Sunday, December 20, 2015

Peddles comes to town

Elizabeth Rose Stanton has a new book coming out––and is throwing a shindig to celebrate!

 Elizabeth writes, "I will be celebrating my latest picture book, PEDDLES (Simon & Schuster), at a launch party on FRIDAY, January 8 at 7pm at he University Bookstore (U District) in Seattle!
Suggested attire: striped socks and/or cowboy boots!

But wait, there's more! "Also, I'm super pleased to announce that both Peddles and Henny will be published in Mandarin Chinese this coming year! I don't have the exact pub dates yet, but they should be out before the end of next summer."

Great news, Elizabeth! See y'all at the University Book Store for the PEDDLES party and launch!

Oh, what a night! - part two

And then there was Joni.
(Yes, she's in shadow. But, one might argue, her power point was off the hook. Because, Joni.)

Joni Sensel, goddess of the liminal.
We came, we heard, we left with full bellies and brains.

Joni's presentation, the evening's main attraction, was a brilliant exploration of liminal settings in storytelling. By "liminal" Joni meant "transitional," from the Latin limen, or, literally, threshold. She carefully delineated the ways in which settings of stories can provide extra meaning or tension by placing scenes in transitional places: a car, the water's edge, a cliff, an elevator, etc. The dynamic of a scene when the characters are located in a semi-permanent setting sets off their own transformation, and so their quests/journeys are deepened.

In short, this was a heady, dizzy, and mind-blowing theme. We all spent about 15 minutes on our own works in progress using this idea and plugging it into our major scenes and conflicts. There certainly were some epiphanies crackling all around the auditorium.

We are so lucky to have Joni back, and luckier still that her brain opened up and let us have a peek at its machinations. It was a truly sensational talk, and it is sure to reverberate for attendees for months to come. Yes, folks, it was THAT GOOD.

So, yes, it was quite a night––celebratory, revelatory, and gustatory!

Oh, what a night! - part one

Last Wednesday night Demaray Hall was jumping! It was merry, it was lively, and crumbs were flying everywhere. After sampling the SEVENTEEN delectable offerings, judges Dana Arnim, Kevan Atteberry, and Emily Russin couldn't be reached for comment, as they were all too busy swigging from a giant milk carton and making no sense whatsoever.

Our annual Cookie Contest crowned two worthy winners:

For Most Beautiful Cookie, Kathy Manchip emerged victorious with her stunning Holly Jolly Iced Sugar Cookies. They tasted wonderful –  almost too beautiful to chomp into (but we did)! Congratulations, Kathy! Her beautiful recipe is below.
Holly Jolly Sugar Cookies

- A batch of sugar cookies using your preferred recipe. (I cut out rounds, but any shape with enough surface area would work well.)
- A batch of royal icing using your preferred recipe. (Leave most of it white and color a small amount green.)
- Small red sugar beads/balls. (You can get these at Jo-Ann's or online.)
- Two piping bags and two round tips, one larger and one small.

- Fill the piping bag with the royal icing, one color for each bag. Attach the tips, using the smaller round tip on the green bag.
- Pipe a border of the white royal icing onto the cookie, and flood it. There are many online videos for how to do this if you haven't tried it before.
- While the icing is still wet (it will form a crust pretty quickly, so work fast) and using the green icing, pipe a small, elongated blob onto the surface of the white icing. Do them at an angle to each other like the hands of a clock.
- Take your tooth pick and drag the edges of the green blob outward to create the spikes of the holly leaf.
- Also while the icing is still wet, drop three red sugar beads/balls onto the surface of the cookie where the leaves almost touch.

- Allow the royal icing to dry and harden for at least a few hours.

Too beautiful to eat? Kathy Manchip's Holly Jolly cookies.

Judge Atteberry with cookie artiste Kathy.

For Most Delicious Cookie, Lois Brandt's Giant Turtle Cookie confections were a huge hit. Here's the sinfully scrummy recipe:

Lois Brandt's Turtle Cookies made our taste buds sing!

Lois loves her new signed print by David Weisner!


