SCBWI The Book and New York Registration News!

Happy Tuesday, everyone!

Okay, I’ve been an SCBWI member for, oh … a seriously long time. So long that I’ve never received a copy of SCBWI’s The Book, which is sent to all new members. But that’s okay, because all registered members can either order a printed copy for a minimal fee or download this for free from the website!


From the SCBWI Website:

Announcing the publication of THE BOOK: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO PUBLISHING FOR CHILDREN. Formerly known as the SCBWI Publications Guide, the new book is a completely revamped and updated edition, with a new look, new name and a full complement of current, essential articles on all aspects of the children’s book publishing industry.

New and relevant articles feature such topics as maximizing social media, creating book trailers, best practices in independent publishing, and grassroots promotion. A highlight of THE BOOK is the up-to-the-minute Market Survey, which includes a comprehensive house by house listing of editors, art directors and key personnel. Other useful surveys are The International Market Survey, The Book Reviewers Directory, The Agents Directory, and a unique feature called Edited By, in which editors have been personally surveyed to provide a history of their recent acquisitions. Other key resources include an annotated bibliography of essential reference books for any aspiring children’s book author or illustrator, as well as a current listing of bloggers, reviewers, grants and awards.

The three hundred page comprehensive, hands-on tool is designed to guide children’s book writers and illustrators through their publishing careers. THE BOOK is available in hard copy and online to SCBWI members.

“THE BOOK is an incredibly useful tool, which will become your guide as you pursue your career in children’s publishing,” commented Lin Oliver, SCBWI Executive Director. “We put a great deal of time into creating this professional resource,” added Stephen Mooser, SCBWI President. “We hope it serves our members well.”

A printed copy of the current SCBWI Publication Guide is sent to each new SCBWI member upon joining. If you are a current member and would like to order a hard copy of the current Publication Guide, please enter your information below. You may also request one in writing by sending a check or money order with your name and address to SCBWI Publication Guide, 8271 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. The total charge is $6 to cover the cost of printing, shipping and handling.
For Canada and Mexico, the charge is US$20, and for other countries outside the United States, US$24.


Something else I’ve yet to participate in …

The Annual New York 2014 Conference!

For any folks interested, registration opens Friday, October 25 at 10:00 am PDT for this year’s February 22-23, 2014 (Optional Pre-Conference Intensives February 21) in New York, New York

With an amazing lineup of keynote speakers and panels, SCBWI’s 15th Annual Winter Conference promises to sell out as it has the past several years so mark your calendars now!

The program for February 22-23 includes:

Keynote Addresses by:

  • Sharon Draper
  • Jack Gantos
  • Kate Messner
  • Elizabeth Wein

Keynote Panels:

The Art of  The Picture Book

  • Peter Brown
  • Raul Colon
  • Marla Frazee
  • Oliver Jeffers
  • Shadra  Strickland
  • Moderated by Arthur Levine 

The Future of  Authorship:

  • Paul Aiken
  • Jean Feiwel
  • Jane Friedman
  • Abbi Glines
  • Timothy Travaglini

Banned Books:

  • Joan Bertin
  • Ellen Hopkins

AND 24 hands-on Breakout Sessions with  editors, art directors and agents on Seven Essentials You Need to Know About…(on craft and marketing topics ranging across all genres.)

Intensives  on February 21 (optional:)

Our pre-conference intensives are highly sought after and fill up fast.  This year, they include:

I. Writers’ Roundtable:  This intensive gives writers two opportunities to share their first pages with a group of agents and editors.    

II. Writers Intensive Plot and Structure in Fiction: Limited to a maximum of 50 students,  an incredible faculty (Sharon Draper, Emma Dryden, Kate Messner, Jill Santapolo, Harold Underdown, Elizabeth Wein and Jane Yolen) provide seminar style instruction on the nemesis of all writers—-plot. Participants bring a synopsis of a work-in-progress for critique and workshopping.

III. The Illustrator Intensive: World Building  Step-by-step construction of compelling scenes that will not only convey but enhance a narrative. Faculty includes Pat Cummings, David Diaz,Tomie DePaola, Brian Floca, Brett Helquist, Arthur Levine, EB Lewis, Lily Malcolm, Holly McGhee, Cecilia Yung and Paul O. Zelinsky.

Portfolio Showcase Showcase  Friday, February 21

Illustrators, don’t miss out on a golden opportunity to have your work seen by the top art directors and editors in the business! For those enrolled in the Illustrator Intensive this is included. For those who are not, you can still display your art for a fee of $50.


Back by popular demand, we are holding our Saturday night party with buffet and drinks for everyone to network with their regional advisors, old friends and new ones!


Conference Tuition:  Basic tuition includes all conference workshops & events on Saturday and Sunday, February 22 and 23, the Gala Party on Saturday night (includes cocktail, food, and a drink ticket), and bagels, tea and coffee before the first session each morning.   Tuition does not include the pre-conference intensives on Friday, February 21.

Early Registration (Before January 15):  $400 – SCBWI Member Registration, $500 – Non-Member Registration

 Regular Registration (January 15 and thereafter):  $440 – SCBWI Member Registration, $540- Non-Member Registration

 Intensives:$225 each   

Portfolio Showcase  $50  Fee to participate in Friday Night Private Portfolio Showcase. No fee to those enrolled in the Illustrator Intensive.

 Venue Information:

109 East 42nd Street (at Grand Central Terminal)
New York, NY 10017
(212) 883-1234
Special SCBWI Room Rate: $249, single or double occupancy (limited rooms available so book quickly! ) Includes free in-room internet.  Click Here to book.


How to register:
You can register online at  or by phone (323-782-1010). You must be a current SCBWI member at the time of registration to be eligible for the member’s discount.

Full conference schedule and more details will be available shortly. Keep checking the SCBWI website!

Happy writing and 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 awesome boys, wife of one fantastic husband, excellent chili maker, and obsessive list keeper. She loves 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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3 Responses to SCBWI The Book and New York Registration News!

  1. John Lederer says:

    Hello, We are looking for a writer and a Illustrator to put together a childrens book on “Zaching”. Zaching is the act of showing strength by flexing your muscles. It is used by Cancer patients and their caregivers. It is also used by kids to show strength against all aspects of life including bullying. Google Zaching and you will find a lot of information on this phenomenon. Thank you, John

  2. jackpronin says:


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