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.  😀   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 – #BLTBF

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Today I wanted to highlight something very close to my heart…

The of reading!

I live in South Georgia, USA, where the literacy rate is not as high as the national level. As a writer, it breaks my heart. As a reader, I really don’t understand it. I mean, I {{{LOVE}}}} BOOKS! Why doesn’t everyone???

I know, people struggle with language, reading, misconceptions. People get discouraged, downhearted, and want to give up. BUT I am a firm believer in words being power.

So I decided to try and make a difference in my own community. In 2012, I started a book festival. Books Love & Taters Book Festival to be precise. WHY? Well, I hold it during my towns major festival of The Georgia Sweet Potato Festival. This accomplishes the need to advertise and crowd draw. My little town goes from 4,000 to 10,000+ during that weekend! 8-o  Amazing!  I invite local and state authors to come set up to sell their books, meet the public, have their picture taken, and answer questions people may have.

So far the response has been amazing. Last year, there were six authors (including me) within two booth spaces. This year??? Well, I’m going to need more booth space! I have had about 10 that are hoping to be there!!!!

It is an awesome way for authors to get their name out there, meet other authors, and have fun for the day.

AND this is my FIFTH YEAR! Major milestone!!! If you are in South Georgia, I hope you can make it and say hello!

***If you would like to help support BLTBF you can go to the website and donate***

Thanks everyone!

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Do you have any events in your area to help promote literacy?
What other ways can you help spread the word to read?
Do you know of any other websites you would like to see featured?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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www (dot) Wednesday – SCBWI.org

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www (dot) Wednesday
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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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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.  😀

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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)?

Until next time…

Happy Writing!
~t

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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.   🙂   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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