1 c. all-purpose flour
1/3 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1/4 tsp. salt
8 T. (1 stick) butter, softened
2/3 c. sugar
1 large egg, separated, plus 1 additional egg white
2 T. milk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 c. pecans, finely chopped

Caramel Filling:
14 soft caramel candies (I used Kraft Traditional Caramels)
3 T. heavy cream

Chocolate Drizzle (optional):
2 oz. bittersweet chocolate (I used Ghirardelli baking chips)
1 tsp. shortening or butter


Prepare the Cookies: 

1.  Combine flour, cocoa, and salt; set aside.

2.  With electric mixer on medium-high speed, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add egg yolk, milk, and vanilla; mix until incorporated. Reduce speed to low and add flour mixture until just combined.

3.  Wrap dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, 1 hour.

4.  Whisk egg whites in a bowl until frothy.  Place chopped pecans in another bowl.  Roll chilled dough into 1 ½ inch balls, dip in egg whites, and then roll in pecans.  Place balls about 2 inches apart on a baking sheet. Using a 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, make an indentation in the center of each dough ball.  Note that the original recipe called for smaller 1 inch balls.  The caramel/chocolate ratio will be higher (it was too sweet for me). 1 inch balls gives you a batch of about 24 cookies.

5.  Bake at 350 degrees until set, about 15 minutes. (About 12 minutes for 1 inch cookies)

Prepare the Caramel Filling: 
6.  Microwave caramels and cream together in a small bowl, stirring occasionally, until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.

7.  Once cookies are removed from the oven, gently re-press the indentations.  Fill each indentation with about 1/2 teaspoon of the caramel mixture. Cool on the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. If you are going to use the drizzle, put waxed paper under the wire rack to catch stray chocolate.

Prepare the Chocolate Drizzle (optional): 
8.  Place chocolate and shortening in a small zip-top plastic bag.  Set bag in a bowl of warm water to soften.  Gently knead the chocolate with your fingers until melted and smooth, placing back in the warm water for a minute or two as needed. Make sure chocolate is well-kneaded, otherwise you get a constipated plastic bag.

9.  Snip a very small hole in the corner of the plastic bag.  Drizzle chocolate over your cooled Giant Turtle Cookies.

Makes about 12 2-inch cookies or 24 1-inch cookies.

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Wednesday Meeting!


In case you didn't recognize it, that's the sound of cookies. Being eaten. Potentially by YOU!

In case you didn't remember, it's THIS WEEK. Wednesday, December 16, to be exact.

In case you didn't read your email, the fabulous JONI SENSEL will be speaking about Setting!

In case you can't make it, fear not:We'll miss you! We will eat your cookies.


P.S. Don't forget to bring your books for the annual Book Exchange! Take as many as you bring, and let's rotate our collections. All leftover books will be given to charity.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

The Cookie Meeting is coming....

...and bringing the incredible JONI SENSEL with it!


It's less than a week away.

It's going to be fabulous.

It's going to send your taste buds into orbit.

It's going to challenge and inspire you.

It's going to be loud.

It's going to be fascinating.

It's going to involve a lot of crumbs.

It's going to involve a lot of friends.

It's going to be AMAZING.

What: SCBWI-WWA Monthly Programming Meeting
When: Wednesday, December 16 at 7pm (6:30 if you want more cookies!)
Where: Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall


Good news times TWO!

This has been a great week for two of our members, who've been honored in different ways:

First, Rory Shay, who is a newly settled SCBWI-WWA member from one year ago, just shared that a post she wrote on perseverance in publishing is up on the national SCBWI web page!  She writes, "It’s scary to know that so many people will now be able to see my terrifying tale of publishing, but hopefully it’ll help people too!" Welcome, Rory, and congratulations on your national spotlight!

And if that wasn't cool enough, Karen Meissner was selected Highlight's Author of the Month for her story, "An Honest Mistake," published in their November 2015 issue. It is the second time she has been so honored. Fantastic, Karen––and cheers to you on your latest recognition!

For members who have good news to share, please send it to us at the Chinook! It's going to be seen, appreciated, and celebrated. And, it will spread far and wide since our posts automatically end up posting on our SCBWI-WWA Facebook group page, which has members from all over the planet.
Please send all good news to Great news! Great work!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

This Thursday! Kid Lit Drinks!

Come one, come all! 

Eastsiders, this is especially for YOU!!

Come for cocktails, conversation, and community!

This Thursday, December 10.

Get out of this weather, get into the groove!

That is all.


Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Joni on location! Be there!

