I thought that SCBWI members who are going to the NYC conference in January might want to know about Alaska Airlines' screaming good Hot Deals on Ice airfare sale. It's only $100 each way to Newark (which is a great airport to fly into to get to NYC)! Here's the link for the deal.
Today is the last day to answer our November Monthly Question! Click here to see the post, and answer the question. We'll have the answers up tomorrow with December's Question!!!
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Monday, November 29, 2010
Sunday, November 28, 2010
Saturday, November 27, 2010
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
- Registration for our 20th Annual Writing and Illustrating for Children Conference on April 16-17, 2011 in Redmond, Washington.
- One 10-minute manuscript, dummy, or art sample consultation with the conference faculty member of YOUR CHOICE (Choose from five editors, four agents, an art director, and a variety of authors and illustrators). *
- 1 year of regional programming with a subscription for The Chinook, our quarterly newsletter full of articles, advice, marketing information, and more!
- SCBWI WWA's Nuts & Bolts, A booklet full of writing & illustrating answers, encouragement, resources, etc.
- A gift pack of miscellaneous SCBWI merchandise!
- And chocolate.
Monday, November 22, 2010
It's almost time for one of my favorite days of the year! Write-o-rama!
Sunday, November 21, 2010
"I later spoke to Conrad Rippy, a veteran publishing attorney, who explained that the contract given to me wasn’t a book-packaging contract; it was “a collaboration agreement without there being any collaboration.” He said he had never seen a contract like this in his sixteen years of negotiation. “It’s an agreement that says, ‘You’re going to write for me. I’m going to own it. I may or may not give you credit. If there is more than one book in the series, you are on the hook to write those too, for the exact same terms, but I don’t have to use you. In exchange for this, I’m going to pay you 40 percent of some amount you can’t verify—there’s no audit provision—and after the deduction of a whole bunch of expenses.” He described it as a Hollywood-style work-for-hire contract grafted onto the publishing industry—“although Hollywood writers in a work-for-hire contract are usually paid more than $250.”
Saturday, November 20, 2010
More than twelve years of experience making products for children—books, toys, games, and puzzles—has given our special guest speaker, Liz Mills, a unique insight into the business as both a writer and an editor.
She’s sat on both sides of the desk, hiring authors and illustrators and selling her own work. And she’s also watched the picture book market evolve and transform from a small section of retro classics to an explosion of color, creativity, and voice across bookstore walls.
How do we navigate such a vast market? How do authors and illustrators work together and what is the role of an editor? Will our stories make a splash in an ocean of bestsellers? Are picture books rapidly becoming a thing of the past?
Liz looks forward to hearing your thoughts and questions and discussing the wild and wonderful world of picture-book publishing!
Please join us for an encouraging evening as we tackle these questions and more.
No RSVP required. Questions or comments? Please contact Angelina Hansen: firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you there!
Angelina C. Hansen
Northern Network Coordinator
SCBWI Western Washington
Friday, November 19, 2010
Wikipedia's definition: For a text to be considered creative nonfiction, it must be factually accurate, and written with attention to literary style and technique. “Ultimately, the primary goal of the creative nonfiction writer is to communicate information, just like a reporter, but to shape it in a way that reads like fiction"
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
Author Heather Davis will be here to meet the club and discuss her book THE CLEARING at our November meeting, Wednesday, November 17, at 6:30 p.m. (technically the second-Wednesday-of-the-month, this time, due to Thanksgiving). Her previous book is NEVER CRY WEREWOLF.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Glass Cases is a blog run by Sarah LaPolla who is an associate agent at Curtis Brown. NIGHT CRIMES is a story which Mindy wrote during the Seattle SCBWI workshop with Noa Wheeler. Noa prompted us to write "things are not as they seem," through the eyes of a minor character in our stories.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Jennifer has posted more information on her blog too.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
November 17, at 7 p.m. at Third Place Books, The Book Doctors, aka Arielle Eckstut & David Henry Sterry, authors of the Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published will present: Pitchapalooza!
