Color Wonder: Hooray for Spring! Book Release

Hello friends! We are having picture-perfect Spring weather, aren’t we? How appropriate that we are celebrating the latest book release by area member Chiêu Anh Urban!

Get ready for an inventively visual experience that allows readers to mix and match the colors of vibrant flowers right before their eyes! Turn the wheels to create and change the bold colors of spring in this deceptively simple and thoughtfully layered novelty book that teaches the joy and wonder of color.

Kirkus Review (January 2017) had this to say – “An upbeat, four-line rhyme… cute cartoony illustrations with vivid colors…  Toddlers will enjoy the repetition…The vibrant insects and colors…bring together a colorful springboard book.”

Chiêu Anh Urban is a published author, illustrator, graphic designer, and format designer who specializes in developing innovative formats and interactive books for the very young. Chiêu’s forthcoming projects include the second book in her color-mixing novelty series COLOR WONDER: WINTER IS HERE! (Little Simon, Oct. 2017), QUIET AS A MOUSE (Sterling, Nov. 2017), and 123 GO! (FSG, 2018) .  She is the creator of COLOR WONDER: HOORAY FOR SPRING!, AWAY WE GO! and the author of RAINDROPS: A SHOWER OF COLORS. Head over to Chiêu’s website and blog to learn more about her.

Congratulations, Chiêu! Best of luck with your latest release!

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Introducing WIN: The Working Illustrator’s Network

Attention illustrators! Have you heard about WIN yet? If not, read on for the full scoop as explained by our SCBWI MD/DE/WV illustrator coordinator, Rebecca Evans:

Introducing WIN


(WIN) The Working Illustrators Network of the SCBWI MD/DE/WV Region exists to connect all illustrators on a regional, local and professional level, through a variety of available means. The basic topics we will attempt to address are the circumstances we face as professionals: everyday, beginner, or experienced, in our careers.  Continue reading

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It’s Here: From Dreaming to Doing!

Happy almost Conference Day! Seems like yesterday we were opening registration and rolling out the first of our faculty interviews.  I’m so excited for all of the attendees, because each of you are on your unique journey that I hope finds your dreams fulfilled. This conference is an important step!

Please read (or reread) Laura’s terrific roundup of all things conference: Everything From Dreaming to Doing Conference: Tips, Links and More!

Also, try to take the time to catch up on our faculty visitors to the Cyber Café, especially if you are receiving a critique or portfolio review:

Last but not least, don’t forget to go over the email that our co-RA Sue Poduska sent out last week and print out all pertinent information.

Have a magnificent weekend!

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Keynote Speaker Spotlight on Bruce Coville: From Dreaming to Doing

Hey Folks!  From Dreaming to Doing is just two days away! Are you pumped? You better be with our amazing Keynote Speaker, Bruce Coville!

Mr.  Coville has published over 100 books for children and young adults, including the international bestseller My Teacher is an Alien. His works have appeared in a dozen languages and won children’s choice awards in as many states. He is also the founder of FULL CAST AUDIO, an audiobook company devoted to producing full cast, unabridged recordings for family listening. Mr. Coville lives in Syracuse, New York with his wife, illustrator and author Katherine Coville.

Mr. Coville will be giving two presentations this weekend. His Saturday Keynote  is “The Dance of Plot and Character”  ~ Writers are concerned about plot. Writers are concerned about character. But what we should really be concerned about is the ways in which plot and character intersect – how plot reveals character, and how character drives plot. In this presentation, Bruce Coville will focus on these dual, intertwined aspects of storytelling, as demonstrated in his famous “Puddle Story.”

On Sunday, he will be presenting “The Light Fantastic” ~ Fantasy is one of the most beloved branches of children’s literature. In this session veteran fantasy writer Bruce Coville (Jeremy Thatcher, Dragon Hatcher) will provide an in-depth look at the hows and whys of writing fantasy, starting with an “annotated storytelling” of two chapters from the first book in his acclaimed Magic Shop series and concluding with a series of concrete tips to apply to your own writing.


How lucky are we?

Have a great Wednesday, friends. I’ll be back tomorrow with some last-minute links and tips. See you then!


