Conference Updates & KidLit News Aug. 23

Fall conference deadlines are rapidly approaching! There is still time to sign up for critiques with local authors for the SCBWI-Houston conference in October. If you’ve never had a critique before, this is a fun, nonthreatening way to get expert feedback on your children’s or young adult manuscript. But hurry, the slots are filling up fast! If you are curious about self-publishing, the Houston Writers Guild’s Indiepalooza on September 23 & 24 is your opportunity to learn all about it. Registration is still open! Registration is also still open for Houston Bay Area RWA’s Starfish Conference on September 17, featuring best-selling urban fantasy author Jaye Wells.

Here’s the news for today. Scroll down to see the new listings for agents and editors at conferences. If you’d like to be notified of these weekly updates, please use the Subscribe to Updates form on the sidebars!

Happy Book Birthday!

This has been a fantastic year for SCBWI-New York member and former SCBWI Blue Board moderator DIANA MURRAY. This week, Diana celebrates the release of her third picture book in 2016! Congratulations, Diana!

NED THE KNITTING PIRATE by Diana Murray, illustrated by Leslie Lammle

NED THE KNITTING PIRATE

Written by Diana Murray

Illustrated by Leslie Lammle

Published by Roaring Brook Press/Macmillan

From the publisher: The crew of the pirate ship the “Rusty Heap” are a fearsome bunch They’re tougher than gristle and barnacle grit. They heave and they ho and they swab and they . . . knit?

Well, one of them does, at least. Unfortunately for Ned, his knitting doesn’t go over well with the captain and crew. They urge him to hide his hobby and strive to be scurvier, like pirates should be. But when the briny ocean beast shows up to feast on the Rusty Heap and its crew, maybe Ned’s knitting is just the ticket to save the day!

If you hop over to Roaring Brook Press’s site, you can scroll though some of the delightful illustrations!

BUY THE BOOK! Blue Willow Bookshop  Brazos Bookstore (IN STOCK!)  Indiebound  Barnes & Noble  Amazon

Follow Diana Murray on twitter! Stay tuned for Diana’s next book, GROGGLE’S MONSTER VALENTINE, coming in January 2017! Diana’s agent, Brianne Johnson, will be at our SCBWI-Houston Conference is October!

Local KidLit Author Events

FOR WRITERS

AUGUST 23, TUESDAY 6:30-8:30 PM: HWG SUMMER SERIES

Trini Mendenhall, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston
Workshop: Defining Your World: The Craft of World-building With Dorothy Tinker
COST: $10 per session to Houston Writers Guild members/$30 per session to nonmembers

Dorothy Tinker is a genre fiction writer, with a heavy focus in epic fantasy. She is the author of the Peace of Evon young adult series. In this session, she will explain the breadth and importance of world-building, as well as offer tools and suggestions for defining the world you are writing in a way that your reader can understand without encountering the dreaded “info-dump.”  She will also explain how world-building can affect the story you write and offer examples of world-building within various published genre fiction.

Conference Updates

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EDITORS & AGENTS @ CONFERENCES

OCTOBER 21-22: SCBWI MID-ATLANTIC: CHILDREN’S PUBLISHING IN 2016, STERLING VA

EDITORS: Wendy Lamb/Wendy Lamb Books, Penguin Random House; Adrienne Szpyrka/Running Press Kids; Christina Pulles/Sterling
AGENTS: Emily Keyes/Fuse Literary; Linda Epstein/Emerald City Literary; Carrie Hannigan/HSG Agency

OCTOBER 8: PUSH TO PUBLISH, PHILADELPHIA, PA

AGENTS: Adriana Dominguez/Full Circle Literary Agency; Jordy Albert/The Booker Albert Literary Agency; Lucinda Blumenfel/Lucinda Literary; Marie Lamba/Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

OCTOBER 23: THE FALL PHILLY, PHILADELPHIA, PA

AGENTS: Adriana Dominguez/Full Circle Literary; Linda Camacho/Prospect Agency; Beth Phelan/The Bent Agency; Kelly Peterson/Corvisiero Literary; Jordy Albert/The Booker Albert Agency; Danielle Burby/HSG Agency; Melissa Edwards/Stonesong Agency; Charlie Olsen/Inkwell Management; Sean McCarthy/The Sean McCarthy Literary Agency; Christa Heschke/McIntosh and Otis Agency

Conference Updates & KidLit News Aug. 16

Crying catThis has been the shortest summer of my life. It seems we were at my boy’s high school graduation ten minutes ago, now he’s leaving for college. He’s not going far, so perhaps more than just during winter and spring breaks. I’ve been trying not to bawl all summer, but I’m a little like this cat I found on imgur.