Spooky spaces... dangerous places… awe-inspiring locations. They’ve got something in common, and with a little insight, you can use that secret to make your stories and illustrations more gripping. Come to our Professional Series Meeting next Wednesday, December 16, when our featured speaker and amazing former Regional Adviser Joni Sensel will hand over a (slightly) magic secret to creating settings that will give your work extra oomph. 
Set the scene with Joni Sensel!
Just a few of the books she’ll be using as examples include The Dark by Lemony Snicket, The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, and The Man Who Walked Between the Towers by Mordicai Gerstein. If you already have these books at home, take another quick glance to see if you can spot what they have in common. (Which is pretty cool when you realize one is a fictional picture book, one is a novel, and one is nonfiction.) If not, several of these and other exemplary titles will be for sale that night by our pals at Secret Garden––so you can learn about that common magic and then pick up the books to see it in action yourself. (And grab some holiday gifts while you’re at it!)

Finally, a wee bit of advance prep will help you get the most of out the night, which is going to be partly discussion and partly a mini-workshop. So come with either a short list of your WIP’s most important settings or have those locations (and times) in mind.

Plus don’t forget it’s our annual cookie contest that night! Enter to win or just plan to enjoy your fellow creators’ labors! Cookies and magic — what more could you ask for this time of year?

Monday, December 7, 2015

Give the gift of writing!

Has your family started asking you what you want for the holidays?

Maybe you should start hinting about a novel revision class.

Lois Brandt’s novel revision class starts January 20th at Bellevue College (North Campus). 

Novel Re-Vision: Editing Your Manuscript for Story   
Tuesdays, January 11th – March 1st
6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Do you have a completed draft novel? Wondering what to do next? This class walks writers through the novel revision process. In-class exercises and critiques help students recognize the sections of their manuscripts that convey story and those that don’t. During the course students will compile a list of edits necessary to revise their novel. Prerequisite: a completed draft novel. Fee: $195.00

For more information, please follow this link to the Bellevue College website:

If you have any questions about whether this is the right class for you, please feel free to email Lois (

Friday, December 4, 2015

Friday: S is for Seattle!


Author Maria Kernahan and publisher Michael Schafbuch of Dry Climate Studios will be there tohelp celebrate the debut of our city's alphabet book, S IS FOR SEATTLE.

When: Friday, December 4 at 7pm
Where: Secret Garden Books

Monday, November 30, 2015

Book Launch Party Day: December 1!

SCBWI's new initiative, BOOK LAUNCH PARTIES, is up and running!


For those of you who missed it, all the Book Launch information can be explained HERE. In a nutshell, SCBWI is hosting a giant place on their site where authors/illustrators can share their recently published books with all of you. You can browse, celebrate, and, yes, purchase!

To join the parties-in-progress, peruse the numerous virtual shelves, and buy some prezzies while you're at it, click right into all the fun at

We. Can't. Contain. Our. Excitement. And hey––there might be some familiar names and books in the fray, so take your time and scroll carefully. Happy Launching, all!

Three, Two, One....


Highlights master class info

Great information, passed along by Joni Sensel:

Darcy Pattison is going to be teaching a Master Class in Novel Writing next summer at Highlights Foundation. In order to attend, writers must be published or have attended one of my novel revision classes. For this first time, the topics are plot and point of view. I'm just contacting some people from previous retreats to start letting them know because the class is limited to only 8 people. Please pass along the info as you like.


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Secret Garden Books and Page Ahead

Christy at Secret Garden Bookstore wanted me to relay a message to SCBWI members about an offer to support the Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program.
If you missed the Ballard Gives Black Friday event, The Secret Garden Bookshop will be extending their offer of 20% off of books purchased as donations to Page Ahead Children's Literacy Program for an additional two weeks!

 Please consider giving back to those who need books most!

Thanks for your consideration,

Secret Garden Books


Attention, Weekend on the Water-ers!

Weekend on the Water Retreat Participants, please fill out that survey!

We sent out a survey to you on November 20  asking for your feedback on this year’s retreat. We use your responses to plan next year’s retreat, so please take a moment to answer the 10 multiple choice questions.

The survey closes at midnight on Monday, November 30!

Your feedback is REALLY IMPORTANT - take a few minutes right now!

Thanks so much!

Parkplace Books: celebration before relocation

The beloved bookstore in Kirkland invites one and all to their annual holiday bash, this coming Saturday!

