February, 2014

Exciting Changes in 2014

2014 has started off with a bang for this writer!

I am now represented by Lori Kilkelly of Rodeen Literary managemnet! I am so thrilled to have joined their team of fabulous authors and illustrators. Visit them at:http://www.rodeenliterary.com/ or on facebook https://www.facebook.com/#!/RodeenLiteraryManagement

I have been notified that I will be a 2014 World Book Night giver. The book I’ll  be giving away is Code Name Verity, Elizabeth Wein.World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading held on April 23, when 25,000 passionate volunteers across America give a total of half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. Find out more at:http://www.us.worldbooknight.org/

Lastly, I officially took over as Regional Advisor for SCBWI Missouri. I have a great team and we are putting together some fabulous events. Take a look:

March 8: Learning To Work with the Common Core

  What: A representative from the National Writing Project will explain the new Common Core Standards. A panel of librarians and book sellers will discuss how they choose authors for school visits and books for their shelves. Lastly, Karen Pfister Nelson will run a presentation on how to design a school visit.

April 13-15: SCBWI Missouri PAL Members Directory and Missouri Association of State Librarians (MASL) Conference

  What: Join us at 2014 MASL Spring Conference to promote yourself for school visits and sell books.

April 25-27: Advanced Writing Retreat with Mary Kate Castellani, Senior Editor for Bloomsbury Children’s Books.

   What: Revise your manuscript in a single high powered weekend retreat.

June 20 – June 22: Writers’ Getaway Weekend

 What: A fabulous retreat where you and a group of like-minded souls can write to your heart’s content in the beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the Abbey. All meals included.

Apply by June 30, 2014 for the 2015 Mentorship Program

What: The 2015 mentorship focus is nonfiction or fiction PB. Application for the Ellen Dolan Mentorship for Writers is open to any currant Missouri SCBWI member not published in  PB. Applications are screened by a panel of judges, with three chosen to submit for blind review to the mentor. The winner will work with the mentor for one year on a mutually agreed upon project. The winner will also receive a scholarship covering registration cost to the Missouri SCBWI conference in September 2014.

September 6 – September 7: Annual SCBWI Missouri Fall Conference

What: Keynotes, breakouts and critiques on Saturday. The following presenters have already confirmed: Editor Deborah Halverson, Agents Jody Sadler & Nancy Gallt, Art Director Guiseppe Castellano, Curriculum Specialist Debbie Gonzales, artist Dan Yaccarino, and authors Steve Sheinkin and Cecily White. More agents TBA. New this year: headshots by Davis Photography and a silent auction featuring items from our presenters! Staying for Sunday Intensives by Halverson, Gonzales, Castellano, or Sadler? Then join us Saturday night for a brief cocktail/coffee time with Sunday faculty and peer critique groups led by senior PAL members.

Illustrator Events

 A Talk with Jody Feldman: A Q&A with PAL author Jody Feldman on the creative process of illustrating a YA book.

How to Market Yourself as an Illustrator: We will cover: promo cards, website, social media presence and how to approach and agent, publisher, or art director.
Sketch Crawls: At Soulard Market, TowerGrove, Farmers Market, and the zoo.

Illustration Book Signings

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