But my critique group will be reconvening in two weeks, and I’ve got two local conferences to look forward to, so I’ll stop weeping soon and get back to work.

Well, maybe not stop completely. Sniff.

On to the book stuff!

Happy Book Birthday!MY BIG TREE By Maria Ashworth, Illustrated by Bailey Beougher

This week’s birthday wishes go to SCBWI-Houston’s Maria Ashworth for her new magnetic storyboard picture book,

MY BIG TREE

Illustrated by Bailey Beougher

Published by Clear Fork Publishing

Handcrafted by Big Belly Books

One little bluebird is disappointed when she has to share his favorite tree. When she’s pushed to the “edge” she sets out to find her NEW favorite. In her journey she learns there are a few things missing.

Children will exercise their imagination with the create-a-scene magnetic playset as they follow along with the book. The colorful scene encourages storytelling, promotes problem solving & builds skills in sequence.

LOCAL KIDLIT EVENTS

For Writers

AUGUST 16, TUESDAY, 7:30 PM: HOUSTON BAY AREA RWA MTG & WORKSHOP

Kirkmont MUD Building, 10102 Blackhawk Rd., Houston
COST: FREE

Diana North—Acing Your Interview (while on your way to fortune and fame)

AUGUST 20, 8:30 AM-5:00 PM: WRITERS FAMILY REUNION

Writespace
COST: $75 Members, $100 Non-members; after August 15: $95 Members, $115 Non-members
Morning Only passes FREE until gone.

The Writers Family Reunion is a one-day gathering and Build-Your-Writing-Community event designed to give writers an opportunity to develop friendships with other writers, learn from more experienced writers, and fortify their knowledge of craft and career. Along with opportunities to meet local writers, attending writers will have the opportunity to discover fantastic local literary resources; form new critique groups, join existing ones, or just learn about them; and bolster their knowledge of how to complete projects, submit, find agents, and publish. All levels and all genres are welcome!

AUGUST 23, TUESDAY 6:30-8:30 PM: HWG SUMMER SERIES

Trini Mendenhall, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston
Workshop: Defining Your World: The Craft of World-building With Dorothy Tinker
COST: $10 per session to Houston Writers Guild members/$30 per session to nonmembers; Or $50 members for all 6 sessions/$150 nonmembers for all 6 sessions 

Dorothy Tinker is a genre fiction writer, with a heavy focus in epic fantasy. She is the author of the Peace of Evon young adult series. In this session, she will explain the breadth and importance of world-building, as well as offer tools and suggestions for defining the world you are writing in a way that your reader can understand without encountering the dreaded “info-dump.”  She will also explain how world-building can affect the story you write and offer examples of world-building within various published genre fiction.

For Readers

AUGUST 18, 19, 20, 1:00-4:00 PM: MARIA ASHWORTH, PB AUTHOR

MY BIG TREE By Maria Ashworth, Illustrated by Bailey Beougher

First Cup Café, Fulshear 

Join local author Maria Ashworth as she debuts her picture book MY BIG TREE. A 3-day party at First Cup Café with games, prizes, crafts, and book signing.

Copies of Maria’s debut picture book, STEP ONE, STEP TWO, STEP THREE AND FOUR will also be available.

Watch the trailer for MY BIG TREE!

 

Conference Updates

This week’s roundup includes two editors and eight literary agents! If you’d like to be notified of these weekly posts, please use the form on the sidebar to Subscribe to Updates. Head over to the main conference pages to see more!

Editors, Art Directors & Agents @ Conferences

SEPTEMBER 23-24: LUW FALL CONFERENCE, NORTH PROVO, UT

AGENTS: Michele Witte/Mansion Street Literary; Terri Baranowski/Agent Gateway Literary

SEPTEMBER 24-25: BROADLEAF WRITERS CONFERENCE, DECATUR, GA

AGENTS: Kaylee Davis, Kimiko Nakamura/Dee Mura Literary; Kristy Hunter/The Knight Agency

OCTOBER 6-8: OZARK CREATIVE WRITERS CONFERENCE, EUREKA SPRINGS, AR

EDITORS: Donna Essner/Treehouse Publishing Group; Tiffany Schofield/Five Star Publishing/Gale Cengage Learning

JANUARY 20-22, 2017: SDSU WRITERS CONFERENCE, SAN DIEGO, CA

AGENTS: Melissa L. Edwards/Aaron M. Priest Literary Agency; Mark Gottlieb/Trident Media; Steven Hutson/Wordwise Media Service

Retreats & Writing Workshops

NOVEMBER 5-6: SHOW ME WRITERS MASTERCLASS, COLUMBIA, MO

AGENT: Rebecca Bugger/Serendipity Literary Agency

November 11-13: WORK-ON-YOUR-OWN BEACH RETREAT, PORT ARANSAS, TX

NO FACULTY

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Conference Updates & KidLit Events Aug. 9

Hannah E. Harrison strikes again with another beautiful, endearing picturebook, MY FRIEND MAGGIE! This is Penguin Random House’s third book from Hannah E. Harrison in two years, and I hope we see many more!

