If you haven’t yet registered for the SCBWI-Houston Conference on October 7-8, now’s the time! There are still spots open for critiques and pitches, and all attendees will be given information on how to submit to the editors and agents afterwards. If you are coming from out of town or just have a long drive home, we have a very reasonable room rate at the hotel, $89 for a single or double and it includes breakfast!
Book Friends Bookshop: Spotlight!
Isn’t it great to hear that science fiction for children and young adults is rumored to be the next big thing? Here are four books to whet your appetite for some sci-fi adventure. Click on the images to learn more.
Happy Book Birthday!
This week we have a major, multiple-book celebration by long-time SCBWI-Houston member Ana Maria Rodriguez for her new nonfiction series. Primary sources for each book include: interviews with scientists; full-color original and stock photos; an engaging and approachable writing style that simplifies complicated scientific principles; and a hands-on activity make these informational texts a valuable addition to any library.
Published by Enslow Publishing
In this STEM-rich series, kids will learn all about intriguing adaptations that help animals survive in their environments, such as what playing a video game can teach us about striped lizards, that crocodiles use an egg timer, how wriggling and slashing saves frog eggs, what hyenas gain from being team players, and the secret of the swordfish’s slippery head…and more!
Primary sources include interviews with scientists and original photos. Engaging yet simple language makes complicated scientific principles easy to grasp. Each book features a hands-on activity that allows kids to take on the role of scientist and examine these amazing adaptations themselves.
Book Friends News & Giveaways!
Word Spelunking is giving away both books in Susan Maupin Schmid’s middle-grade series, 100 Dresses. This giveaway for the US only ends 8/20/17. Three winners will each get both books. To enter, you must follow Susan on Twitter: @maupinschmid
There’s a Goodreads giveaway for BEST. NIGHT. EVER. A Story Told from Seven Points of View. From authors Jen Malone, Dee Romito, Gail Nall, Rachel Alpine, Stephanie Faris, Ronni Arno, and Allison Cherry.
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AUGUST 17, THURSDAY, 6:00 PM: NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION: TBA
La Madeleine Town & Country
COST: MEMBERS: FREE; NONMEMBERS: $10.00
Our NFAA local chapters focus on the business side of writing, publishing and promoting nonfiction books. Meeting agendas typically include a guest speaker focused on a topic related to the publishing industry, introductions by all attendees, and a signature mastermind session where three to five attendees are selected to share a publishing-related challenge or question and receive feedback from the group. We meet on the third Thursday of each month to discuss the business side of writing, publishing, and promoting nonfiction books. We welcome experienced and aspiring writers of nonfiction.
AUGUST 19, SATURDAY, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM: ACFW WRITERS ON THE STORM: Nancy Kimball: Writing an Unforgettable Hero
AUGUST 19, SATURDAY, 9:30 -11:30 AM: HOW DO I GET STARTED: Q&A SESSION
Writespace, 2000A Edwards #212, Houston
COST: $ 40/members, $50/non-members
With Cassandra Clarke and Elizabeth White-Olsen. What do I need to know to become a published writer? Where should I start a story? How do I keep my writing going? When should I find an agent? Who can help me get my writing published? If you’ve ever found yourself asking any of these questions, then this session is for you.
AUGUST 22-OCTOBER 3, TUESDAYS, 6:00-9:00 PM: SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY
COST: Early-Bird until Wednesday, August 16: $195/members, $225/non-members; After August 16: $235/members, $285/non-members
6 Sessions with instructor Cassandra Clarke
Do you take your fiction with a side of aliens, superheroes, dragons, or witches? Then this is the workshop for you! This course will provide an overview of the SFF genre. Together we will consider those elements of writing which are crucial to crafting compelling speculative stories, such as building our own worlds, extrapolating the fantastic from reality, and creating compelling non-human characters. In addition to discussing classic and contemporary SFF works, you will participate in writing exercises and bring in your own work for critique. Come to class prepared to write and discuss, and by the end of the six weeks, you will have completed at least one SFF short story.
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OCTOBER 14: SCBWI CENCAL WRITERS’ DAY, THOUSAND OAKS, CA
AGENT: John Rudolph/Dystel & Goderich
EDITORS: Lynne Polvino/Clarion; Leila Sales/Viking; Aubrey Poole/Hachette/Jimmy Patterson Books
OCTOBER 27-28: SCBWI-MID-ATLANTIC FALL CONFERENCE, DULLES, VA
EDITORS: Alyson Heller/Simon & Schuster; Susan Dobinick/Bloomsbury; Tiffany Liao /Henry Holt
ART DIRECTOR: Giuseppe Castellano/Penguin Random House
AGENTS: Sarah Davies/Greenhouse Literary; Adriana Dominguez/Full Circle Literary; Larissa Helena/Pippin Properties
NOVEMBER 3-4: SCBWI KANSAS/MISSOURI MIDDLE OF THE MAP CONFERENCE, OVERLAND PARK, KS
AGENTS: Kate McKean/Howard Morhaim Literary Agency; Jennifer March Soloway/ABLA
EDITORS: Emma Ledbetter/ Atheneum BFYR; Ariel Richardson/Chronicle Books; Jill Santopolo/Philomel Books
ART DIRECTOR: Saho Fujii/Little, Brown BFYR