To all the wonderful authors
        that have supported us over the last 29 years, 
     we wish to say thanks and invite you to our (last?)
               Friday, December 4th     7:00 – 9:00 pm
“Tis the season and you are invited to our last *(in this location) Holiday Bash and Benefit!
Please join us for an evening of merriment and good cheer as we celebrate the holiday season.
Munch on tasty goodies and imbibe in wassail while you visit with friends, customers and fellow authors.
Tap your toes to jazzy Holiday music by Ostgard and Allen. 
Gift a Book or Food item!
Donate any new children’s book to Santa’s Sleigh or food item in the Gift. 
Attain Housing will distribute these items to Eastside families in need. 
Remember, your donation can make a difference.
Happy Holidays, Rebecca and Mary 
*Due to the upcoming renovation of Parkplace Center,
we will be closing our current doors on December 24th.
Our hoped for move to a new location is still in the works
but we will keep everyone up to date as details become more firm.
RSVP to or call 425-828-6546
Parkplace Books
348 Parkplace Center
Kirkland, Wa.  98033

December events!

Tuesday, December 1

Julie Bayless, Roar! (PB)
University Bookstore, U District, 11AM

Friday, December 4

Last event in their current location!
Holiday bash and benefit: give a gift of food or books
RSVP to or call 425-828-6546

Julie Bayless, Roar! (PB)

Third Place Book Store, Ravenna, 7PM

Saturday, December 5

HUGO HOUSE: WRITE-O-RAMA! 11AM registration, $45 fee
1634 11th E, Seattle

Jill Brazier, and Marcio Diaz: Dosey Book/The Caravan of Colors Benefit Event: The Traveler’s (new location) 256 Winslow Way E., Bainbridge Island, 11AM–3PM

Story Time: Lisa Mantchev, Strictly No Elephants (PB) University Bookstore, U District, 11AM

Book Launch! Lisa Mantchev, Sugar Skulls (YA) University Bookstore, U District, 6PM

Wednesday, December 16

Featuring Joni Sensel and our Annual Cookie Contest
Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall, 7PM (earlier if you want cookies!)

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

December meeting: JONI! COOKIES!




Our most crowded meeting of the year (did someone say COOKIES??) features our former RA Joni Sensel, who is now returned to the Pacific Northwest after earning her MFA. Hooray!

Concerning Cookies:

Make at least one dozen cookies. (2 dozen is puh-LENTY.)
Please bring them before 6:30pm. You will be directed to the setup area.
Label them with your name and the cookie's name.
Always: Points will be given for presentation!
Winner will receive PRIZES. FAME. GLORY! 
Contest closes at 7pm, so that the judges' tasting may commence.

 Get baking! The judges are getting HUNGRY!

Boffo! Pow! November Meeting!

Our November Meeting last Wednesday was chock full of information and fun. 

Jeff James presented on DIY book trailers, using simple and free tools, like your cell phone and iMovie. We left with knowledge of how to plan and create a book trailer. Jeff demonstrated how to incorporate audio, transition scenes and walked us through his process. He stressed connecting the emotional impact of your short film to pacing, and reminded us to leave them wanting more. Check out one of his book trailers, and see more of his work.

Dana Sullivan and Vicki Legman showed us how to make a successful school visit. Vicki gave us tips on engaging the audience, body language, crowd control and pacing your presentation. Dana wore his official school uniform - bunny slippers - and demonstrated his presentation for his picture book Kay Kay’s Alphabet Safari. Get there early, be yourself (only BIGGER) and have a POW ending, people. And remember, school visits are the reason we write and illustrate children’s books: so we can spend time with kids. Check out Dana’s website, and learn more about Vicki’s consulting practice

See you in December!

Monday, November 16, 2015


Well, well, well....

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18th is almost upon us! 

What's in store during this gloomy, wet, pre-Turkey week?

Come in from the rain. Come in from the cold. Come on in and GET INSPIRED, HAVE A LAUGH, and GATHER WITH YOUR PEOPLE. 

See you there!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

My, what big feet you have!


Please join author Eric Ode and illustrator Jaime Temairik for a swell celebration in honor of the birth of their picture book, BIGFOOT DOES NOT LIKE BIRTHDAY PARTIES.

The book.

The illustrator.

The author.

