Category Archives: General

Happy New Year: Start Where You Stand

HAPPY NEW YEAR, everyone! I’m wishing you a wonderful 2018 full of many manuscripts, dozens and dozens of drawings, wonderful words and sensational stories.

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It’s Springtime!

Hello friends! Spring is finally here and all I have to say is… I know I’m overreacting: we barely got a lick of snow this winter. No matter. There’s nothing like seeing the flowers blossom and fields transition from brown … Continue reading

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Available for download today: the new Winter Reading List! Find a great book for a kid or #youngadult on the Winter 2016 #SCBWIReading List. #kidlit #middlegrade For PAL members, add this to your social media: Check out my book … Continue reading

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Here comes November…

  With the 31st just on the other side of the weekend, don’t forget about registering for CritiqueFest. Are you working on a middle grade or young adult novel? Then this is the event for you! Our eight faculty members are all published … Continue reading

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Favorite Illustrators/ Third Thursday #SCBWIsocial

Hello readers! I hope you’re keeping cool during these hot days of July. I am fortunate to have a studio complete with AC and don’t know what I’d do without it — there are days when it’s so humid the … Continue reading

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Creating Picture Books

Well, this is the last day of June, and our theme this month has been Picture Books, so I thought I’d write about my understanding of how to create in this genre. I joined the SCBWI in 2003, and it … Continue reading

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Monday Motivation

This is the first in a series regarding how one gets motivated, stays motivated, and the tools used to do this. How do you as a writer and/or illustrator get back on the motivation wagon when you’ve fallen off? So, … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Fun With Cross-Pollination in SCBWI

Today we have the pleasure of guest blogger Mike Karg, our region’s Critique Group Coordinator. Take it away, Mike! Fun With Cross-Pollination in SCBWI That’s us in the middle, the orange section we all memorized in Social Studies in 4th grade. … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

“I am grateful for what I am and have. My thanksgiving is perpetual… O how I laugh when I think of my vague indefinite riches. No run on my bank can drain it for my wealth is not possession but … Continue reading

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