Member News

Hello everyone! Welcome to a an absolutely gorgeous Friday afternoon that is more spring than summer like!

First off, let’s wish a belated Happy Book Birthday to chapter member Kelly Fiore!  Her second YA novel, JUST LIKE THE MOVIES, was released on July 22.


Pretty, popular Marijke Monti and over-achieving nerd-girl Lily Spencer have little in common—except that neither feels successful when it comes to love. Marijke can’t get her boyfriend to say “I love you” and Lily can’t get a boyfriend at all. When the girls end up at a late night showing of Titanic, sniffling along with the sinking ship, they realize that their love lives could—and should—be better. Which sparks an idea: Why can’t life be like a movie? Why can’t they create perfect romantic situations? Now they have a budding friendship and a plan—to act out grand gestures and get the guys of their dreams. It seems like fun at first, but reality turns out to be much more complicated, and they didn’t take into account that finding true love usually requires finding yourself first.

For any of you in the Frederick, MD area, Kelly will be doing a reading and book signing at the Curious Iguana bookstore on Sunday August 27th from 1-2pm.

Congratulations Kelly and best of luck!

More member news: Our Illustrator Coordinator Susan Detwiler was asked to participate in a blog tour about writing. Susan is an extraordinarily talented artist whose first book as an author/illustrator – FINE LIFE FOR A COUNTRY MOUSE- will be released in September. Go to her blog to learn more about her creative process.

Last on the agenda is a fabulous nugget of information that has come to us via chapter member and author Pam Smallcomb. She forwarded this fantastic blog post by Elizabeth Laws, Ten Things That Make an Editor Stop Reading Your Manuscript. Um, yeah…I have committed quite a few of those errors. Even though I winced while going through the list, I found it to be a fantastic source of advice, which I bookmarked instantly. I loved that it was inspired by Broadway personality Seth Rudetsky’s similar advice on auditions (Confession: I am a closet broadway musical nerd and listen to his show on Sirius Radio. He knows everything and everybody, plus he’s a hoot!)

That’s it for now. Have a happy and productive weekend!



About Susan Mannix

Susan worked as a biomedical research editor for the Department of the Navy for fourteen years and has been a member of SCBWI since 2007. She writes young adult and middle grade novels. When she isn’t writing, she spends her time doing all things horses, including attending her teenaged daughters’ many competitions. Susan lives in Maryland on a small farm with her husband, two children, an adorable black lab, two cats, and three horses.
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