I got in under the wire this morning to join the giveaway for an ARC of Carter Higgins’s A RAMBLER STEALS HOME! Most of you know Carter from her awesome blog, Design of the Picture Book. I met Carter a few years ago at a SCBWI conference in Washington. I already knew her from the SCBWI Discussion Boards, but meeting her in person was a real treat. She is friendly, outgoing, and so, so kind. I’m delighted that her first MG novel is almost here, and I’m looking forward to the picture books she has in the works.
The SCBWI-Brazos Valley conference is about a month away, March 4. If you are in the area, this is an opportunity to hear from Karen Boss, an associate editor at Charlesbridge, Jennifer March Soloway, an associate agent with Adrea Brown Literary Agency, Caldecott honor-winning artistrator E. B. Lewis, and SCBWI-Brazos Valley’s own National Book Award Finalist/Newbery Honor author Kathi Appelt. Another of the speakers is SCBWI Brazos Valley co-founder Donna Cooner. Donna is the author of over twenty picture books and has written children’s television shows for PBS. Entering giveaways pays off! I have a brand-spanking-new copy of her YA novel, WORTHY, coming soon from Scholastic.
Happy Book Birthday
SCBWI-Houston member Crystal Allen, author of two vastly different middle grade novels, HOW LAMAR’S BAD PRANK WON A BUBBA-SIZED TROPHY and THE LAURA LINE, launches the second in her chapter book series.
THE WALL OF FAME GAME
Published by Balzer & Bray/Harperteen
The fabulous Texas cowgirl we met in Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown is back!
Nine-year-old Mya Tibbs is in a triple heap of trouble. As the Tibbs household prepares for the new baby, Mya is extra excited to spend time with her mom watching their favorite Annie Oakley marathon before her new sister arrives. Until she’s cornered into a bet with her number-one enemy, Naomi Jackson, that she can beat her in the famous fourth-grade Wall of Fame Game which means Mya is stuck studying every night instead of hanging out with Mom. As if that wasn’t enough, Mya just entered Bluebonnet’s annual chili cook-off, even though she doesn’t know how to cook. Holy moly!
Can Mya find a way to beat Naomi, win the chili cook-off, and get some special mom/daughter time before it’s too late?
Local Author Events
JANUARY 28, SATURDAY, 1:00 PM: CRYSTAL ALLEN, MG AUTHOR
COST: FREE; Admission: In order to go through the signing line and meet Crystal Allen for book personalization, please purchase THE MAGNIFICENT MYA TIBBS: THE WALL OF FAME GAME from Blue Willow Bookshop. At the time of your purchase, we will issue a signing line ticket that indicates your place in line. Your book and signing line ticket can be picked up at the event.
See description in Happy Book Birthday above!
JANUARY 29, SUNDAY, 3:00 PM: INPRINT COOL BRAINS SERIES PRESENTS TIM GREEN
Meyerland Performing and Visual Arts Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Drive, Houston
Doors open 2:15 PM
Inprint invites you to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling middle-grade author and former NFL player Tim Green. Tim graduated co-valedictorian from Syracuse University and was a first-round draft pick. He later earned his law degree with honors. Tim has also worked as an NFL commentator for FOX Sports and NPR, and is the author of over a dozen novels for young readers. At this event, Tim Green will make a presentation about the latest book LEFT OUT. After the presentation, he will take questions from the audience. Mr. Green will available after the talk for photos. He will not be signing/personalizing books. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.
JANUARY 24, TUESDAY, 6:30 PM: HOUSTON WRITERS HOUSE SOCIAL: DEBORAH FRONTIERA
Local author Debbie Frontiera, who is in charge of the Kroger Bookseller Program, will explain how to can sell your books at Kroger.
JANUARY 26, THURSDAY 7:00 PM: BAY AREA WRITERS LEAGUE MEETUP: MARIANNE DYSON
Clear Lake Park Meeting Room, 5001 NASA Road One, Seabrook, TX
The Business of Writing
Award-winning Author Marianne Dyson has published everything from simple poems for kids to 400-page books for adults during the past 20 years. She will share her experiences through addressing the following questions: What does it take to make a living as a writer? How do self-publishing and traditional publishing compare financially? How much can you expect to make on nonfiction or fiction, short pieces or books, with and without an agent? How do you deal with sales taxes and speaking expenses? How much should you charge? How much does an “author platform” cost?
