Monday, February 28, 2011
Sunday, February 27, 2011
Which illustrators or artists do you admire the most? Why?Oh, goodness. Mo Willems' books are genius, pure and simple. I never get tired of that pigeon. I also have a copy of Peter Brown's The Curious Garden next to my drawing table. That book is so beautiful it makes me almost physically sick (that's a compliment). It has such a subdued, beautiful color palette. I also love No, David! by David Shannon- another deceptively simple tale, but that always gives me goosebumps by the end. And Beverly Cleary depicts childhood with such stunning honesty. And, and, and...!
Saturday, February 26, 2011
Fremont Place Book Co., an independent bookstore in business since 1988, is closing. The store has been an important landmark and community asset in Fremont for 22 years and Henry Burton has been its loving owner it for the past 7.
The store's last day is tomorrow, Sunday, Feb. 27; there will be an open house that day from noon to 6 p.m. Everything, from books to shelves to fixtures, is on sale.
Please stop by to give Henry a hug and help celebrate all that is great about books, bookselling, and being part of a community. The store is at 621 N. 35th St., 206-547-5970, www.fremontplacebooks.com. Also see this article in the Seattle Times.
Friday, February 25, 2011
Here are more ways you can participate on their website:
1. Post your comments and raves about what you're reading on One Nightstand and tell other to do the same! All you have to do is click on "WHAT'S IN YOUR STACK?" and follow the prompts from there.
2. E-mail us blurbs, raves or reviews from NW independent booksellers that we can use in Face Out.
3. If you know of authors with new and forthcoming books who might want to write essays or be interviewed in our NW Voices section, you can let them know.
4. When you find interesting news or tidbits or blog posts by or about NW authors or bookstores or librarian, let them know and they might post them in our Regional Reprints section.
Thursday, February 24, 2011
The event is at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 27 at University Bookstore in Bellevue, 990 102nd Avenue Northeast.
You are eligible to participate as a presenter if you meet ALL of the criteria below:
- You are an SCBWI member at the PAL level or have signed up for SCBWI Western Washington's current regional programming;
- You live in the official Western Washington region. If you’re uncertain which region you’re in, please check online at scbwi.org using the "Search Members" feature, or email us and we’ll check for you.
- Your publisher is on SCBWI’s lists of recognized (traditional) publishers (found in the SCBWI Market Surveys or on the registration pages of the SCBWI website);
- Your book is released within four months before or three months after the event; AND
- Your book is readily available through normal trade channels (e.g., Baker & Taylor).
Click here for the Spring 2011 Inside story Application.
If you applied last time and didn't make the cut, please note that in your application. And if you don't hear from us within a week, please contact Martha (insidestory AT scbwi-washington.org).
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
Besides books, he writes screenplays, published articles, essays, short stories, newspaper columns, cartoons, and even greeting cards. Brent also teaches writing; you can follow him on Twitter (and get his patented Daily Writing Tips). He also occasionally joins the faculty at Vermont College in the MFA program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
Here's a Q & A question from a Writer's Digest Interview with Brent;
What is the most rewarding part of writing for the YA audience?
It is absolutely the response I get, which is just so honest and sincere and rewarding. I think adults are far less likely to really get excited about something. … For a teenager, it's an immediate, visceral thing, and the response is often so passionate and so emotional.
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Monday, February 21, 2011
SCBWI Western Washington's Northern Network extends an invitation to the group's March Schmooze:
Northern Network Schmooze
Wednesday, March 2, 7:00-9:00 pm
Barnes & Noble, Bellingham, Washington
“I Wrote It, Now How Do I Revise It?”
Do you struggle with revision or do you love it? No matter which camp you fall into, we encourage you to join us for a lively discussion about the art of revision. What are your favorite revision tips? What are your challenges? Bring along any information or links to articles you’ve found helpful.
WEATHER ALERT! If it's snowing or the roads are dangerous, the network coordinator will not be present. Please use good judgment when deciding if you will attend.