It's American Idol for books - only without Simon. Writers get a shot to pitch to a panel of publishing experts. But they only get one minute. Afterwards, the judges critique everything from idea to style to potential in the marketplace and much, much more. It's educational & entertaining. The winner gets a free consultation & a chance to jump start their book career. Arielle and David have taught everywhere from Stanford to the Miami Book Festival to the world famous Stand Bookstore. They have helped dozens & dozens of talented writers become published authors.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Monday, November 8, 2010
Our Professional Series Meetings take place at Seattle Pacific University - Demaray Hall, Room 150. Registration at 6:45 p.m., program at 7:00 p.m. Visit the SCBWI Western Washington website for more information about the sessions; including costs, maps, and directions.
Saturday, November 6, 2010
Have a young adult novel—or a YA novel idea—tucked away for a rainy day? Are you putting off pitching your idea simply because you’re not sure how to pitch an agent? No problem! All you have to do is submit the first 250 words of your novel and you can win both exposure to editors, and a reading of your manuscript from one of New York ’s TOP literary agents Regina Brooks.
Regina Brooks is the founder of Serendipity Literary Agency and the author of Writing Great Books for Young Adults. Brooks has been instrumental at establishing and building the careers of many YA writers, including three-time National Book Award Honoree and Michael Printz Honoree Marilyn Nelson, as well as Sundee Frazier—a Coretta Scott King Award winner, an Oprah Book Pick and an Al Roker book club selection. As an agent, she is known for her ability to turn raw talent into successful authors.
ADDITIONALLY: The top 20 submissions will all be read by a panel of five judges comprised of top YA editors at Random House, Scholastic, Candlewick, Harlequin, Sourcebooks and Penguin. The first 100 will receive free autographed copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks. Of the 20, they will pick the top five submissions and provide each author with commentary. These five winners will also receive a free ONE YEAR subscription to The Writer magazine. ONE Grand Prize Winner will win a full manuscript reading and editorial consultation from Regina Brooks and free 10-week writing course courtesy of the Gotham Writer’s Workshop.
Please submit all entries via the contest website. One entry per person; anyone age 13+ can apply. Open to the U.S. & Canada (void where prohibited). Entries for the YA Novel Discovery Contest will be accepted from 12:01 a.m. (ET) November 1 until 11:59 p.m. (ET), November 30.
NOVEMBER is NaNoWriMo, and in honor of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.org)—an international event where aspiring novelists are encouraged to write an entire novel in 30 days—this contest is meant to encourage the aspiring YA author to get started on that novel by offering an incentive for completing the first 250 words.
So apply now here!
GREAT PRIZES: The Grand Prize Winner will have the opportunity to submit an entire manuscript to YA literary agent Regina Brooks AND receive a free, 10-week writing course, courtesy of Gotham Writers' Workshop.
The Top Five Entrants (including the Grand Prize winner) will receive a 15-minute, one-on-one pitch session with Regina Brooks, one of New York ’s premier literary agents for young adult books. They will also receive commentary on their submissions by editors at HarperCollins, Penguin, Harlequin, Random House, and Sourcebooks. In addition, they will receive a year’s subscription to The Writer magazine!
The Top 20 Entrants will receive autographed copies of Writing Great Books for Young Adults by Regina Brooks.
JUDGING: YA literary agent Regina Brooks and her team , will read all of the entries and determine the top 20 submissions. These submissions will then be read by Nancy Mercado, Executive Editor at Roaring Brook Press (Macmillan); Nicole Raymond, Editor at Candlewick; Cheryl Klein, Senior Editor at Arthur Levine Books (Scholastic); Leila Sales, Editor Viking (Penguin) Evette Porter, Editor at Harlequin and Leah Hultenschmidt, Executive Editor at Sourcebooks. These judges will whittle the top 20 down to five, and each of the five winners will be provided commentary on their submissions
Friday, November 5, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Kevan Atteberry, our own SCBWI Art and Design Editor, has a booksigning coming up this Saturday November 6, from 2-6 p.m. at Bellevue Art & Frame for Tickle Monster. He'll be signing with the author, Josie Bissett. Here's a link to the event. You can find out more about Kevan, and his work, at his website.
Secret Garden Books is hosting Laurie Halse Anderson's only public event in Washington. Laurie's new book, FORGE, is the long-awaited follow-up to National Book Award finalist and Newbery Honor book CHAINS. You can find out more about Laurie, and her work, at her website.
Event details are:
Ballard Branch Monday, November 8, 2010, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
5614 22nd Ave. N.W.
Seattle , WA 98107
You can visit Secret Garden's website link for more information.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Who can't use lots of Good News!! We've got many talented and amazing SCBWI Western Washington members! It's a Good News party!!!
