Good News and Conference Info!

Happy Friday, everyone!

Hmm, feels like a good day to hand out some well-deserved congratulations and woo-HOOs. Yes, you agree? Awesome. So here we go!

First off, congratulations and a mighty woo-HOO to Margarette Reid, for this year’s release of LOTS AND LOTS OF COINS, Dutton Juvenile!

What’s better than spending the day with Dad doing something you both love? Like coin collecting! In this follow-up to the bestselling The Button Box, a young boy discovers the joys of being a numismatist. He finds out about the value of coins, what people used before coins, and why historical images and people appear on coins. Margarette S. Reid and True Kelley present a colorful and exuberant look at one of America’s favorite hobbies. Educators and parents will appreciate how Lots and Lots of Coins introduces math, language arts, and social studies concepts.

“In this cheerful book, a boy tells about an interest he shares with his dad: coin collecting. They look at change from the grocery store, fill a fishbowl with assorted coins, and sort them by size and face value. But along the way, the boy absorbs information about the coins in past times and civilizations, the manufacture of modern coins, and how our currency spotlights people, places, and events in American history… With an upbeat tone and plenty of interesting facts, this is a fine introduction to coin collecting for young children. Grades K-3.”–Carolyn Phelan, Booklist

Congrats, Marty! 🙂

Also, an equally massive woo-HOO to regional member Kelly Fiore, for the recent sale of her young adult novel, FOOD FIGHT, about a spunky 16-year-old girl who is thrust into the spotlight when she’s cast on a Top Chef-esque cooking show for teens, where the stakes are as high as the heat in the kitchen…and with her fellow contestant, to Mary Kate Castellani at Walker Children’s, by Hannah Brown at Gordon Foundry Literary!

Congratulations, Kelly! Your book sounds yummy. 🙂

And yet another huge congrats also to Melinda “Mindy” Abbott, whose poem, Losing Words, has been published under the pen name Melinda Bennington in the anthology Life in Me Like Grass On Fire: Love Poems.  Edited by Laura Shovan, this MWA anthology includes the work of fifty Maryland poets. Mindy’s poem is from her collection, Growing Down.  Mindy also read One World, North and South, celebrating North and South America in two languages, at the Blackbird Poetry Festival.

Nice!!  Great job, Melinda! 🙂

There will be more awesome member news coming next week, but until then, one final bit of good news is that there’s still time to register for this year’s awesome . . .

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

I’ve asked this before, but I’m gonna ask again . . . who’s excited about this?

Awesome, me, too! And in October, we’re going to be posting some pre-conference interviews to really get your revved up.

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

For official information on critiques, first-page, and portfolio reviews, click here. And if you’re hesitant about getting a critique or need some help, refer back to this post for help and suggestions.

Lin Oliver, SCBWI’s Executive Director, will be moderating, and our keynote speakers will be Jim Murphy, EB Lewis, and Patricia MacLachlan! (Can’t wait to hear them.) 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


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


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!


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 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.


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 and


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.


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.

Have a great weekend! 🙂


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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