WHEN: Sunday, November 15 at 3pm
WHERE: Queen Anne Avenue Books, 1811 Queen Anne Ave. N., Seattle

It's going to be big, it's going to have ten toes (or more), and things might get a little hairy...but in a good way. There will be a reading, there will be games, there will be prizes. And pie. Oh, yes!

Friday nite frights: Tyler's book launch!

A message from illustrator Tyler Parker:

This is Tyler Parker. I'm an SCBWI WWA member and I wanted to share an event with you that I'll be doing––on Friday night! 


On FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13th at 7pm I will be having a book signing and launch party for the latest book I illustrated, I WANT TO EAT YOUR BOOKS, written by Karin LeFranc (Sky Pony Press) at Secret Garden Books in Ballard.

Thanks so much, and I hope to see you all there!





WHEN: Friday, November 13 at 7pm

WHERE: Secret Garden Books, Ballard

Monday, November 9, 2015

Reminder for illustrators!

Reminder: Submit to SCBWI for display at the Bologna Book Fair

A portfolio of SCBWI illustrator members' work will be on display at the SCBWI Showcase during the next Bologna Book Fair (April 4–7, 2016) and available for browsing by publishers, agents and other attendees from across the world. In addition, there will be an online gallery of submissions.
* Submit your illustration to be considered for this opportunity BY NOVEMBER 15, 2015 *
For the complete details, click here.

Sunday, November 8, 2015


Please ignore the previous post that went out regarding this event! 

Here is the REAL stuff, with upcoming events happening

 Find a library nearest you,
and bask in our region's literary talent!

Tomie de Paola Award: deadline Dec 1!

It's coming: by DECEMBER 1, 2015, you should submit your work for the annual Tomie de Paola Illustrator Award, given annually to an illustrator of promise chosen by the master himself. The lucky winner will receive a fully paid trip to the NYC Conference in February 2016, as well as accommodations. And, you'll be featured in the Portfolio Showcase.

For this year's PROMPT, click here.

For all the REST OF THE DETAILS, click here.

Kid Lit Drinks: Friday November 13!

Weekend on the Water! 
Open-door Kid Lit Drink Night for anyone who wants to join! 
What's not to love?

Hope to see you all there, where you, too, can schmooze our amazing faculty and join your fellow SCBWI folk for a laugh, a toast, and even a nugget of advice...or two!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Write This! Draw This!

Take a break from NaNoWriMo and PiBoIdMo and dive into the December challenge for Write This! and Draw This! 
December’s prompt for both is “A Sleigh Ride from Hell.” Submissions are due the 20th of each month for the illustration prompt and the of 15th each month for the writing prompt. All submissions are featured on the SCBWI website. Click on the links below.

And: Check out the illustrators’ November Gallery for the prompt, Reflection, and the writer’s gallery for the prompt “a stranger enters…"

November Meeting 101: 11/18

Guess what?

It's that time again––our monthly gathering. This month, in honor of giving thanks, we gratefully anticipate our two presentations: Book Trailers 101 and School Presentations 101. With such honored guests as Jeff "Take Two" James and the dynamic duo of Dana "Quick Draw McGraw" Sullivan and his wife Vicki "I'm Missing From the Picture, but Am Going to Blow Your Socks Off" Legman, it's going to be quite the night. (Bunny slippers optional.)

Jeff James 101: The illustrator of the Anatolia Steppe books by Melissa Mahle and Kathryn Dennis, (SpyGirls Press) knows a thing or two about a trailer or two. View his trailer for Book 1: LOST IN PETRA  HERE.  Also, check out his fantastic art HERE.

Dana Sullivan & Vicki Legman 101: Dana will show you how he keeps the kids and teachers riveted (whether or not you’re an illustrator) and some tricks on getting the gigs in the first place. In addition to 28 years of conducting communication workshops aimed at improving individual, team and organizational effectiveness, Vicki has been married to Dana for 34 years, so she knows a thing or two about (presentations and) patience. Dana is the author/illustrator of OZZIE AND THE ART CONTEST and KAY KAY'S ALPHABET SAFARI, and the illustrator of the DIGGER AND DAISY series and two sets of Bob Books. 

See y'all there––trust us, you'll thank yourself for coming!!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

PW's Best Books of 2015

The first round of year-end best lists is upon us! (Yes, I know! The year is almost over!)
And...hooray to all! Cheers to Martha Brockenbrough, whose GAME OF LOVE AND DEATH is on Publishers Weekly's Best of 2015 YA list.