Questions? Contact Angelina Hansen: email@example.com
Hope to see you there!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Besides his Library of Congress-bestowed title of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Jon Scieszka is the author of many bestselling children's titles, including The STINKY CHEESE MAN, which won a Caldecott Honor medal. The series he’s here to launch Book 2 of, SPACEHEADZ, is more of a revolution than a book, really. Go to the series’ own site above to read all about it. You can find out more about the event at Secret Garden's website.
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Friday, February 18, 2011
Thursday, February 17, 2011
A group of teens ask you the best way to become a published writer. How do you answer the question?
I would tell them to keep writing, start every new idea, don’t worry about finishing them all. And as they write something, to imagine who they are writing for. If you imagine other teens reading your work, then show it to other teens. Be the coolest writer among all your friends, then your class, then your town, and so on and so forth. Also, seek out some criticism early, but not too much, and look to the books you love for inspiration.
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
First-round voting will last through the end of the month, then there'll be a run-off. All SCBWI members are eligible to vote.
You may notice that in our division, a few books have been listed twice, one immediately after the other. Technical glitch -- if that's a book you want to vote for, vote for either one and SCBWI staff will make sure the vote count is summed on the other end.
One more note: there's at least one book on the list under the author's SCBWI screen name, rather than her own name. The book title is still correct! (But this is a good reminder that published authors should generally eschew screen names and use their real names for promotional purposes.)
Tuesday, February 15, 2011
- The development of new work
- The interpretation of existing work
- The presentation of new work or collection of works
- Support professional development of an artist (e.g. workshop, conference, residency)
- Support the rental or purchase of materials or equipment that further the applicant's artistic development
Monday, February 14, 2011
Sunday, February 13, 2011
Don’t hold back from your passion. Too many folks get caught up in what the marketplace is supposedly looking for, and they lose sight of what they’re trying to write. That and read your drafts (Note the plural usage!) aloud for imperfections of language and cadence. It’s an old horse, but not done enough because it may take you days to finish—but the results are astounding.
Saturday, February 12, 2011
If you have great ideas that other SCBWI WWA folk can help with, feel free to leave those ideas in the comments or start a discussion at our next Kid Lit Pub Night!
Friday, February 11, 2011
You can't afford not to be informed on these points.
Read the first episode, "How Apple Saved Barnes & Noble. Probably."
Read the second episode, "E-book Royalty Math: The Big Tilt."
Read the third episode, "The E-book Royalty Mess: An Interim Fix."
We'll post links to any future episodes as they're available.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Most children can read, but "it takes a village to raise a child's desire to read," the site explains, "especially once that child hits age nine. Hence the so-called 'fourth-grade slump,' which if ignored can last through high school and beyond. It's our goal to support parents and mentors in helping youths become comfortable with reading. In today's information age, that's not an option; it's a key to success.Keen Readers includes interviews with literacy experts and young-adult authors around North America, articles, book reviews, writing contests for adults and youth, an ask-an-expert column, a message board for parental discussions and an extensive list of links to more sources on reluctant readers and adolescent literacy. Keen Readers also supports and donates books to reading-buddy programs across North America.
Tony Dirksen and Pam Withers met three years ago at a Great Critique session run by the Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators in Seattle, then began carpooling to SCBWI-WWA meetings together. They discovered a common interest in promoting teen literacy and thought up the idea for the foundation last fall. The website's "About Us" section mentions the SCBWI-WWA connection, and hundreds of press releases sent out with the launch also mentioned SCBWI as the original source for the collaboration.
The more I traveled around North America giving talks to schools about being an author, the more I felt that was not enough. I wanted to get more deeply involved in teen literacy," she said. "My only beef with Tony is that he spent the two weeks before our launch on his honeymoon in England. Luckily, he returned happy and fired up to grow our foundation, which we feel is needed.
