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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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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