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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Book 1: Kell the Alien
Book 2: Kell and the Horse Apple Parade
Book 3: Kell and the Giants
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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