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!
CLICK WORTHY STUFF!
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!
BALTIMORE BOOK FESTIVAL
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.
CRITIQUE DEADLINE! CRITIQUE DEADLINE
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:
FOR THE CONFERENCE NEWBIES
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! 🙂