Congratulations to Lois V. Harris! Cowboys & Indians Magazine reviewed CHARLIE RUSSELL: TALE-TELLING COWBOY ARTIST book in their December issue (Holiday Gift Guide, Kids’ Bookstall). Visit Lois's website to find out more about her books!
In addition to that news, CHARLIE RUSSELL: TALE-TELLING COWBOY ARTIST book has also made the Accelerated Reader List of Renaissance Learning! Here's the listing!
A big yahoo for Curtis Manley! He received a Letter of Commendation from SCBWI's Barbara Karlin Grant committee for his picture book manuscript THE CRANE GIRL. The story is a retold version of the Japanese folktale about a crane who takes human form out of love for the person who saved her life. Integral to his retelling are haiku in the voices of each of the characters.
SCBWI's announcement is on their website.
Hip Hip Hooray for Anne Belov! One of her cartoons, The Panda Ranch Experience, appears in Henry Nicholls new book, THE WAY of the PANDA (published by Profile Press in Great britain, publication date September 30, 2010).
And last but not least, here's a big Woo Hoo for Elizabeth Blake! She has an illustration that is being published in the U.S. and at least one other country. The illustration is called "Life is Fragile".
The idea was to make an image to remind families to use child safety seats. It is being used in Washington state as a poster, it is in process of becoming a booklet. It is being used by hospital nurseries and pediatric clinics in Washington, in child safety seat programs in the U.S. and Guam.
You can find out more about Elizabeth's work on her website.
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Ann Teplick will be reading at Richard Hugo House on Wednesday November 3, 7-9 p.m. from a new and first collection of poetry, THE BEAUTY OF A BEET: Poems from the Bedside, funded by Seattle Office of Arts and Cultural Affairs, 4Culture, and Hugo House.
Joining Ann will be writers Esther Altshul Helfgott, Courtney Putnam and Richard Gold, all reading on the theme of loss and grace, with a hint of wit.
For more information on the event visit the Hugo House website.
Stop by the Northeast Branch of the Seattle Public Library at 6 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, November 2) for a fun party celebrating Holly Cupala’s TELL ME A SECRET, put on by the Teen Advisory Group! Here is the library's info page about the event.
The TAG group has been hard at work putting together decorations, a program, and other fun TMAS surprises - and Holly’s own surprise, how about a batch of her favorite cookies...? Holly says she wrote much of the book at this very library and is thrilled to be welcomed by the librarians and such a terrific group of teens.
Here are the details:
Seattle Public Library - Northeast Branch
Tuesday, November 2nd 6-7:30 pm
6801 35th Ave. N.E.
Holly Cupala will also be at the Port Angeles Main Library on Friday, November 5, at 3:30pm for a TELL ME A SECRET event!
to be Friday, November 5 at 3:30 p.m. Holly will do a reading, chat about writing secrets, and maybe even tell you about her embarrassing Sol Duc Hotsprings adventure.
Port Angeles Library – Main Branch
Friday, November 5, 3:30 p.m.
2210 South Peabody Street
Port Angeles, WA
360-417-8502 or email@example.com
You can go to Holly's website for more information about Holly, and her work (including the title for her second book!).
Monday, November 1, 2010
NaNoWriMo is National Novel Writing Month. It's a fun, seat-of-your-pants approach to novel writing. Participants begin writing November 1. The goal is to write a 175-page (50,000-word) novel by midnight, November 30. Last year there were 167,150 participants and 32,178 winners, with 2,427,190,537 words officially logged during the 2009 event. When you sign up you can find your region, support, get emails, and more! Last year the SCBWI WWA had a NaNoWriMo group on Facebook! As someone who successfully participated last year, I'd encourage you to check it out! It's fun, it gets you writing, and it's free!!
For more information visit the NaNoWriMo website.
Attention all SCBWI Western Washington members, and Chinook Update readers. The Chinook Update will be featuring a monthly question for YOU to answer! We'll post a question at the beginning of each month, and ask that you leave us a comment with your answer. We'll be posting your answers at the end of the month.
We want to know more about you; your writing process, preferences, wisdom, and such! We're a community of writers, and we want to know more about who's out there!
Our first question is about your writing location preference~
"I like to write at _______, because ______."
Let us know where you like to write, and why!! Happy writing!