I like authors who can make me laugh or cry, who can make me see the world in some new way--who make me want to leap to the phone to call them as soon as I've turned the last page. I also love authors who can do great action (very rare) and big stories that engage the intellect as well as the heart (also rare). Oh, and sharp, snappy commercial writing with a strong hook. But I also have a passion for beautiful, powerful language and therefore adore writers who can weave magic with their words (which means, yes, I will take on a literary novel if I have a strong enough belief in the author).
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
If you're a published author (with a book available through standard trade channels) who'd like the exposure or a chance to sell your latest title that week, contact Mary at 425-828-6546 or parkplacebooks (at) Integra (dot) net.
TechFemme recently predicted, "Kristen McLean is Going to Upset (ie., Fix) the Publishing Industry." . She's going to upset (ie., enlighten, and hopefully in a good way!) SCBWI Western Washington, too, when she visits Seattle. Mark your calendars now and register for a special SCBWI Western Washington presentation on Tuesday, March 15, from 7-9 p.m., where Kristen, former executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC), will share key findings from the 2010 ABC/Bowker Pubtrack Consumer Study of the Juvenile Book Market. The first direct consumer study of the book market, the findings shed light on some critical trends that are shaping today's changing children’s book industry, such as:
- Will books continue to be valued in the lives of children and teens?
- Are consumer attitudes towards books holding up against the flood of other media competing for market space?
- How are parents and children choosing what to read and buy?
- What role are children playing in book-buying decisions?
- Will there be readers to support this industry in the decades to come?
Just $20 to attend. For details and to register, click here.
Kristen McLean is the founder and CEO of Bookigee, an innovative tech startup for the publishing industry that connects authors & content creators, publishers, and consumers through a super-cool visualizing search platform. From 2005-2010, Kristen was the executive director of the Association of Booksellers for Children (ABC). Under Kristen’s leadership, ABC merged with its larger sister association, the American Booksellers Association (ABA) in 2011, where its work continues. Find out more her at website.
Monday, February 7, 2011
Tomorrow night is our February Professional Series Meeting. Our programming includes a mini-session with Amber Keyser, who will present LEARNING TO READ FOR AUTHORS AND ILLUSTRATORS, and our main session is with Wayne Ude, who is presenting WHILE THE CENTRAL PLOT SIMMERS: SUBPLOTS AND SECONDARY/SUPPORTING CHARACTERS.
Wayne asks that you bring a three-sentence description of a plot, whether an idea or something you’re working on, as well as three sentences (maximum) about each of the central characters. Wayne is the Whidbey Island Writers Association MFA program director, as well as author of a children’s book as well as adult short stories and a novel.
Meeting take place at Seattle Pacific University, Demeray Hall, Room 150. Registration is at 6:45 p.m., and the program begins at 7 p.m. For more information; including session descriptions, directions, and fees please visit our website monthly meeting page.
In your opinion , what are the top things every author should do and must do to promote their book?A random fact about Martha (taken from her website).
I think the most vital thing is to have a website—one that you regularly update, so that it never seems stale. Kids, teens, parents, librarians, booksellers, teachers will all google favorite authors to find out more about them!
This is particularly critical for aspiring illustrators, in my opinion. Most of my artist-hunting happens online. And “website,” can also mean blog.
It’s important that an author or artist’s online presence is one that THEY are comfortable with. This may be a regular website that they update once a month or so with news, etc. Or it may be a blog they update every day or once a week, or what-have-you.
After that, reaching out to your community and contacts and being available for appearances is great.
Before I realized children’s book editor was a job, I wanted to be a ballerina when I grew up. Or a writer (my best friend was going to be an illustrator, conveniently enough). Or a figure skater. Or a pediatrician.
You have a 2 week grace period to get your books registered, and voting will begin again on February 16, 2011. If you have already voted, you'll need to go back to the Crystal Kite tab at your Regional Home Page at that time to vote again.
