Happy Friday, everyone!
In our continuing efforts to improve As The Eraser Burns, once again, we’ve added something new to the menu bar! On Tuesday, I posted about the Regional Member Blog/Website and Twitter Names list on our website. (All the submitted links have been added, by the way. If I missed yours, it was in error, so please let me know!) Today, I’ve added our brand-new Submission Guidelines for those of you who would like to contribute to As The Eraser Burns.
After all, we have so much amazing talent in this region. We’d love to share it! 🙂
Here’s the low-down. If you have any questions, please post them in the comments below.
Want to contribute to As The Eraser Burns? Fantastic, we love having guests! We can tell from the twitch in your eye that you have some questions, though. Go ahead, don’t be shy, ask away!
Wow, you read my mind! I do have some questions like … what kind of material are you looking for?
We’d love to see:
- News about upcoming book releases, events, etc. (Only one promotional submission per quarter though, please. We will modify this restriction in the future if we find it necessary.) All registered SCBWI MD/DE/WV members are also welcome to include ATEB in any blog tours promoting your book release. Contact us if you’d like to receive our standard list of interview questions.
- How-to articles about the craft of writing or illustrating, work habits, etc.
- Articles on (cringe!) social media, a trouble zone for many of us.
- Personal stories of your writing/illustrating journey or how SCBWI has helped your career.
- Links to articles, websites, favorite how-to books, etc., that have been helpful for your writing or drawing.
- Contest or submission opportunities that do NOT charge a fee.
- SCBWI conference or event summary recaps.
- Posts about the influence of living in this region on your work.
- Any questions about writing, illustrating, submitting, roadblocks, social media, or what have you. If we don’t know the answer, we’ll find someone who does!
- And finally, if you’re a teacher, librarian, doctor, counselor, bookseller, agent, etc., who has a non-literary perspective to share, we’d love to hear your thoughts!
Regarding word count, for now, please keep submissions under 2,000 words. We may revisit this restriction if necessary, however. Also, please supply all links to websites, book listings, etc.
Okay, what are you NOT looking for?
- Any short stories, poems, fictional pieces, artwork, etc., as it would deem your work as being “published.”
- Per SCBWI policy, we are not allowed to promote any non-SCBWI workshops, events, contests, etc., that require a fee.
- Book release information from non-regional members. (While we truly appreciate our readers from other regions, this was decided to keep things simple.)
- Links to posts on your blog or other social media sites. Please use our Facebook Page or Twitter Feed for these.
Well, what if we’re not yet published, can we still submit to As The Eraser Burns?
Absolutely! Everyone’s voice has merit.
Aw, that’s nice! But what about screening, will every submission be posted?
Oh boy, this part makes me uncomfortable because it brings on flashbacks of being snubbed by my high school’s snotty A-crowd. But yes, since As The Eraser Burns represents SCBWI and we strive to provide our readers with quality content, we will screen submissions and not post material that is more appropriate for a personal blog, such as a two thousand word ode to someone’s deceased cat.
(They would, however, have our deepest sympathies.)
Okay, but what if I have something to share and I’d rather not submit to the blog. Is there somewhere else I can go?
Absolutely! As mentioned earlier, all members are encouraged to join and post about any events, publications, personal triumphs, or some such to our Facebook Page and Twitter Feed as long as they are writing/illustrating/book related.
What about scheduling, how soon will accepted submissions be posted?
We will make every effort to post guest contributions in the order they were received unless it’s a timely post. Please note that we may also combine announcements, news, questions, etc., in a single post.
Cool, so okay, I’m ready to share! How do I submit my contribution?
Simple! Submissions can be mailed to Laura Bowers with all text contained in the body of the email rather than as an attached file. Attached files will not be opened. Due to copyright infringements, we will also not accept or post photographs, cartoons, artwork, etc. Jacket covers and author photos are acceptable, however, if embedded in the message.
Also, please note that since this is a new venture for us, our submission guidelines might change in the future if necessary. And as always, happy writing and drawing! 🙂