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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Upcoming SCBWI Events

Get out your calendars, folks, because it’s time to make sure everyone knows about the fantastic events SCBWI has coming up this fall!

Is it really September 9th already? For me, the summer has passed in a beautiful blur between Camp NaNoWriMo’s frenzy, us renovating a fixer-upper townhouse at Ocean City, (writer retreat, anyone?) a lovely two-week vacation, and recent race-cation at Disneyland in order to keep my title as “the crazy running lady.” Continue reading

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Picture Book Academy!

Great news!

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There is a terrific event coming up for picture book people: the MD/DE/WV SCBWI Picture Book Academy. You’ll learn how to make your picture book the best it can be from a top-notch faculty of author/illustrators and industry professionals. They’ll offer a look at the basics as well as the nitty gritty down-low details of what an editor looks for and what an art director wants to see. Continue reading

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Book Release and some Coffee and Conversation with Laura Gehl

Congratulations and major woo-hoo’s to Maryland author Laura Gehl on the August 9th release of her latest book, Peep and Egg: I’m not Trick-or-treating!


“Peep is so excited to go trick or treating with Egg!  But Egg is not trick or treating!  No way.  No how.  With monsters, witches, and mummies lurking around every corner, it is just too scary out there. Can Peep find a way to convince Egg that trick or treating is not so frightening with someone you love by your side?” Continue reading

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SCBWI 45th Annual Summer Conference

Today we have a special treat — notes from Sue Poduska about the just-concluded national conference in Los Angeles. Take it away, Sue!

LA Rocks!

By Sue Poduska, Co-Regional Advisor

Here are my notes from the LA conference. They’re a little choppy, but I hope they’re coherent enough to be of help. Of course, there’s nothing like being there, so I hope everyone is able to attend at some point. Continue reading

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Happy Book Birthday: Coffee and Conversation with Leona Illig!

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Favorite Illustrators/ Third Thursday #SCBWIsocial

snowflakeHello readers! I hope you’re keeping cool during these hot days of July. I am fortunate to have a studio complete with AC and don’t know what I’d do without it — there are days when it’s so humid the paper curls! It’s like drawing on a sponge.

One thing for sure about being an illustrator is that as a group we are inspired visually. If you’re like me, you love to explore and get ideas from the artwork of others. For as long as I can remember I have kept a file of my favorite illustrators; at first as clippings in a regular file cabinet folder, but now I keep a digital folder on my computer. Today I’ll share a few of my favorites with you, in no particular order. Their styles are very different from one another, but each one touches my heart and excites my eyes. All of these illustrators happen to work in traditional media. I’ll save my favorite digital artists for another day. Continue reading

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Don’t Forget about #SCBWIsocial!

Happy Summer!! We’re definitely in the throes of a typical one for the Mid-Atlantic with plenty of heat and humidity. If it all gets to be too much, let me remind you it could be worse:



There, now. Don’t you  feel better?

We’re almost halfway through July! One week to go before our second blog link up with our pals over at Eastern Penn Points! Here is a quick reminder of the rules: Continue reading

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Upcoming Events

Happy Tuesday! Are you participating in Camp NaNoWriMo this July? I am as well as our member and SCBWI MD/DE/WV Twitter coordinator, Tracy Gold. If you are, too, be sure to let us know how you’re doing by finding us on Twitter! Here’s Tracy’s Twitter page and mine. Best of luck!


Our co-regional advisor, Kathy MacMillan also shared some member news and announcement recently that I thought I’d post here in case you didn’t see it. There’s a lot going on in the upcoming months! Continue reading

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Creating Picture Books

Well, this is the last day of June, and our theme this month has been Picture Books, so I thought I’d write about my understanding of how to create in this genre.


I joined the SCBWI in 2003, and it was the best decision I ever made to further my career in this field. There were a few things I knew then about picture books, having read and loved them my whole life, and having had a serendipitous, small success at picture book illustration at that time (The First Teddy Bear, by Helen Kay was illustrated by me and published in 1985, with a second edition in 2005). But I have learned SO MUCH since then from the editors, agents, authors, and illustrators I have met and heard speak at SCBWI conferences and other events. I still have a lot to learn! It has been a joy as well as an education, and I’ve made many friends, too.


Three things I already knew about picture books: Continue reading

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