For the entire PB-through-YA roll call, please click HERE. (Click on the tabs at the top of the page for each category separately.)

Congratulations to all, and a special round of applause to everyone who published a book this year, listed or not. Your work is so worthy and important! May 2016 be equally productive!

Tina's tantalizing offer

Call for Illustrators!

SCBWI WWA needs YOU to design banner and slide images for our monthly programming. We’ll need two versions: one for the website, including “click for details” and one for Chinook (no “click” needed). Finished illustrations need to be ready to go two weeks before our events, at the beginning of the month the illustration is intended for. Want to work further out? Awesome.

This opportunity will give your work exposure on the SCBWI website, to the membership attending events AND take the burden off of our hard-working RA, Dana Sullivan. The first event needed is our December meeting which will feature “Here Abide Monsters, Using the Magic of In-Between Settings” with Joni Sensel, AND our cookie contest.

Take a look at the season overview or complete meeting details. If you want to take on this challenge, please email Tina  directly for confirmation and details. 

We are looking forward to seeing your work!

November events galore

YA = young adult
MG = middle grade
ER = easy reader
PB = picture book
NF = nonfiction

GN = graphic novel

Nov 1–30
NaNoWriMo AND PiBoIdMo!!

Nov 2, 7PM
Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff, Kendare Blake, Shawn Speakman, Illuminate, Ungodly, The Dark Thorn (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Nov 3, 7PM
Shannon Messenger, Neverseen, Keeper of the Lost Cities (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Nov 5, 7PM
Christy Lynn Anana, Finder of Lost Things (MG)
University Bookstore, Mill Creek

Nov 5, 7PM
David Levithan, Another Day (YA)
University Bookstore, U-District

Nov 6, 6:30PM
Gary D. Schmidt, Orbiting Jupiter (MG)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Nov 7, 6:30PM
Karen Kincy, Storms of Lazarus (YA)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Nov 7, 11AM
Chelsea Clinton, It’s Your World, Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going (MG NF)
University Bookstore, U-District

Nov 10, 7PM
Mockingbird Books: RSVP needed!

Nov 14, 10AM
Nov 15, 11AM
Samantha Vamos, Alphabet Trains! (PB)
University Bookstore sponsored: The Great Train Show at PUYALLUP FAIRGROUNDS

Nov 17, 7PM
Dori Hillestad, The Hunted Library: The Ghost at the Fire Station (ER)
Third Place Books, Lake Forest Park

Nov 18, 7PM
Mini-session: Making book trailers with Jeff James
Main session: School presentations with Dana Sullivan and Vicki Legman
Seattle Pacific University, Demaray Hall

Nov 21, 1PM
From NaNoWriMo to Self-Published: An Author Panel
King County Library, Kirkland Branch

Nov 22, 3PM
Laurie B. Arnold, Hello There, We’ve Been Waiting for You!  (MG)
Seattle Public Library, Magnolia Branch

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Inside Story: A 2015 Extravaganza!

The Society of Children's Book Writers & Illustrators 

invites you to attend our 

Fall 2015 Inside Story 

Tuesday, November 10 at 7pm

Mockingbird Books, Seattle
7220 Woodlawn Ave NE, Seattle WA 98115

We hold this celebration twice a year so booksellers, librarians, teachers, and other children's book lovers can hear the "stories behind the stories" of new and upcoming books by our local authors and illustrators.
In addition to hearing these delightful two-minute stories, you’ll have the opportunity to win many prizes, including books by our fabulous presenters: Nina Laden, Dan Richards, Jennifer Longo, Erik Brooks, Stacey R. Campbell, Elizabeth Rose Stanton, Bonny Becker, Eric Ode, Suzanne Williams, Jaime Temairik, Trudi Trueit, Julie Paschkis, Elizabeth Thieme, Robin Cruise, Steven Henry, Dori Hillestad Butler, Dana Sullivan and Samantha Vamos.


SCBWI Crystal Kite Award Presentation . . .

. . . to our own Laurie Thompson for her fantastic book, BE A CHANGEMAKER: How To Start Something That Matters (Simon Pulse)!