JANUARY 28, SATURDAY, 10:00 AM-4:30 PM: WRITESPACE WORKSHOP: ADRIENNE PERRY
COST: Early-Bird until Monday, January 23: $65 Members, $85 Non-Members.
After January 23: $85 Members, $95 Non-Members
The Magic of Story Structure: Structure: solid and architectural, the word does not immediately excite. Character, setting, style, or voice—all of these elements of fiction can sound vastly more enticing. As prose writers, however, structure is one of the most magical and practical tools we have. Structure helps us to organize and share our story to the greatest effect, and yet it is more than beautiful brickwork. As the poet Daniel Hall once said, “Form is not a prison, but a theater.” In this one-day workshop, we’ll discover the way structure, or form, allows us to play, test boundaries, and to shake up our habits as writers. During the workshop, we’ll explore some of the major narrative shapes fiction and prose writers use, from frame narratives to stories that move backwards through time. In the morning, we will ground our exploration with examples from short stories and novels. In the afternoon, we will use what we’ve learned to begin restructuring–and breathing new life into–our own pages. Writers should bring a copy of a story or chapter they’re eager to revise.
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MARCH 23-25: THE WRITE STUFF WRITERS CONFERENCE, BETHLEHEM, PA
AGENTS: Jordy Albert/Booker Albert Literary Agency; Victoria A. Selvaggio/Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency
APRIL 21-23: NESCBWI CONFERENCE, SPRINGFIELD, MA
AGENTS: Stephen Barr/Writers House; Linda Camacho/Prospect Agency; Kaylee Davis/Dee Mura Literary; Monica Odom/Bradford Literary Agency; Jessica Sinsheimer/Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency; Marietta B. Zacker/Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency; Jennifer Laughran/Andrea Brown Literary Agency; Lauren E. MacLeod/The Strothman Agency; Ammi-Joan Paquette/Erin Murphy Literary Agency; Lilla Rogers/Lilla Rogers Studio; Kathleen Rushall/Andrea Brown Literary Agency; Brooks Sherman/The Bent Agency
ART DIRECTORS: Lucy Ruth Cummins/Simon & Schuster BFYR/Paula Wiseman Books; Giuseppe Castellano/Penguin Random House; Irene Vandervoort/Sterling Children’s Books
EDITORS: Liz Kossnar/Simon & Schuster BFYR; Christina Pulles/Sterling Children’s Books; Eileen Robinson/Move Books Children’s Publishing; Julie Bliven/Charlesbridge; Alexandra Cooper/HarperCollins; Celia Lee/Scholastic; Julia Maguire/Knopf BFYR/Penguin Random House; Allison Moore/Little, Brown BFYR; Leila Sales/Viking Children’s Books/Penguin Random House; Harold Underdown/Independent Editor; Carter Hasegawa/Candlewick Press
JUNE 10-11: CALIFORNIA CRIME WRITERS CONFERENCE, CULVER CITY, CA
AGENT: Joanna MacKenzie/Nelson Literary Agency
SEPTEMBER 9: MAINE AGENTS, EDITORS, WRITERS CONFERENCE, BELGRADE, ME
AGENTS: Ammi-Joan Paquette/Erin Murphy Literary Agency; Ruben Pfeffer/Ruben Pfeffer Content LLC; Kaylee Davis/Dee Mura Literary
MARCH 18: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: WRITING YOUR BOOK, ONLINE
JUNE 3: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: SELLING YOUR BOOK, ONLINE
OCTOBER 14: INDIE AUTHOR FRINGE: RUNNING AN AUTHOR BUSINESS, ONLINE
FREE! Our Indie Author Fringe events are brought to you by the Alliance of Independent Authors. Each event is twenty-four hours of non-stop broadcasts, video, podcasts & articles, allowing authors round the globe to attend live.