How to Enter
All you need to do is log in to your SCBWI Member Profile, enter your book information on the "Publications" tab, and make sure that you've clicked the box that reads "Yes, I would like to submit this publication for Crystal Kite Awards nomination."
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Saturday, February 5, 2011
A member from San Juan Island wants to come and is looking for someone she could ride with. If that's you, contact Andrea at as4444 (at) centurytel (dot) net or at 360 378 9541.
More generally, if you'd like to arrange rideshares from either the driver's or riders' perspectives, you can try:
- Leaving info and your contact information for others in comments here on this post
- Coming to our monthly PSM meetings and asking there (we can announce your interest during the business meeting if you let us know when you arrive)
- Attending a Kid Lit Pub Night and finding someone to rideshare with there
- Posting on our Facebook page.
And don't forget that public transport is an option for some; detailed information about bus options is on the conference registration page on the Travel & Lodging tab.
Thursday, February 3, 2011
"E-books are great. They are wonderful. Anyone who tells you different is wrong. It's just a new avenue to get great stories out to kids and adults. It's like the Wild West right now, and we are still trying to figure it out. I do not believe e-books are going to eradicate the hardcover books. I know it will be difficult for booksellers, but I'm embracing it. And the iPad is going to be a great way to develop picture books. Digital publishing in general is not replacing things, its just a way to get more people reading."
Wednesday, February 2, 2011
In LaRue Across America, Ike's plans for a peaceful cruise with Mrs. LaRue are thwarted when their neighbor, Mrs. Hibbins, falls suddenly ill from heat stroke. Mrs. LaRue suggests that she and Ike care for her cats while Mrs. Hibbins is in the hospital, inviting them along on the cruise. But cats aren't allowed, and Mrs. LaRue decides to take them all on a week's vacation of road-tripping.
Join Mark Teague on this wonderful romp of a road trip across America's immediately recognizable tourist destinations. Teague masterfully drives us to the story's very satisfying ending through his hilarious text and slyly smart paintings.The author will read us his story and show us an illustration demo. He will also sign books available for sale at the event. Free.
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
- BIBLE KNOCK KNOCKS FROM THE BACK PEW, Mike Thaler, Zonderkidz
- BIBLE RIDDLES FROM THE BACKPEW, Mike Thaler, Zonderkidz
- CARMEN LEARNS ENGLISH, Judy Cox, Holiday House, Inc.
- CAT DIARIES, Erik Brooks, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
- CHARLIE RUSSELL: TALE-TELLING COWBOY ARTIST, Lois Harris, Pelican Publishing Company
- CHASING BROOKLYN, Lisa Schroeder, Simon Pulse (Simon & Schuster)
- CHURCH HARVEST MESTIVAL, Mike Thaler, Zonderkidz
- CINCO DE MOUSE-O!, Judy Cox, Holiday House, Inc.
- CONFESSIONS OF A FORMER BULLY, Trudy Ludwig, Tricycle Press
- COUGAR CUB TALES: I'M JUST LIKE YOU, Sharon Cramer, B & F Publishing
- COUGAR CUB TALES: LOST AND ALONE, Sharon Cramer, B & F Publishing
- DISASTERS: NATURAL AND MAN-MADE CATASTROPHES THROUGH THE CENTURIES, Brenda Z Guiberson, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
- EARTH: FEELING THE HEAT, Brenda Z Guiberson, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
- EPITAPH ROAD, David Patneaude, Egmont USA
- EXPECTATIONS FOR WOMEN: CONFRONTING STEREOTYPES, J Elizabeth Mills, Rosen Central
- FAIRVIEW FELINES: A NEWSPAPER MYSTERY, Michele Corriel, Blooming Tree Press
- FAITHFUL, Janet Fox, Puffin Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)
- FOR HORSE-CRAZY GIRLS ONLY, Christina Wilsdon (equiferus), Feiwel and Friends (Macmillan Publishers)
- FURLOCK AND MUTTSON MYSTERIES, Robin Koontz, ABDO Group
- HENRIETTA HORNBUCKLE' S CIRCUS OF LIFE, Michael de Guzman, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Inc.