The Crystal Kite Awards are given by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators to recognize great books from the seventy SCBWI regions around the world. Along with the SCBWI Golden Kite Awards, the Crystal Kite Awards are chosen by other children’s book writers and illustrators, making them the only peer-given awards in publishing for young readers.


Please invite your book-loving friends and send your RSVP to Mockingbird Books:

Please join us! Hope to see you there!

Deb Lund
SCBWI Inside Story Chair

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Let's do LAUNCH!

Hear ye, hear ye––

Check out SCBWI's new Book Launch Party!

How it works: If you have a book that came out any time in 2015, purchase a page for a fee of $25. If you'd like SCBWI to design it (rather than using their easy templates), you pay a larger fee of $100. By the end of this week, SCBWI will have a video up on their site that walks members through the process of designing their page. 

This is a completely amazing way to promote your book. By purchasing a page, you'd have creative free reign over its content, design, sass, theme, etc. Your book will appear alongside the launch pages of more than 25 best-selling authors/illustrators who are also launching their books with this online tool. 

The skinny: You have approximately one month to design your page before the Launch Party's page birthday on December 1.  We're digging for more information, such as how long the pages will stay live. For any questions or clarifications in the meantime, you can call the national SCBWI office (323-782-1010) and ask for Sarah or Kayla.  

The bottom line(s): Launch Party Day is December 1, 2015. SCBWI asks that everyone who is participating Tweet (#SCBWIBLP) and Facebook about it. Of course, you can always link your launch page in any social media. They’d like December 1 to be a Red Letter Day in the children’s book industry, with a ton of traffic heading to our Launch Party site. So please let us help other members and book industry people know.

How to get there: To get your own page on the SCBWI Launch Party website, log into SCBWI with your password, and then CLICK on the purple sidebar that says MY BOOK LAUNCH PARTY.  Away you go! 

Stay tuned––there is sure to be a lot of information to follow. In the meantime, try not to freak out with excitement!

Monday, October 26, 2015

Hooray for Liz!

Shout out to Liz Wong, featured illustrator on the SCBWI website for October. We are so excited about her picture book, Quackers, coming from Penguin Random House in March 2016. She's definitely an illustrator to watch!

Congratulations, Liz!


"Definitions," by Deb Lund:

Kidlit—Doodlers and scribblers who haven't quite grown up, immerse themselves in creating stories and/or art for babies through young adults, which are mostly bought by other adults who haven't quite grown up either.

NaNoers—Bizarre individuals who procrastinate on their self-given writing deadlines only to force themselves to give up showers, food, and friends for the entire month of November, call it National Novel Writing Month, and use peer pressure in order to catch up on their word count. And then they call it a novel.

PiBoIdMoers—More the fluffy bunny type who try out Picture Book Idea Month in order to get away from fluffy bunnies, especially those coming from Langley.

NaNoPiBoMukilKickoff—If you can't figure that out, you'll never make it there or know what it's about. But come anyway. We'll fill you in.

Please join us for the second annual NanoPiBoMukilKickoff! Write, create, list, and/or eat and drink in the company of other kidlit writers!

 Eat, Drink, and Be....Very Productive!

WHEN: Sunday, November 1 from 1–5pm 
WHERE: Diamond Knot Craft Brewing (621 Front Street, Mukilteo, WA 98275) 

Northern Network November meeting

It’s All About Your Presence

This meeting's all about web presence. Does your website represent
you? Are you gathering followers, and managing your ability to
connect with them? How do you create a web presence that shows your talent, but protects your work? When it comes to images, how do you size them for sharing, and can you watermark them--or should you?
Sarah Valeos will discuss these topics, and answer your questions this November meeting.

Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Location: Barnes & Noble, Bellingham (4099 Meridian Street)
Questions? Call Rebecca Van Slyke at (360) 354-5797, or email at [That’s rebecca(underscore)vanslyke(at)hotmail(dot)com.]

Writer/illustrator mentors wanted!

Hello, SCBWI of Western WA:
I teach a career choices class at Chief Sealth High School.  I am looking for an illustrator and/or writer to host a few students for an hour and a half for each student. Students could meet writers and illustrators on our campus or students could meet them where ever it would be convenient.  The class focuses on job readiness and career exploration. I have a few students who are really interested in illustration and writing.  
Thank you!
Diane White-Shaw
Chief Sealth International High School
Seattle, WA