Our Fab Fall Line-up: Two ABC Events and the Tri-Region Conference!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

According to the news, the weather forecast for this week in my area is rainy, wet, and downright soggy.  According to my calendar, though, the upcoming events forecast is awesome, exciting, and downright un-miss-able!

(And yes, I may have overdose on caffeine, so forgive my enthusiasm. :))

But I’m very excited about all of our fab fall events!

First up is this weekend’s ABC Event with regional SCBWI member Jane Conly, the lovely author of MURDER AFLOAT! 

It will be held this Saturday, September 10, 2011 from 2:00 to 5:00 PM at the THE RED CANOE BOOKSTORE CAFE at 4337 Harford Rd., Baltimore, MD 21214.  Phone: 410-444-4440 (Free parking available in the nearby Safeway parking lot.) This free event will include a talk by Jane, light refreshments, and an opportunity to meet other authors and illustrators in the greater Baltimore area.  Books will be available for purchasing and autographs.

This event is free, but please RSVP to Naomi Milliner at naomiwm@verizon.net. And for more on Jane, check out this blog entry. Hope to see you there!

Next up is yet another awesome ABC Event with regional SCBWI member Amie Rose Rotruck, the also-lovely author of BRONZE DRAGON CODEX, and A YOUNG WIZARDS HANDBOOK: How to Trap a Zombie, Track a Vampire, and Other Hands-On
Activities for Monster Hunters

With Halloween approaching, it’s important to know how to handle monsters!  Join Amie Rose Rotruck as she discusses her book Young Wizards Handbook: How to Trap a Zombie, Track a Vampire, and Other Hands-On Activities for Monster Hunters and demonstrates some monster-hunting crafts.  Amie will also talk about the craft of writing, specifically “How I Got Paid to Write Fanfic” and “Writing a Book for the Child You Were (or Still Are).”  If you’d like to participate in the crafts, bring a ball of yarn or string.

This ABC Event will be  held on October 19, 2011  at the Mount Airy Branch Library (705 Ridge Rd. Mount Airy, MD 21771) from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Again, this event is free, but please RSVP to Naomi Milliner at naomiwm@verizon.net. See you there!

Somewhere else I hope to see lots and lots of people is the upcoming . . .

Tri-Region Roads To Publication Conference on November 11-13, 2011 at the Gettysburg Wyndham Hotelin Gettysburg, PA!

This event is a combined effort of not one . . . not two . . . but THREE chapters of SCBWI; Eastern PA, Western PA, and

Raise your hand if you’re excited about this!

To register, read workshop and presentation details & find more information, click here.

For information on critiques, first-page, and portfolio reviews, click here.

Lin Oliver, SCBWI’s Executive Director, will be moderating, and our keynote speakers will be . . . drum roll, please . . . Jim Murphy, EB Lewis, and Patricia MacLachlan! 

Again. Hands?

Also presenting are:


Jordan Brown, Harper Collins; Bonnie Bader, Penguin; Grace Kendall, Scholastic; Wendy Loggia, Delacorte; and Carolyn Yoder, Boyds Mills Press.


John Rudolph, Dystel & Goderich Literary Management; Sarah Davies, The Greenhouse; Marcia Wernick, The Wernick Pratt Agency

Art Director:

Chad Beckerman, Abrams

… as well as authors, illustrators and more! For the complete list and bios, keep on reading!!


Jacqueline Adams has written more than 100 articles and stories  , including Science World, SuperScience, Highlights for Children, Cricket, Spider, Ladybug, Odyssey, and Read. She has written three reference books for Lucent Books and 31 readers for for SRA/McGraw-Hill and Macmillan/McGraw-Hill. She won the Highlights Fiction Contest in 2003 and 2005, an SCBWI Magazine Merit Award in 2004, and was selected as a 2011 Ocean Science Journalism Fellow at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.


Sandy Asher has published 24 books for young readers, including the award-winning Too Many Frogs! and companion books What a Party! and Here Comes Gosling! She’s the editor of five anthologies, including Writing it Right! and How Successful Authors Revise & Sell Their Stories. Sandy’s three dozen plays have been produced nationwide and abroad. Six are anthologized in Tell Your Story: The Plays and Playwriting of Sandra Fenichel Asher.  Visit Sandy at http://usawrites4kids.drury.edu/authors/asher


Bonnie Bader is the Editor-in-Chief of early and beginning readers at Grosset & Dunlap and also heads up the U.S. arm of Fredrick Warne, which publishes Beatrix Potter, Flower Fairies, and Spot. At Grosset, Bonnie is spearheading the rebranding of Penguin’s leveled readers (Penguin Young Readers) which will house readers from every imprint in the house. In addition, she is looking to start up an 8 x 8 picture book program, and a beginning/early chapter book program. She continues to edit and oversee several series including Hank Zipzer by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver, Katie Kazoo Switcheroo and George Brown, Class Clown by Nancy Krulik, and Frankly Frannie by Amanda Stern. New acquisitions include a series by Lin Oliver to debut in 2012. Bonnie is also proud to be a newly-elected member of the SCBWI Board of Advisors.