I’m busy polishing pages for the SCBWI-Houston conference in October, and I’m also looking forward to the Houston Writers Guild’s Indiepalooza on September 23 & 24. I doubt I’ll make it to a writing retreat this fall, but I’m keeping an eye on the retreat list for 2017. A mid-winter break would be nice. It may be quiet in Houston this month, but for the remaining days of August, we have seven writing conferences with seventeen coming in September!

Here’s this weeks news:

Happy Book Birthday

This week’s shout out goes to the author and illustrator of the adorable picture book hits BERNICE GETS CARRIED AWAY and EXTRAORDINARY JANE, SCBWI Oklahoma’s Hannah E. Harrison!

MY FRIEND MAGGIE MY FRIEND MAGGIE by Hannah E. Harrison

Written and Illustrated by

Hannah E. Harrison

Published by

Dial Books, Penguin Random House

From the publisher: Paula and Maggie have been friends forever. Paula thinks Maggie is the best—until mean girl Veronica says otherwise. Suddenly, Paula starts to notice that Maggie is big and clumsy, and her clothes are sort of snuggish. Rather than sticking up for Maggie, Paula ignores her old friend and plays with Veronica instead. Luckily, when Veronica turns on Paula, Maggie’s true colors shine through.

BUY THE BOOK! BLUE WILLOW BOOKSHOP  INDIEBOUND  BARNES & NOBLE  TARGET  WALMART  AMAZON

Local KidLit Events

For Readers

AUGUST 13, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM: A BOOK OF MERMAIDSA BOOK OF MERMAIDS by Ruth Manning-Sanders
Blue Willow Bookshop

Local publisher of MAB Media, Melissa Buron, will lead a special activity time centered on A BOOK OF MERMAIDS by Ruth Manning-Sanders.

Stories about mermaids come from almost every country by the sea—from Iceland to India; America to Arabia. In these sixteen stories Ruth Manning-Sanders captures the quicksilver personalities of mermaids and mermen as she tells of their marvelous schemes and adventures.

For Writers

AUGUST 9, 6:30-8:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS GUILD SUMMER SERIESUNSPOKEN, by C.C.Hunter

Trini Mendenhall, 1414 Wirt Road, Houston
Workshop: Everything Romance with Christie Craig
COST: $10 per session to Houston Writers Guild members/$30 per session to nonmembers; Or $50 members for all 6 sessions/$150 nonmembers for all 6 sessions 

NYT Bestselling author Christie Craig, a.k.a. C.C. Hunter, discusses what constitutes a book as a romance novel. She’ll cover what’s hot and what’s not in the romance industry, popular tropes, different subgenres, and the various heat levels in the romance arena. Non-romance writers don’t worry, her presentation also covers tips and tools on adding romantic subplots to books of all genres.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 1:00-4:00 PM: OUTLINING: SIMPLE PLANS FOR GREAT STORIES 

Writespace
COST: Early-Bird until Monday, August 8th: $30 Members, $45 Non-Members. After Monday, August 8th: $40 Members, $55 Non-Members

In this workshop, K.J. Russell will demystify the process of outlining by sharing example outlines and elucidating his own methods of applying an initial outline to the story. He will guide writers through the process of creating their own outlines, as well as share tips on how to alter and expand the story’s original outline as needed. In this workshop you will learn to use to an easy, essential tool that helps you tell the stories you want. You will discover how to get the planning out of the way up front so that you and your readers can enjoy your creativity, confident that everything will land right where it’s supposed to.

This workshop includes free admission to Writespace’s Saturday Write-In held immediately after this workshop from 4:30-6:00 PM.

Conference Updates

Indie Publishing

OCTOBER 1: PEN TO PAPER LITERARY SYMPOSIUM, DAYTON, OH

For the thirteenth year, Pen to Paper Literary Symposium has helped writers become publishing authors! General Sessions: Writing Like a Bestseller, Self-Publishing Made Easy, Master Session eBook Publishing.

MARCH 31-APRIL 2, 2017: CHANTICLEER WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELLINGHAM, WA

Enjoy three days of instruction on how to improve your marketing skills and sell more books, located at the beautiful Hotel Bellwether, at Squalicum Harbor on beautiful Bellingham Bay

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