Don’t Forget about #SCBWIsocial!

Happy Summer!! We’re definitely in the throes of a typical one for the Mid-Atlantic with plenty of heat and humidity. If it all gets to be too much, let me remind you it could be worse:


There, now. Don’t you  feel better?

We’re almost halfway through July! One week to go before our second blog link up with our pals over at Eastern Penn Points! Here is a quick reminder of the rules:


For extra details, read the link up announcement here. Next, check out the inaugural posts by Eastern Pen PointsLindsay Bandy and ATEB’s Laura Bowers.

Need something to write about? Try one of the blogs’ monthly themes:

  • Eastern Penn Points July 2016 Theme: Gettin Crafty – Let’s talk about rules, how to apply them, skillfully break them, and push ourselves onward in the development of our craft.
  • As the Eraser Burns July 2016 Theme:  “Illustrators Show us Your Independence.” Whatever topic you’d like to use is completely up to you. Give us fireworks!

If you’d like to contribute to the blog and aren’t ready for the link up, consider submitting  at another time. We’d really love to hear from you! As a reminder, here are the remaining monthly themes for the year:

August:  “Summer Beach Reads – What is Your Favorite Children’s Book?” How did it impact you as a kid and now as an adult? Or, what is your favorite craft book?

September:  “Harvesting Ideas – Where Do You Get Them From?” Tips for harvesting ideas, or what has inspired your books, we want all the juicy details!

October:  “NaNoWriMo/PiBoIdMo – Get Ready to Go.” Plotting, Outlining, Scrivener How-to, Research, and any other ways you prepare for the big event.

November:  “Off the Wall.” With many writers digging deep this month, now’s a great time to share ways to break through writer’s block, stay motivated, and resist distraction!

December: “Tis’ the Season” to share anything holiday related, whether it’s your favorite holiday story, how to stay focused when all you want to do is have fun, book-inspired recipes, and what have you!

For all our submission guidelines, head over to this page.

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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