Congratulations to Debbie Levy, winner of the 2017 Crystal Kite Award for the Atlantic Area!

Happy Friday, everyone! This post is long overdue, but major congrats and a mighty woo-HOO to regional member, Debbie Levy!

Her book, I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark, has been chosen by SCBWI members as the winner of the 2017 Crystal Kite award for the Atlantic area, which includes Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, Wash DC, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland!

Ruth Bader Ginsburg has spent her lifetime disagreeing . . . with creaky old ideas. With unfairness. With inequality. She has disagreed. She has disapproved. She has objected and resisted. She has dissented!

Disagreeable? No. Determined? Yes! Ruth Bader Ginsburg has changed her life, and ours, by voicing her disagreements and standing up for what’s right. This picture book about the first female Jewish justice of the U.S. Supreme Court shows that disagreeing does not make you disagreeable and that important change can happen one disagreement at a time.

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Ages 5 and up

Again, congratulations, Debbie! And if you’d like to read more about the winners in all fifteen regional areas, click on this link.

Happy writing and drawing, everyone, and I hope you’re having an amazing summer!

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Guest Post: Karen Leggett Abouraya

Happy Summer and welcome June! In keeping with this month’s theme – Diversity – we are fortunate to have Karen Leggett Abouraya’s contribution to ATEB!

Karen Leggett Abouraya, a member of SCBWI MD/DE/WV, is a veteran journalist and children’s author who lives in Silver Spring, MD. Her first book, Hands Around the Library: Protecting Egypt’s Treasured Books, written in collaboration with illustrator Susan L. Roth, won a CABA award in 2013.  Karen is also the author of the picture book biography, Malala Yousafzai: Warrior with Words and an active member of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington, D.C. @LeggettAbouraya facebook./com/handsaroundthelibrary

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Happy Book Birthday, Meg Eden!

Congratulations are in order for area member Meg Eden on the release of Post-High School Reality Quest.

Buffy’s your typical cosplaying, retro-gaming, con-going geek girl, but as her high school graduation approaches, she finds she has an unwelcome guest in her mind: <>the text parser.
Narrating her life like it’s a classic adventure game (cough Zork cough), the text parser forces her to interact with the world through a series of a typewritten commands: Finish school.
Go to party.
Fall in love.

At first it’s pretty cool. It’s not easy making the transition from high school to college. It’s not easy dealing with roommates. It’s not easy being in a new relationship with her lifelong crush. Buffy makes some huge mistakes along the way, but the text-parser lets her fix all of them.

It’s like having superpowers…until the text parser won’t shut up.

Buffy is desperate to get rid of it, but no matter how many times she tries to restart or reset, the text parser won’t go away. Before long, her life starts to crumble: her friends grow apart, her roommates turn against her, and her boyfriend falls into a deep depression. Buffy’s life has become a game, but how can you win when there’s no final boss?
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So you want to be a writer? A Beginner’s Guide.

People have often said to me, “I’ve always wanted to be a writer, but I’ve never tried because … [insert excuse.]”

So you want to be a writer? Here's some Tips for Beginners.

If you’re one of those people, I totally understand where you’re coming from. 100%. For most of my life, I never thought it was possible for someone like me to write anything worth reading let alone be published until a major a-ha moment after being hospitalized with a migraine changed my mind. And now? I can tell you with complete certainty that yes, it is possible for you to be a writer because you have something no other person in the entire world has:

Your own unique voice. Continue reading

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Zoo Sketch Crawl Tomorrow and Bullet Journaling Workshop!

Happy Friday, everyone, I hope you have fantastic plans lined up for Memorial Day Weekend! I wanted to put out one last reminder about tomorrow’s…

Zoo Sketch Crawl!

When? Saturday May 27th from 10:00am to 1:00pm.

Where? Smithsonian’s National Zoo, Washington, DC

The Details from our website: Continue reading

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Monday Motivation

Need a little Monday morning motivation to get your fingers flying and WIP’s whipped into shape this week? Here’s some great words of wisdom from literary pros who know a thing or two:

It is our choices… that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – J.K. Rowling

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Ten Terrific Books for Writers

Whenever the topic of favorite books for writers comes up, I always mention the same ones over and over again. But they are timeless must-reads for anyone trying to finish their first manuscript, (or twenty-first,) and for those pursuing publication, either traditionally or through self-publishing. So here I go again with a list of my ten favorite books for writers. Feel free to include your favorites in the comments below and I’ll add them in a new post!

Oh and these are not in any particular order of favorites. That would be way too hard! Continue reading

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Upcoming Regional Events and Announcements

Happy Thursday, everyone! I know we post a lot about upcoming events here at As The Eraser Burns. That’s because there is always so much going on and we don’t want you to miss a thing! Plus there’s some great announcements worth sharing again. So pull out your calendars and get ready to give some congrats, because here we go!

Regional Announcements

Again, a huge welcome to Susanna Banwell, our region’s new critique coordinator! If you missed her previous Coffee & Conversation interview, check it out here. And many thanks to Loretta Carlson for her many years of hard work! Continue reading

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SCBWI Podcast: Season Two

Hey podcast lovers, have you heard the news about Season Two of the SCBWI Podcast being released on April 18th? Despite my total adoration for podcasts, I’ve only recently discovered this one and I’m now in the process of catching up. (Seeing Laurie Halse Andersen on the list made me squeal out loud, do not miss it!) Here’s the scoop from SCBWI headquarters: Continue reading

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The Merry Month of May!

Happy Wednesday! May is here! Time for some literary merriment and whatnot.

Create more what?

More middle grade novels, of course! The best way to do that is by partaking in the wild and crazy May Mid-Grade Madness!

That meme is a little weird, but this sounds intriguing. Tell me more. Continue reading

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