Wednesday www – SCBWI

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Wednesday www – SCBWI

Wednesdays I like to share websites that I have found beneficial. If you have been following me for a while, these will probably sound familiar. But I must say the ones I repeat, I repeat for a reason.

My first website to share for the year is SCBWI.org.

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SCBWI stands for The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and is a world-wide organization and is broken down into different regions. I happen to be in the Southern Breeze Region, which is Alabama, Georgia, and the Florida Panhandle.

SCBWI holds two major conferences a year, and then most regions will host a conference separately. These are amazing opportunities for writers and illustrators. You get to take various workshops or attend different speeches. These can be from other writers/illustrators or agents, editors, and art directors. You get to meet people who will actually GET you! You have the opportunity to present yourself in front of the very people you submit too. You know, to make that personal connection.

You also have an opportunity to volunteer for your region. I volunteer with mine. ¬†ūüėÄ ¬† Not only is it a great way to pay-it-forward, but the main speakers will see your name and know that you take your job, be it writing or illustrating or both, seriously and are not afraid to go the extra step.

There are dues every year, but I have found that it is well worth it. There is a bi-monthly newsletter, a monthly Insight newsletter, access to The Book, the opportunity to submit to many awards and grants, and much more.

For more information click over to SCBWI.org and check it out. If you are serious about writing or illustrating for children, you won’t regret it!

Until next time…
Happy Writing!
~t

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www (dot) Wednesday – SCBWI.org

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Every year I like to talk about different websites/organizations that I find useful. Yep, I’m repetitive on a lot of these, BUT they are very, very, VERY useful! This year I would like to explain WHY I think these websites deserved to be mentioned and visited often.

SCBWI.org is THE organization to join in the #kidlit world.

  1. Agents and editors see your membership as a serious investment into your career as a writer/illustrator.
  2. Vast amount of information. SCBWI sends out a bi-monthly newsletter and a monthly Insight.
  3. Community relationships. You will meet your tribe here. Anyone who is passionate about children’s writing and illustrating is here.
  4. Community involvement. You can volunteer regionally and make life-long friends, not to mention learn great skills.
  5. Grants and awards. Yes, members have the opportunity to apply for grants and awards.

And that’s just my top 5 things about SCBWI. I did that list in under five minutes. ¬†ūüėÄ

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What about other organizations?
What organization are you a member of?

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Happy Writing!
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www (dot) Wednesday – LINKY <3!

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Today I’m posting a few places you can find my book, THE CHILDREN AT THE PLAYGROUND!

ONLINE

STORES

I cannot tell you how much it means to be able to find a book not only online, but at a store.

I am a small business. Yes, I am! I am an entrepreneur who markets my ideas and sketchings to agents and editors, and then to stores and the pubic with my books. Needless to say, if you carry my books, I WILL promote your business too. So by all means, if you are close to one of the stores, go there and purchase the book(s), let them know that I sent you. I #SupportSmallBusiness whenever possible. ¬†ūüėÄ

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How do you promote businesses?
Do you shop local?
Do you tell others about them?
Do you let people know how to find a business (online and walking in)?

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Happy Writing!
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www . Wednesday- Janice Hardy’s Fiction University

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Janice Hardy’s
Fiction University

“When Janice was first developing her writing skills, she was often frustrated by books that told her what she should be doing, but didn’t provide a clear picture on how to do it. Later when she began teaching writing, she decided to offer¬†answers to those questions and discovered she had a bit of a knack for it. She gave lots of examples, because she felt seeing writing in action made it easier to understand. The responses from her students told her she was right. She started this site back in 2009 with one goal in mind…”

So are you writing, but not sure how to approach a problem. Would like to study the writing process more in depth? Go check¬†out Janice’s site! I mainly write picture books and have found helpful information here too!

 

DON’T FORGET:

Summer Sparks#SummerSparks writing challenge will be wrapping up July 11th, 2015, at 11:59 pm et. You still have time to complete the challenge. ¬† ūüôā ¬† You will need to make sure you have:

  1. Commented on all blog post that list a prize.
  2. Comment on Day 14 post by promising you have at least 14 sparks and leave your name.

Need to see a list of blog post? You can visit the Summer Sparks page. You’ll see all bloggers and their corresponding blog posts.

 

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www.Wednesday – We Need Diverse Books

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www. Wednesday Р weneeddiversebooks.org

We need diversity in our lives. Why? Because we are all different. Our skin has different shades. Our lives have different paths. Each of us excels and stinks in something. We are all different. Unique.

So why are the¬†children’s books being published mainly fall into a certain category?