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Everything From Dreaming to Doing Conference: Tips, Links, and More!

We are now one week away from the From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference, only one week away! I’ve tried to figure you how many years I’ve been attending our region’s annual conferences … wow, around fifteen, give or take? But I do know that I’ve loved each and every one. Why? Because everyone there understands the significance of this scene from Wonder Boys so well: Continue reading

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Guest Post by Erin Hagar: Why Author Critiques can be a career-maker!

We’re getting closer to our 2017 From Dreaming to Doing SCBWI Conference! Many of you have submitted manuscripts for a critique with your fingers crossed, hoping you’re assigned to an editor or agent. But what if you’re paired with an author instead? Presenter Erin Hagar explains why that can still be a career-changer below. Continue reading

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Coffee & Conversation with Veronica Bartles: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Monday! It’s hard to believe that there’s now only eleven, yes, ELEVEN days until our SCBWI MD/DE/WV From Dreaming to Doing conference! We still have many faculty interviews to share as well as some conference tips for you first timers. Have you missed any of our previous interviews? No worries, here are the links:

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Coffee and Conversation with Julie Dietzel-Glair: From Dreaming to Doing

Happy Friday! We’re wrapping up this week with another From Dreaming to Doing faculty interview. Please welcome Julie Dietzel-Glair to the Cyber Cafè!

Julie Dietzel Glair

Julie is a Freelance Writer and Library Consultant. She is active in the Association for Library Service to Children and has served on the (John) Newbery Medal Selection Committee. She also evaluates and discusses children’s and teen literature as a member of Capitol Choices. She has worked in public libraries and now provides training sessions for library staff and writes books to help children’s librarians do storytime.

Julie will be participating in the Picture Books and Reviews panel (with Minh Le, Julie Dietzel-Glair, Alyssa Nassner, Leila Sales, Susan Stockdale, and Calef Brown). This panel of accomplished authors, illustrators, agents, editors and reviewers will discuss everything you need to know (or at least as much as they can cover in 50 minutes) about the picture book review process and the reality of what it’s like to have a book out in the world. Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Mary Fan: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Welcome to March! Not only is it the month that Spring returns (though it seems like it’s already here…can you believe this weather?), but it is also marks the return of our annual  conference. Are you ready for From Dreaming to Doing?

Today we have a midweek treat with another faculty interview. Please welcome author Mary Fan to the Cyber Café!

img_2866-1Mary is a YA and SFF writer hailing from Jersey City, NJ. She is the author of the Jane Colt novels (Red Adept Publishing), the Firedragon novellas (Glass House Press), and the Fated Stars novellas (Glass House Press). She is also the co-editor the Brave New Girls young adult sci-fi anthologies about girls in science, tech, and engineering, sales of which benefit the Society of Women Engineers scholarship fund.

Mary will be presenting the Saturday breakout “How to Write Inclusively” – The call for diverse books was heard loud and clear, but how can authors respond? Particularly when writing outside their lanes? While there’s no one way to “do diversity right,” keeping certain things in mind can help you write more inclusively without falling into the traps of tokenism, stereotyping, etc. This workshop will provide tips for how to incorporate diversity into your writing and how to avoid common pitfalls even the most well-meaning authors can stumble into. Continue reading

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Coffee and Conversation with Calef Brown: From Dreaming to Doing Conference

Happy Monday! We have less than three weeks to go until “From Dreaming to Doing.” I trust you’ve been enjoying our faculty interviews and there’s more to come! Here’s who we’ve had visit so far:

Our latest cyber chair occupant is author/illustrator Calef Brown.

calef-brown-150x150Calef is the author and illustrator of many celebrated books including Polkabats and Octopus Slacks, Dutch Sneakers and Fleakeepers, Tippintown, Hallowillloween, We Go Together!, Boy Wonders, Pirateria, and Flamingos on the Roof  – winner of the Myra Cohn Livingston poetry award and a New York Times bestseller. His latest book Hypnotize Tiger – Poems About Just About Everything won a Lee Bennett Hopkins honor award. He is currently an assistant professor at Rhode Island School of Design. Continue reading

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