This weekend I will be heading to College Station for the SCBWI Brazos Valley conference. Though I believe the opportunities for critiques have passed, there is still room for more people to attend. Maybe I’ll see you there! The peaceful, early morning drive from Houston to College Station is always something to look forward to, especially now that my son is there. Gig Em, Ags!
Happy Book Birthday!
I have three books to celebrate this week! The first is from an Austin author I’ve met at several Texas SCBWI events, and the other two are from writers I’ve met on the SCBWI Discussion Board. I was also fortunate to meet Carter Higgins in person at a SCBWI Western Washington conference a few years ago and greatly enjoyed her company. Congratulations on your new books, ladies!
By PJ Hoover
Published by Starscape/Macmillan
From the publisher: Meet Tut! He used to rule Egypt. Now he’s stuck in middle school.
Having defeated his evil uncle and the Cult of Set, who tried to send him to the afterlife, the perpetually fourteen-year-old King Tut is looking forward to a relaxing summer vacation. But then Tut discovers that his brother Gilgamesh has been captured by the Egyptian god Apep, Lord of Chaos. Gil helped to vanquish Apep thousands of years ago, and now Apep is back for vengeance.
It’s up to Tut and his friends, Tia and Henry, to find Gil and stop Apep before he succeeds in his scheme to swallow the sun and plunge the world into darkness forever….
A Board Book
Illustrated by Rebecca Harry
Published by Tiger Tales Books
It’s bedtime on the farm. The lambs and goslings cuddle with their mamas. The baby mice have a late-night snack. Piglets snore in their pen, and sleepy chicks nestle close to mother hen. But will mama sheepdog ever get her wriggly puppies to bed?
A RAMBLER STEALS HOME
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers
From the publisher: Garland, Derby, and Triple Clark spend each season traveling highways and byways in their Rambler—until summer, when small-town Ridge Creek, Virginia, calls them back. There they settle in, selling burgers and fries out of Garland’s Grill after each game the Rockskippers play in their battered minor-league baseball stadium. Derby’s summer traditions bring her closer than she’s ever been to a real home that isn’t on wheels, but this time, her return to Ridge Creek reveals unwelcome news. Now the person Derby loves most in town needs her help—and yet finding a way to do so may uncover deeply held stories and secrets.
FEBRUARY 28, TUESDAY, 6:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL: KIMBERLY NEWSOME
Join writer and professional pool player Kimberly Newsome ( @) for a discussion on social media.
FEBRUARY 28, TUESDAY, 7:00-9:00 PM: CY-FAIR WRITERS: 1ST ANNUAL SHORT LOVE STORY WRITING CONTEST
The story contests are proving popular and inspirational, so let’s do it again! Join the CyFair Writers for a Valentine’s Day themed writing competition. The limit is 2000 words (or about 6 pages, double spaced). Shorter is fine! But please, no more than one submission per person. A prize will be awarded for Best Story. Please send your submissions to Jake at [masked] by February 26.
MARCH 3, FRIDAY, 9:00-NOON: INPRINT WRITING CAFE
1520 West Main, Houston
The Inprint Writing Cafe is a place for writers to focus each week on their work. Any and all writers looking for a pleasant morning space in which to write are welcome. Enjoy the presence of other creative spirits in the lovely Menil neighborhood. While in progress, we ask Inprint Writing Cafe patrons to keep talking to a minimum and take cell phone calls outside. We have a kitchen where guests are invited to make a cup of coffee or tea (with filtered water), and sodas are available in the fridge, all of which can be enjoyed for a 50-cent donation. We also have wifi which we’ll share, but hope you’ll use the time to write. Inprint staff will be working in their offices and available to answer any questions. We look forward to seeing you.
MARCH 4, SATURDAY, 8:00 PM: HORROR WRITERS ASSOCIATION MEETUP
Applebee’s, Katy, 19625 Restaurant Row, Houston
MARCH 4, SATURDAY, 8:30 AM: NORTHWEST RWA MONTHLY PROGRAM: WORKSHOP WITH BJ BOURG
Spring Creek Oaks Clubhouse, 17111 Misty Creek, Spring
All-day workshop with BJ Bourg, an award-winning mystery writer and former professional boxer who hails from the swamps of Louisiana. Dubbed the “real deal” by other mystery writers, he has spent his entire adult life solving crimes as a patrol cop, detective sergeant, and chief investigator for a district attorney’s office. Throughout his career, he has conducted well over 150 death investigations, including murders, suicides, natural deaths, justifiable homicides, officer-involved shootings, and accidental deaths. He amassed a 100% arrest and conviction rate on all murder cases to which he was assigned, and his ability to effectively interrogate suspects and recreate crime scenes has played a pivotal role in his success as a homicide investigator…read more…
MARCH 4, SATURDAY, 6:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE WORKSHOP: MANNING WOLF
Southwestern Presbyterian Church – 6033 S. Rice Ave. Bellaire
COST: Members-$40 / Nonmembers-$50
Austin author and attorney Manning Wolf returns to Houston to discuss legal issues for authors.
MARCH 6, MONDAY, 7:00 PM: SCBWI MTG: WENDY LANIER
Tracy Gee Community Center
Children’s nonfiction author Wendy Lanier, author of more than a dozen nonfiction titles for four publishers, presents Taking Advantage of the Nonfiction Market. The odds of being published in children’s nonfiction are eight times higher than in children’s fiction. Join Wendy for tips on how to break into this exciting field.
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Agents & Editors @ Conferences
MAY 17-20: WRITE HIS ANSWER, ESTES PARK, CO
AGENTS: Bill Jensen/William K. Jensen Literary Agency; Cyle Young/Hartline Literary
MAY 21 -25: BLUE RIDGE MOUNTAIN CHRISTIAN WRITING CONFERENCE, ASHEVILLE, NC
AGENTS: Ann Byle—Credo Communications; Cyle Young—Hartline Literary