A group of people asked this very question and began a campaign Р#WeNeedDiverseBooks or #WNDB to encourage awareness. We all would like to see more characters who have differences, be it in race, religion, sexual preference, disability, etc. We need to recognize every aspect of life and to give it meaning.

To allow a child to pick up a book and ‘see’ them in it is a wonderful thing!

Take it from me… a mixed-raced child who wasn’t able to celebrate her differences. It’s nice to open a book and find acceptance and representation.

We Need Diverse Books
Mission Statement:

“We Need Diverse Books‚ĄĘ is a grassroots organization of children‚Äôs book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote¬†literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

How we define diversity:

We recognize all diverse experiences, including (but not limited to) LGBTQIA, people of color, gender diversity, people with disabilities,¬†and ethnic, cultural, and religious minorities.”

So please, check out the We Need Diverse Books website and help support our differences everyday.

 

Until next¬†time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www. The Purple Crayon

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Harold Underdown’s: The Purple Crayon

Today’s www. Wednesday, I’m highlighting Harold Underdown’s website: The Purple Crayon.

This website has been around for a while and is chock full of information.

How long? you may ask.
It was the first informative website I ran across when I started writing in 2000.  <insert nodding head here> A long time ago.

It’s grown a lot over the years. Of course, the writing world has too. The changes I’ve seen are incredible.

What information can you find there?

  • Who’s Moving Where? – Great inside moving knowledge of the industry. Agents and editors tend to change. Harold helps keep you up to date.
  • Articles – It doesn’t matter if you are a newbie or an expert. He is always updating material that you can find useful
  • Editorial Services – Did you know that Harold is a former editor as several well-known publishing houses? He offers critique services and workshops.
  • Information on his book, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books”.
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So click on over to Harold Underdown’s: The Purple Crayon and be ready to have some extra time on your hands.

About HAROLD UNDERDOWN:

Harold UnderdownI have been a children’s book editor for over 20 years. For the first half of that, I worked in-house at Macmillan, Orchard, and Charlesbridge. More recently I have been working independently–working with authors and publishers, speaking at conferences, and giving workshops. I also run The Purple Crayon, an informational website, at http://www.underdown.org/, and am a contributing editor to Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market.
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Publishing Children’s Books grew out of my experiences as an editor. I have posted information and sample chapters on my website at my Idiot’s Guide page.
(used from: Harold Underdown’s Goodreads bio)

 

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Wednesday www. SCBWI.org

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The¬†Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators has been around for quite some time. It is a world-wide organization that helps bring the #kidlit world together and encourages the best in all of us.

SCBWI is broken down into regions. While USA has two major conferences, each region will have conferences too. I’m located in Southern Breeze region. We have two regional conferences one in the Spring and one in the Fall. I’m also the Local Liaison for South Georgia of the Southern Breeze region. As a Local Liaison, I reach out to newcomers and see if they have any questions and try to make them feel welcomed. I’m also encouraged to hold mini-get-togethers (smoozes) where we can share ideas, critique stories, hold workshops, etc. All this builds community.

Here is a little bit about SCBWI from their website:

Their Mission:

Mission

The Society of Children‚Äôs Book Writers and Illustrators, a non-profit, 501(c)3 organization, is one of the largest existing organizations for writers and illustrators. It is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children‚Äôs literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia. ¬†Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children‚Äôs books around the world. We accomplish this by fostering a vibrant community of individuals who bring books for young readers to the public including writers, illustrators, translators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians, educators, booksellers, bloggers, enthusiasts and others. We provide education and support for these individuals ¬†and the community through our awards, grants, programs and events. We strive to increase the quality and quantity of children‚Äôs books in the marketplace, and act as a consolidated voice for¬†writers and illustrators of children’s books worldwide.

Membership in the SCBWI is open to anyone with an active interest in children’s literature from picture books to young adult novels. We welcome aspiring and published writers and illustrators, librarians, educators, artists, students, dramatists, musicians, filmmakers, and others. A passion for children’s literature is our #1 criterion.

SCBWI is now home to THE BLUE BOARD! I cannot stress how helpful and valuable this forum is to me! When I started writing professionally 15 years ago, this was one of the first writing forums I came across. It’s still here! That in its self is a testament as to how valuable it is. There is a search option, if you are looking for something specifically. Or just start browsing the boards. BUT have some time on your hands. There is so much information contained there!

There is a membership fee for SCBWI and an annual due, but I must say it is well worth the cost.

This is the main organization I stress to anyone who writes for children!

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Happy Writing!
~t

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