BTW... for the acronym
Assistant Regional Advisor
MEETING IN DECEMBER
Southern Breeze is hosting a Picture Book Boot
Camp with author Lisa Wheeler
January 18th in Decatur, AL.
We anticipate that slots
for this event will go quickly. Manuscripts for
critique must be
18th so time is of the essence.
January 18, 2014
University of New Orleans
Education Building, 3rd floor
Curriculum & Instruction Library
Room 305 G
For directions, click
Social Media, presented by Virginia Butler and Laura Dragon
Critique Session - Bring what
you are working on to be critiqued
Bring one book chapter or picture book text to read
are planning on reading please be at the meeting by 1:30. We
allocate number of minutes for each reader by how many people are
reading. If you come late, you probably won’t have time to read.
Curious newcomers are welcome to come and observe our critiquing
session. If you like what you see and want to join the group, bring
something to read on your second visit.
here for information.
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Literary Agent Barry Goldblatt
New Writing for Children &
Young Adults Scholarship for Writers of Color
For more information, click
Dear Louisiana Members,
There has been a major change that I
wanted to let all of you know about.
It was decided at the international
level of SCBWI to re-organize some regional boundaries, in efforts
to minimize the geographical expanses of regions and make it easier
for members to access events in their regions.
was affected by these decisions. Mississippi will now be partnered
with the LA region. Southern Breeze will now consist of AL, GA and
the panhandle of FL.
To ease this transition, current
members in MS can choose to have their membership remain with
Southern Breeze. Thus, no one is being forced out of their current
regional membership. Any member can be registered in a different
location from where they live. They simply need to contact GeeCee
Addison in the main office and let her know which region they want
to be aligned with.
Of course, membership in SCBWI is
international. You are always welcome to attend events in ANY
Cheryl Mathis will remain Assistant
Regional Advisor, and Virginia Howard, Illustrator Coordinator. We
hope that Southern Breeze volunteers from the Mississippi area will
help with the transition of our growing chapter.
Regional Advisor Louisiana
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As Regional Advisor, I would like to welcome the
Mississippi SCBWI members from Southern Breeze to the Louisiana
Chapter, now Louisiana/Mississippi Chapter. I know some of
you have a strong connection to Southern Breeze and may decide to
stay with them. I fully understand this decision and would like to
invite you to visit our website
http://scbwi-louisiana.org, to keep informed of what we are
doing. We have monthly critique meetings on the third Saturday of
the month and hope to add events in Mississippi in the near future.
As SCBWI members you are not restricted to attending events only in
one region, and we have always encouraged our members to attend
Again, welcome and I hope
to have the privilege of meeting many of you at future events.
Patricia (Pat) Hefler,
Regional Advisor, Louisiana/Mississippi
Cheryl Mathis, Assistant Regional Advisor
Virginia Howard, Illustrator Coordinator
to the Louisiana Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators was
formed in 1971 by a group of Los Angeles-based writers for
children. It is the only international organization to offer a
variety of services to people who write, illustrate, or share a
vital interest in children's literature. How does it work? The
SCBWI acts as a network for the exchange of knowledge between
writers, illustrators, editors, publishers, agents, librarians,
educators, booksellers and others involved with literature for
young people. There are currently more than 19,000 members
worldwide, in over 70 regions, making it the largest children's
writing organization in the world.
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ATTENTION, LOCAL MEMBERS OF
you been receiving your e-mail notices of our upcoming meetings?
If not, we need to hear from you. Our e-mail list needs
updating. If you have not been receiving e-mails, please
LET'S FACE IT...
National SCBWI'ers are invited to friend our
Facebook group, "SCBWI
Louisiana," where members share news, comment, seek advice,
and keep in touch with other children's writers and
illustrators. This is a closed group page on Facebook available
only to members of the Society of Book's Writers and
The SCBWI Bulletin has a new feature, Art Spot Get
your artwork together and click
here for more information.
here for a valuable PDF file, An Illustrator's Marketing and
Promotion Reference List, compiled by Jaime Zollars.
How Not to Blurb
So you got a great critique, and you'd
like to use one of the positive comments in a query letter or blurb on
your self-published book. But can you?
In "The Ethics of Blurbs," Jan Fields with
the Institute of Children's Literature presents Important information
about using blurbs. Read this article carefully. Click
to read Notices of interest.
have any news or something to contribute to the Web newsletter,
contact Virginia at
what's happening in 2014... take a look at our
Faye B. Kaigler Book Festival
Many of our Louisiana and Mississippi members have presented at
the Faye B. Kaigler Book Festival at USM, Hattiesburg, MS, and
may have already received the email message from Karen Rowell.
It is a wonderful festival attracting librarians from all over
the south. Even if you do not choose to send in a proposal or
have the opportunity to present, it is worth attending for the
workshops and wonderful Keynote speakers: Christopher Paul
Curtis, 2014 Southern Mississippi Medallion Recipient; M.T.
Anderson, Medal winner a couple of years ago; David Small &
Sarah Steward; Kathi Appelt, and others. Most Keynote speakers
are on Thursday, along with Medallion Awards luncheon, so if you
can only attend one day, Thursday would be the one. Go their
website for more information. Click
―― Pat Hefler, RA - LA/MS
Author Whitney Stewart has two picture books coming out
Creating Calm: Mindfulness for Kids (Windy Hollow
Books-Australia) and A Catfish Tale: A Bayou Retelling of The
Fisherman and His Wife (Albert Whitman).
Publishing has acquired Laura Dragon's debut
novel. In Hurricane Boy,
twelve-year-old Hollis Williams’ family is
yanked apart in the harrowing aftermath of
Hurricane Katrina. The separation echoes the
trauma he felt when his father abandoned the
family six years before. Hollis, stuck with his
younger siblings in a shelter six states away,
just wants to find a way to get his family back
together and, somehow, find his father as well.
Publication is set for March 2014.
New Voices Award 2013
Lee & Low Books is now
open for submissions for its 14th annual New Voices
Award writing contest. The Award is given annually by
LEE & LOW BOOKS for a children's picture book manuscript
by a writer of color. For more information, click
Rapides Parish Library's new children's book critique group
meets the second Saturday of each month, from 1:00 - 2:30 pm.
[not sponsored by SCBWI]
Louisiana Commissioning Editor at The History
Press, a publisher of local and regional history publisher,
announced an opportunity for children's authors in Louisiana
with the History Press. The company traditionally publishes
non-fiction. They are, however, expanding to create a children's
imprint of historical fiction. For more information, click
visit the website.
contemporary young-adult book recently sold to Spencer
The book is titled
RECLAIMED, in which a girl determined to flee her small
town finds a reason to stay when she falls in love with
twin brothers, one who can't remember his past and the
other who doesn't want him to remember, told in three
alternating points of view. Publication is set for
Philomel has acquired Julie Lamana's debut novel,
Upside Down in the Middle of
Nowhere. The middle-grade novel takes
place in the Lower Nines of New Orleans just prior to
Hurricane Katrina. Publication is set for summer 2014
for news of our former members of SCBWI-Louisiana Chapter.