Link Up. Want to join along? See details at the bottom of this post.

It’s almost that time of year again, folks: National Novel Writing Month, aka NaNoWriMo, the yearly Olympics for writers where participants attempt to write a 50,000 word novel in only 30 days. The fun begins on November 1st, twelve days from now. TWELVE.

As in, one-two-three-ten-twelve days, less than two weeks!!! Continue reading

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Cooler Weather, Changes, and Events

sparrow2Happy Friday, everyone! I hope you’re enjoying the beginning of fall as much as I am; I love the start of the autumn colors and that I can bake again without sweating.

I look forward to this time of year for a feeling of renewal, too; the annual idea marathon of PiBoIdMo (Picture Book Idea Month) has taken place during the month of November since its inception. For the uninitiated, PiBoIdMo is a 30-day challenge for picture book writers. The challenge is to create 30 picture book concepts in 30 days. You don’t have to write a manuscript (but you can if the mood strikes). You don’t need potential best-seller ideas. Lots of us participate, and there are blog posts and encouragement from the kidlit community along the way. It is the brainchild of Tara Lazar, children’s author, inspirational speaker, and blogger extraordinaire, and she recently announced that there will be changes this year, including moving it to January.

newblogphototaraHere’s an example from Tara’s blog Writing For Kids While Raising Them posted last year by guest contributor Margo Sorenson, with writing tips and pitfalls to avoid.

And here is a recent post from Tara’s blog which tells an inspirational success story directly linked to PiBoIdMo, by Chana Stiefel.

So keep your eye out for the announcement of the changes!

By the way, I hope to see you at the Write-in/Sketch-in for Children’s and YA Writers and Illustrators Saturday, October 22, 1-4 PM at the Finksburg Library, Finksburg, MD.  Work on your latest project surrounded by fellow authors and illustrators, with refreshments, hourly door prizes, and lots of moral support!  Published and Listed Members of SCBWI will also be on hand offering 10-minute first page, query, or illustration critiques for $10. This free program is co-sponsored by Carroll County Public Library and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Please RSVP by October 19 here.

Here’s a recap of all the upcoming events.


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Upcoming SCBWI MD/DE/WV Regional Events

Talk about jam-packed! Wow, have you visited our SCBWI MD/DE/WV website lately? We have lots of excellent, awesome activities lined for the fall, so I thought I’d post another round of announcements and reminders. So get those calendars out! Continue reading

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The Pinterest Project: How we’re using Pinterest for SCBWI MD/DE/WV’s As The Eraser Burns!

For the longest time, I didn’t fully understand what Pinterest was about. But then someone told me it’s just a fancy way to bookmark things off the internet. Voila! Concept instantly understood! I’ve since learned that Pinterest is also a fantastic way to drive traffic to your blog, although I’ve yet to fully harvest its potential for my own personal blog.

It is starting to drive traffic to my running blog, Joyful Miles, though, which got me to thinking: Why not see if creating a Pinterest page for As The Eraser Burns will help get more eyes on our posts, both current ones and those from the past? And hey, what if it can also somehow help promote blogs of our regional members? Hence, my Pinterest Project was born. So here’s the plan: Continue reading

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50 Ways to Gather Book Ideas | Third Thursday #SCBWIsocial Blog Link Up

Okay. Don’t panic, but for those of us who plan on participating in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month,) … we only have 46 days until it begins. Well, 47 if we count today. (I’m totally counting today.)

Perhaps 47 days sounds like plenty of time, but I need to finish a novel plus there’s that mile-long to-do list left over from our crazily chaotic summer and I have no clue what to write despite that fact that I’ve been challenging myself to write down a new book idea every day this year. So yeah. I’m a tad worried. Continue reading

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