If book designers are superhero alter-egos, then Chad W. Beckerman (art director and cover designer for Abrams Books for Young Readers and Amulet Books and Abrams ComicArts) would have to  be Clark Kent. Friendly and hard working by day, yet designing books that have been known to burst onto shelves, leaping tall buildings (or at least generating lots of interest) in a single bound. He has designed successful series books, like The Last Apprentice, Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Library Mouse and NERDS, as well as picture books Crows of Pearblossom, Iggy Peck Architect and I Had a Favorite Dress. Visit Chad on his blog at http://cwdesigner.blogspot.com


Jordan Brown is a senior editor with Walden Pond Press and Balzer + Bray at HarperCollins Children’s Books. He has been fortunate enough to work with such esteemed authors and illustrators as Jon Scieszka, E.L. Konigsburg, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Donna Jo Napoli, Gris Grimly, Anne Ursu, M. Sindy Felin, and Greg Ruth. Amongst their books are ALA Best Books for Young Adults, New York Times bestsellers, an Edgar Award nominee, and a National Book Award finalist.


Sarah Davies was a London children’s publisher for more than 25 years before moving to the US in 2007 to launch the Greenhouse Literary Agency. Based in Washington DC and London, Greenhouse represents children’s/ YA fiction and is highly international in outlook. Clients include NYT Bestselling Brenna Yovanoff, Sarwat Chadda, Tricia Springstubb and Lindsey Leavitt. A member of AAR, Sarah has a wealth of editorial and management experience and says, ‘Everything I’d like to tell you about Greenhouse is in its name! www.greenhouseliterary.com


Linday Barrett George is widely recognized for her striking illustrations of animals, birds, and fish in their habitats. She is the author-illustrator of Maggie’s Ball; Alfred Digs; The Secret; Inside Mouse, Outside Mouse; In the Garden: Who’s Been Here?; and four other Who’s Been Here? titles. She lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her dog, two cats, and a very handsome duck. “For a little girl whose passion was drawing birds and fish and flowers and trees, to end up as an artist and book maker whose passion is drawing birds and fish and flowers and trees…it doesn’t get any better.”


Grace Elizabeth Kendall, Assistant Editor, The Blue Sky Press and Scholastic Press. Grace works on a wide range of material from board books to middle-grade novels, both fiction and nonfiction. Recent projects she assisted on include George Washington’s Spy by Elvira Woodruff, LaRue Across America: Postcards from the Vacation by Mark Teague, and The Crossing: How George Washington Saved the American Revolution by two-time Newbery Honor Book author Jim Murphy. Grace also co-edited Eight Days: A Story of Haiti by Edwidge Danticat and illustrated by Alix Delinois, which was published to national media acclaim, including a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and feature stories in The Huffington Post, Newsweek,and Ebony.


E.B. Lewis has illustrated over 50 picture books. As a young boy he was inspired by two of his uncles who were artists. He studied at Temple University Tyler School of Art where he found his preference of medium was watercolor.He taught art in public schools for 12 years and currently teaches at the University of Arts in Philadelphia. Lewis’ long list of awards include the 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Talkin’ About Bessie, two 2009 Coretta Scott King Honor Awards for The Bat Boy and His Violin and The Negro Speaks of Rivers, and a 2005 Caldecott Honor for Coming On Home Soon.


Wendy Loggia is Executive Editor at Delacorte Press/Random House. Recent novels Wendy has edited include the Fallen series by Lauren Kate, The Reinvention of Bessica Lefter by Kristen Tracy, Rumors from the Boys Room by Rose Cooper, and Modelland by Tyra Banks.  Wendy responds to a strong authorial voice, exciting commercial premises and writers interested in collaborating. Romance, girl thriller, paranormal, and humor are favorites; email 1-page queries to her at wloggia@randomhouse.com. No nonfiction, picture books, easy-to-reads.


Patricia MacLachlan is the celebrated author of many beloved books for young readers, including Sarah, Plain and Tall, winner of the Newbery Medal, and her most recent novel, Word After Word After Word. Her picture books include Who Loves Me?, Three Names, What You Know First and All the Places to Love. She lives with her husband and two border terriers in Williamsburg, Massachusetts.


