May Events

Happy rainy, dreary Thursday. Does this weather have you down? Well, we have two area events this month that will bring a ray of sunshine!

First up – On Saturday, May 14 at 2PM there will be an Author’s Book Club with Elaine Ann Allen: Create a Social Media Plan.  A social media plan is a must in today’s marketplace. Learn the essentials of how to develop your brand, from creating a website to setting up your social media accounts. Don’t have a book published yet? Use your social media to network and increase your visibility. Bring your laptop and your imagination for a rapid-fire workshop!

Elaine-Allen-233x300Elaine Ann Allen is the author of Olly Explores and 7 Wonders of the Chesapeake Bay.  This program is co-sponsored by AACPL and the MD/DE/WV Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators and is open to all.  Please register on the regional website by May 11.

Our other event is The Gaithersburg Book Festival on Saturday, May 21 from 10AM-6PM and will be at the Gaithersburg City Hall Grounds. The MD/DE/WV SCBWI table will feature information about our region’s activities as well as eight of our Published and Listed Members selling their books. Come out and support your fellow members — the festival has lots of great speakers, and it’s free! For more information, see

And don’t forget about May Mid-Grade Madness!!!

As always, we encourage you to get involved. If you’re interested in finding and joining a critique group in your area of our region, please visit our regional critique group page. Email any questions you have to Mike Karg at,

For our Published And Listed author or illustrator members (PAL), check out our PAL Member Resources page to find out how to sign up for our PAL Member email group and how to sign up to present an Author’s Book Club event.  (If you are not sure if you are a PAL member, please check your profile at  If you have any question, feel free to contact our new PAL Coordinator, Veronica Bartles at

Lastly, do you have an idea for an event? See one you like, but wish it was closer to you? Contact our Event Coordinator, Sarah Maynard and she can help you plan an event in your area or give you more information. We need you!

Happy writing and illustrating!!

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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