A Bunch of This and Thats

Happy Monday, everyone! I have good news and other tidbits to share today. 🙂


Well, technically she’s moved away from our region, but we still claim her as ours, so CONGRATULATIONS and a major WOO-HOO to Veronica Bartles for the sale of her young adult novel, Twelve Steps, to Swoon Romance coming out in  2014! She has worked very hard, getting critiques, querying manuscripts, entering contests, and pounding on doors so I’m thrilled to see one has opened. Congrats, Veronica!


Speaking of authors who work it, if you’re in the midst of trying to put together a critique group, be sure to hop on over to Shelley Koon’s Write Scared blog and read her ongoing series! She’s our new regional critique coordinator and judging from her blog, she’s more than qualified. Great stuff, Shelley!

Member Laura Shovan shared a link that shows why she hates summer. (There’s a video clip in her post too funny to miss. :))

There’s also lots of Pod-casting going on at Once Upon a Sketch for our illustrator friends!


Also on our Facebook page, regional member Sarah Davis Maynard posted about the upcoming Baltimore Book Festival to be held September 27 – 29, 2013 to see if any members were interested in meeting up. I think this is a GREAT idea, Sarah! There’s going to be tons of fantastic children’s authors and illustrators, including Libba Bray, Meg Cabot, Tomie DePaola, Jack Gantos, Kevin O’Malley, and our very own regional authors Jeri Smith-Ready, and James Proimos, who presented at last summer’s conference.

If anyone is interested in a SCBWI meet-up over the weekend, please leave a comment below and I’ll coordinate the details.


You folks might think something was wrong with me if I didn’t offer at least one nag about GETTING YOUR MANUSCRIPTS IN NOW if you’re paying extra for a critique at our upcoming Lucky 13: Make 2013 Your Year conference! It’s going to be first come, first served, so for those hoping to be critiqued by an agent or editor, chop-chop, go to our website for submission instructions and get to it! Need some help? You can refer back to our critique workshop series:

Workshop #1:  Opening Lines

Workshop #2:  Amazing Manuscript First Pages

Workshop #3:  Formatting


Are you a new writer who’s feeling a little intimidated about attending your first conference this September? Are you interested in meeting other newbies since, you know, there’s safely in numbers? If so, then leave a comment below and we will arrange a meeting time and place for all of you. 🙂

That’s all for now. If you’re a regional member with good news to share, or if you’re a PAL member with an upcoming release you’d like to promote, please contact me at laura.bowers @ comcast.net!

Happy writing/drawing, 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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4 Responses to A Bunch of This and Thats

  1. Carole McShane says:

    Hi…I’m a member of SCBWI and also a docent at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore. The Baltimore Book Festival is traditionally held on Mt. Vernon Square right outside the Walters. If anyone would like a highlights tour of the Walters during the Book Festival, I’d be glad to arrange some tours. I’m available on 9/27 or 9/28. Tour would go about an hour. The Walters is a gem, with artwork from the Ancient World through the 19th c.

    • Laura Bowers says:

      That sounds fun, Carole, thanks for the great offer! Once my boys are settled in college and life *somewhat* calms down, I’ll post spread the word and see if we can gather a group. 🙂

  2. Deb D says:

    I’m a new illustrator feeling intimidated, does that count? 😉 Any fellow new illustrators attending?

    • Laura Bowers says:

      Absolutely, Deb! My apologies – we try to always say writers and illustrators so all are included, but sometimes I forget things. 😉 Be sure to seek Susan and me out so we can say hi and find a few illustrators you can meet!

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