Jim Murphy is the award-winning author of more than 35 fiction and non-fiction books for children and young adults. His books have been awarded the Newbery Honor twice (2004 for An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 and in 1996 for The Great Fire). His books have received many awards including the Siebert Award for nonfiction a Sibert Honor; three NCTE Orbis Pictus Awards for Nonfiction, The Boston Globe/Horn Book Award for nonfiction, a Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor Book Award, two SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, and nomination for the National Book Award.   In January he became the recipient of the ALA’s Margaret Edwards Award, for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults. www.jimmurphybooks.com


Author, Alexis O’Neill’s award-winning picture books include The Recess Queen, The Worst Best Friend, Loud Emily and Estela’s Swap. Alexis is an instructor for the UCLA Extension Writers’ Program. She is a Regional Advisor for SCBWI in California, and the SCBWI Bulletin’s “The Truth About School Visits” columnist. The California Reading Association recently honored her with the Dr. Marcus Foster Memorial Award “for making significant and outstanding contributions to reading throughout California.” Visit Alexis at www.alexisoneill.com and www.SchoolVisitExperts.com


Lin Oliver is a leading children’s book author and writer-producer of family films, television series and movies for children. With her co-author Henry Winkler, she writes the New York Times best-selling book series, Hank Zipzer: World’s Best Underachiever, which has sold over three million copies. Lin is also the author of four comedic novels that comprise the Who Shrunk Daniel Funk? Quartet from Simon and Schuster, which feature the comedy misadventures of a shrinking boy and his identical shrunken twin brother. She has three additional children’s book series under contract. Almost Identical, a three book series from Grosset & Dunlap, is about identical twin tweens who are in the process of establishing individual identities. The Sound Bender, a two book commitment which she is writing with Theo Baker, is a high concept science fiction intended for upper middle grade readers. Her new four book series, Ghost With The Most, co-authored with Henry Winkler will premier in 2012 from Scholastic. In television, Lin produced the long-running series, Harry And The Hendersons for Universal, for which she wrote over 30 episodes. She also produced the animated series Corduroy for PBS and Wayside for Nickelodeon. In the feature film arena, she has produced The Trumpet of the Swan, based on E.B. White’s award-winning novel. She is the co-founder of the SCBWI, and serves as its Executive Director.


Charlotte Rinderknecht has produced animation, web, print, and video for over 10 years.  In 2009 she was executive producer of the award winning animated short, Pete’s Odyssey. With award winning animator/director/producer, Rusty Mills and Disney veteran, Pam Darley, she leads a dynamic team of storytellers and artists in Fairfax, Virginia. Studio Kinate has numerous projects in development including an animated drama set to premiere in 2015. www.studiokinate.com


John Rudolph joined Dystel & Goderich literary management in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. John is always eager to discover fresh new voices and highly original stories regardless of category, though he’s probably known as a “boy book” kind of guy. He is keenly interested in middle-grade and young adult fiction, and would love to find the next great picture book author/illustrator.


Marcia Wernick is an agent and partner at Wernick & Pratt Agency. They represent established as well as emerging authors and illustrators, in all genres for children.  She works with, among others, Bryan Collier, Jackie Urbanovic, Kathleen O’Dell, Elizabeth Cody Kimmel, Alexandra Boiger, and Mo Willems, who she introduced to the publishing world.  She’s drawn to strong voices and age appropriate stories, that engage, entertain and amuse. Compelling opening lines are key.  Marcia’s accepting new clients.


Carolyn P. Yoder is senior editor at Calkins Creek, the U.S. history imprint of Boyds Mills Press and the senior editor of history and world cultures at the magazine, Highlights for Children. Carolyn has been an editor and writer for The New Jersey Historical Society and the executive director of The New Hampshire Antiquarian Society. She also served as editor, editor-in-chief, and assistant publisher of Cobblestone Publishing, Inc. She lives and works in Lawrenceville, NJ.


More conference information will be coming soon. Until then, mark your calendars, and get to work on those picture books, novels, or artwork that you plan on submitting for a critique.

Huh. That last one was important, so let me repeat it.


The deadline for submissions is October 20th, which you just know will be here before we know it, so roll them sleeves up, and get to work, my friends!

Happy writing, everyone! 🙂


About Laura Bowers

Laura is a writer, runner, reader, runDisney addict, blogger/vlogger at Write, Run, Rejoice and Joyful Miles, mom of two college boys, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She clearly likes run-on sentences and adverbs. She also still thinks Spice World was an awesome movie and feels no shame about that.
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