• What is it? An opportunity for SCBWI-MI members to receive written critiques from children’s literature agents and/or editors.  VIEW WEBSITE AND REGISTER HERE When is it? Registration opens February 1. There will be two rounds. The deadline for submissions for round one is February 15 and the deadline for round two is March 15. Agents/editors will have 6 weeks to critique the manuscripts. Fee? Members will pay $45 for each manuscript submitted. Members may submit more than one manuscript or to more than one editor/agent as long as they pay the $45 for each submission and as long as there are spots available.  Members will pay for the critiques at the time of registration via the online registration platform. All manuscripts must be received by the submission deadline specified – NO EXCEPTIONS. No refunds will be given to anyone who misses the deadline. Deadlines for submission?  5 PM on February 15, 2017 for round one 5 PM on March 15, 2017 for round two members may submit manuscripts anytime after registration opens Those participating in Round One are: Brianne Johnson –Senior Agent at Writers House Adah Nuchi – Editorial Agent at Jill Corcoran Literary Agency Susan Dobinick – Editor at Bloomsbury Children’s Books Julie Bliven – Associate Editor at Charlesbridge Carrie Pestritto – Agent at Prospect Agency Ariel Richardson – Associate Editor at Chronicle Books Those participating in Round Two are: Carrie Howland – Senior Agent at Empire Literary Christa Heschke – Agent at McIntosh and Otis Sean McCarthy – Founder and Agent at Sean McCarthy Literary Agency Victoria Selvaggio – Associate Agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency Andrea Cascardi – Agent at Transatlantic Agency Nikki Garcia – Assistant Editor at Little Brown Books for Young Readers Alison Weiss – Senior Editor at Sky Pony Press Kristin Rens – Executive Editor at Baltzer & Bray/Harper Collins Emily Feinberg – Associate Editor at Roaring Brook Press Kelly Barrales-Saylor – Editorial Director at Sourcebooks Jabberwocky Alex Arnold – Editor at Katherine Tegen Books VIEW WEBSITE AND REGISTER HERE
  • Save the Date! SCBWI Michigan Presents *Marketing Bootcamp* Saturday April 29, 2017 at the MSU Innovation Center in East Lansing. More information to come - SOON!  
  • To Market, To Market: An interactive, at-a-glance resource of book selling events, SCBWI member book launches and signings, and writer/illustrator contests and awards.   These databases are an easily accessed resource-sharing tool for our members that can be added to, viewed, and downloaded and sorted. SCBWI-MI hopes members will find this information useful in their search for local book festivals, fairs and conferences, as well as member signings and launches, and various awards and contests available to writers and illustrators.   All the information on the spreadsheets is supplied by members. Share relevant information by entering the information in the correct column on the spreadsheet.      SCBWI-MI members have access to the following databases: SCBWI Book Signings and Launches Michigan Book Festivals, Fairs and Conferences Awards and Contests   For questions or help contact Dawne Webber at dawne.webber@gmail.com ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  ~  Here's the link to the Awards and Contests sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1tNzBE7-EZsZdC5bwr4JLIzWdSCvMljSGuhCb8EOzRGU/edit?usp=sharing   SCBWI Book Signing and Launches sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xDBsR1sGIzEd-Y2Vh1zClRS9O6V1Ni560A5OBsqk5to/edit?usp=sharing   Michigan Book Festivals, Fairs and Conferences sheet: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1iZv_WttXUQtEmk-yLRUsUGbGbOnmsbNkeR8S_d2LXtk/edit?usp=sharing
  • Hey, Gang! We've hit 500 likes on Facebook!!! Access this link and let's go for 500 more!!!!!! Hurrah for all of us!!!!!!  
  • The Mitten is the official blog for the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. Please spread the word and share with anyone interested in reading, writing, and creating quality literature for children and young adults.  http://scbwimithemitten.blogspot.com/ SCBWI-MI members are encouraged to submit blog posts.  What are we looking for? Success stories tips on any aspect of the publishing process - writing, illustrating, promotion, time management, etc. agent/editor interviews photos, personal impressions, and brief overviews of events, such as conferences, meet-ups, book signings, book clubs, festivals, etc. reviews of books on craft We’re also looking for contributions for our ongoing features: Ask Frida Pennabook: Sometimes it's helpful to tap into the expertise of a fellow writer or artist. Got a question? Need advice? Just ask Frida. Hugs and Hurrahs: We want to trumpet your good news! Send 1-3 sentences about your accomplishment. We love to include photos and art, too. Do you have an idea for a blog post or a new feature?  We’d love to hear it! Submission guidelines: Please query Kristin Lenz at kristinbartleylenz@gmail.com. Include a 1-3 sentence bio and any links, art, book covers, or photos to accompany your blog post. (All images must be your personal property or fair use/public domain.)  
  • The Reading List Program includes books of all genres from our PAL authors and illustrators, both front list and backlist titles. This is an opportunity to find that book that a kid or teen will enjoy and can engage with the fun and adventure of reading. Authors and illustrators from close to your hometown to those around the world are featured on the List. The Lists will be published bi-annually, in the Summer and Winter. Access list by clicking HERE!!!!!!  
  • Wouldn't you love to attend a children's book conference without traveling? No airports, hotels, gas stations, or expense reports? No work time lost? Register and view our affordable webinar from the comfort of your home or office — wherever and whenever you have access to a computer. Or join your friends and colleagues who have registered and watch together. "You guided me from ignorantly-intimidated to old-dog-learned-new-trick! Well done! This internet thing might not be so bad."   CLICK HERE TO REGISTER  Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How It Works lead by Carrie Pearson and moderated by Leslie Helakoski. Description: A nuts and bolts session for writers and writer/s including standards for traditional publishing (formatting, word counts for categories, conventions, what’s pushy, what’s polite), how the industry works (role of agent vs. editor, publishing houses and what they offer, large house vs. small vs. regional), and how we get paid (advance, royalties).   "You guys absolutely ROCK at putting together great presentations and making them really work! Thank you so much!"   – author, Elizabeth McBride  Illustration credit: Nina Goebel


The strength of SCBWI lies in its individual members. Whether you are a creator, publisher, reviewer, librarian, bookseller, educator, or simply someone with a love of literature and a desire to see the best in the hands of children, we invite you to get to know us better.



Current SCBWI-MI Events:


The SCBWI-MI Written Critique Program


Shop Talks – no charge, regular events at locations around Michigan


Talent Showcase: Let us help promote your work on the chapter's website!


Webinar Library: Register and view our affordable webinar from the comfort of your home or office.


Information regarding Adding Promotional Links to Member and Speaker Profiles


Other Industry-Related Events Around the Great State of Michigan:


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