- HOT PURSUIT: MURDER IN MISSISSIPPI, Craig Orback, Kar-Ben Publishing
- IT'S RAINING CUPCAKES, Lisa Schroeder, Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)
- JOURNEY INTO THE DEEP: DISCOVERING NEW OCEAN CREATURES, Rebecca L Johnson, Millbrook Press (Lerner Publishing Group)
- MILITARY LIFE: STORIES AND POEMS FOR CHILDREN, Julie LaBelle, Elva Resa Publishing
- MOON BEAR, Brenda Z Guiberson, Henry Holt Books for Young Readers
- MORE BEARS!, Kenn Nesbitt, Sourcebooks
- MY MOM'S DEPLOYMENT, Julie LaBelle, Elva Resa Publishing
- NORA AND THE TEXAS TERROR, Judy Cox, Holiday House, Inc.
- OTHER, Karen KIncy, Flux
- POLAR OPPOSITES, Erik Brooks, Marshall Cavendish Children's Books (Marshall Cavendish Corporation)
- PUDDLE MOON, Mari Gayatri Stein, River Wood Books
- ROLL UP THE STREETS!, John Bladek, KaneMiller
- SECRETS OF A LAB RAT: MOM, THERE'S A DINOSAUR IN BEESON'S LAKE, Trudi Strain Trueit, Aladdin (Simon & Schuster)
- SMELLS LIKE DOG, Suzanne Selfors, Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (Hachette Book Group USA)
- STABLEMATES: STORMY, J Elizabeth Mills, Cartwheel Books (Scholastic)
- TELL ME A SECRET, Holly Cupala, HarperCollins Children's Books
- THE AUTHOR FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Mike Thaler, Scholastic
- THE CAN MAN, Craig Orback, Lee & Low Books
- THE CLEARING, Heather Davis, Houghton Mifflin Books for Children (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
- THE DEAD BOYS, Royce Buckingham, G.P. Putnam's Sons (Penguin Young Readers Group)
- THE DRAGONS OF NOOR, Janet Lee Carey, Egmont USA
- THE EVERYTHING KIDS' EASY SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS BOOK, J Elizabeth Mills, Adams Media
- THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), Barbara Kerley, Scholastic Press
- THE FENCES BETWEEN US: THE DIARY OF PIPER DAVIS, Kirby Larson, Scholastic
- THE FREAK OBSERVER, Blythe Woolston, Carolrhoda Books (Lerner Publishing Group)
- THE GENETIC CODE, Phill Jones, Chelsea House (Infobase Publishing)
- THE KING'S 6TH FINGER, jolby, Self Published
- THE NAUGHTY LIST, Suzanne Young, Razorbill (Penguin Young Readers Group)
- THE NEST WHERE I LIKE TO REST, Dawn Babb Prochovnic, ABDO Group
- THE OTHER HALF OF MY HEART, Sundee Frazier, Delacorte Dell (Random House)
- THE SLIMY SCIENCE KIT FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Mike Thaler, Scholastic
- THE SOURDOUGH MAN, Chérie Stihler, Sasquatch Books
- THE SPOOKY WHEELS ON THE BUS, J Elizabeth Mills, Cartwheel Books (Scholastic)
- THE SUMMER VACATION FROM THE BLACK LAGOON, Mike Thaler, Scholastic
- THE TIGHTY-WHITEY SPIDER, Kenn Nesbitt, Sourcebooks
- THE TILTING HOUSE, Tom Llewellyn, Tricycle Press
- THE TIMEKEEPER'S MOON, Joni Sensel, Bloomsbury Children's Books
- THRESHOLDS, Nina Kiriki Hoffman, Viking Children's Books (Penguin Young Readers Group)
- VACATION BIBLE SNOOZE, Mike Thaler, Zonderkidz