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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.  😀   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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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.  😀

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

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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October is BIZ-ZEEEEEEEEEE!

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I am having issues with my laptop, which is why I haven’t been on time with my posts lately. Some days it will allow me to go to certain websites, some days no. Today is a good day!!!!!

October is an amazing month! AND it will be busy for writers. Check out what all I know about this month…

#PBPitch

(October 15th, 8 am – 8 pm)
www.pbpitch.com

Twitter event for Picture Books only! You can categorize by sub-genre too. Agents will definitely be checking this feed throughout the day. Check out the website for all the deets!

#WIK15

(October 16th – 18th)
www.southern-breeze.scbwi.org

Southern Breeze’s Chapter of SCBWI has their fall conference. Learn about your craft, promotional ideas, network and more. Check out the Southern Breeze website for all the deets!

#SoGAWritersGuild

(October 27th)

Writers of all genres are welcomed in the South Georgia Writers Guild. We meet monthly in Adel, Georgia and quarterly in Tifton, Georgia. We have monthly challenges of #30mdare using the same prompt, discuss marketing, and talk about writing in general. Leave me a comment if you would like more information about this great group I happen to belong to. 😀

#BLTBF

(October 31st, 9 am – 5 pm)
www.blandtbf.wix.com/bltbf

This is the biggest little book festival in South Georgia. Okay, it’s the only book festival in south Georgia. I saw a need to promote literacy and this is how I’m trying to get my community better involved. It is held within the Arts & Crafts venue of the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival in Ocilla, Georgia. There is a great line up of six authors. Come out and say hello!

So, please excuse me if my laptop shows out again. And let me know if you are planning on attending any of these events.

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

 

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What will you be doing this month?
Are you a #pb writer? Don’t forget about #PBPitch!
Will you be attending #WIK15? Let me know, so I can say HI!
Do you live in South Georgia, USA? You are officially invited to our next meeting! Let me know you are interested.
If you’re near Ocilla, Georgia on Halloween, come to the Georgia Sweet Potato Festival and find the Books Love & Potatoes Book Festival booth and say HI!

 

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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’s 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’s literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.  Our mission is to support the creation and availability of quality children’s 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’s 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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Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www.Wednesday = The BLUE BOARD forum

The writer’s life can be a lonely life. Most of us work at home or in snipets throughout the day when we get a chance. We build our ideas and write our stories. We revise and rework and sometimes redo the whole story all by ourselves. Very. Very. Solitary.

But it doesn’t have to be. There are groups you can join and people you can meet. This is such an valuable resource.

But what if you live in a rural community and don’t have access to these great people? Turn to the internet. There are so many opportunities out there now. FaceBook has a vast network of different groups. There are forums you can join t0o… outside Social Media.

One of those I want to talk about today is:

THE BLUE BOARDS
http://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php

The Blue Boards started many moons ago by author Verla Kay. She wanted a place where people could come together, get support, share ideas, and share information. Late last year, SCBWI took over The Blue Boards. It still looks the same, the same people are there, and some great information is to be had. This was one of the first forums I ever ran across 14 years ago. I bookmarked it immediately and have returned and returned and returned to it time and again.

I hope you find it as valuable resource as I have.

Do know of another open forum with great information? Where do you get the most recent information from? What is one website you just can’t live without?
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Happy Writing!
~t

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Yes, I know I have wrote about ^^^^^^ before. I think if it is important, it bears repeating. So let me say it again. The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators is the bomb! It’s membership is invaluable and one of those ‘must-have’ things on my list.

For those of you just starting out or have not heard…

  • SCBWI is a world-wide organization. It is broken down into different regions. Each region has it’s own RA *regional advisor(s)*. They have Local Liaisons to break it down further into the communities.
  • There are two National Conferences. One in New York and one in California. These are H-U-G-E. I haven’t been, but I’ve seen pictures. MASSIVE!  Most regions will have conferences too. I’m in Southern Breeze, which covers Georgia, Alabama, and the Panhandle of Florida. We have two Regional Conferences also. They might be smaller, but they are packed full of information, helpful people, agents, and editors.
  • SCBWI sends out newletters to help keep you abreast of the publishing industry (which changes rapidly), share happy news, and let’s you know about contests, new houses, and more.
  • SCBWI know hosts Verla Kay’s BLUE BOARD, which is a forum where authors, illustrators, agents, and editors post on various subjects. It is another one of my invaluable tools that I have use and continue to use in the 14 years I’ve been writing.

Membership is an annual fee, but think of it as an investment in your writing, your future.

Happy writing,
~t