• 2014 Webinar Series: From Manuscript to Submission hosted by SCBWI-MI and Delve Writing A Five Part Virtual Classroom Experience for Children’s Book Writers and Writer/Illustrators 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? Participate in our webinar series, "From Manuscript to Submission," from the comfort of your home or office -- wherever you have access to a computer. Or join your friends and colleagues who have registered and watch together.   "You guys absolutely ROCK at putting together great presentations and making them really work! Thank you so much!"   -- author, Elizabeth McBride                                                                                                                                                              Click HERE for full registration information. Register for one or all of these great sessions at incredibly affordable prices! If one of the webinar dates has passed, you can still register for the webinar and you will receive a link to the fully recorded event.   Should you opt to pay offline (with a check sent through US mail), note that your seat in the virtual classroom is not confirmed until payment has been received. Because this might affect your opportunity to submit to our publishing professional, it would best to send your fees in right away! You still need to register for the event even if you mail in your payment. Scroll down for the link to register. If you have registered for a webinar, you will receive an email on the morning of the event with directions on how to enter the virtual classroom. The email will be sent to the address you used when registering for the event. See you soon!   Details: -  One webinar shown live each month, January through May 2014 from 7-8 PM EST -  Intended for anyone interested in more information on the children’s book industry. -  Focused on traditional publishing, but beneficial to all creators. -  Webinars will include live Q&A and a handout for future reference. -  Will conclude with the opportunity to submit to Literary Agent, Sean McCarthy (first 35 registrants), Literary Agent, Anna Olswanger (next 40 registrants), or Associate Agent, Linda Epstein (next 20 registrants).   Register for a single session or multiple sessions. Register for the series (5 sessions) and receive a reduced rate versus registering for each session individually. SCBWI members enjoy a reduced fee.  Live webinars with real time Q&A are limited to the first 100 registrants. This is your chance to ask the questions you want answered! A recorded version, including handouts, will be available to an unlimited number of registrants for three months after the live event.   Click on the dates below for more information about each session and to register and then pay through Paypal or with a check by snail mail: January 16 -- Children's Book Industry 101: Industry Standards, Conventions and How the Industry Works with Carrie Pearson, moderated by Leslie Helakoski. This live event was awesome! If you missed it, you can still register for session one or all five sessions and receive a recorded version complete with the chat session, resource handout, and Q&A.  February 27 -- Put Your Best Foot Forward with Monica Harris (cover vs. query, synopsis, blurb and pitch - how they are different and how to write them so agents and editors will beg to see your pages) This live event was awesome! If you missed it, you can still register for session two or all five sessions and receive a recorded version complete with the chat session, resource handout, and Q&A. March 27-- Find the Right Fit with Harold Underdown (how to research and get in the door with the right agent, editor, and/or publishing house for your work). This live event was awesome! If you missed it, you can still register for session one or all five sessions and receive a recorded version complete with the chat session, resource handout, and Q&A.  April 24 -- Authors as Entrepreneurs: Surviving (and Thriving) the Publishing Revolution with Julie Hedlund (tools and skills needed to create a thriving business from writing)  TICKETS TO Julie Hedlund's LIVE EVENT ARE SOLD OUT! BUT DON'T WORRY; YOU CAN STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS POPULAR WEBINAR. REGISTER FOR THE RECORDED VERSION AND ENJOY ALL THE BENEFITS OF THE LIVE EVENT–EXCEPT FOR LIVE CHAT–FOR THREE MONTHS. ALL PAID IN FULL REGISTRANTS (LIVE AND RECORDED VERSION) RECEIVE RESOURCE HANDOUTS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE LIVE EVENT. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23 AT 2:00PM EST AND REOPEN ON APRIL 25. May 15 – Everything in Its Right Place with literary agent, Sean McCarthy (an acquiring agent's perspective on the market, choosing your most viable projects, missteps to avoid, how to make your work rise to the top). Mr. McCarthy is offering a limited number of critiques to the first 35 SCBWI member registrants for the first 1000 words of a picture book or first ten pages of a novel. Update: Mr. McCarthy's critiques slots are now full. Acquiring literary agent, Anna Olswanger, is offering a limited number of critiques (40). When those fill, Associate Agent, Linda Epstein will offer an additional 20 critiques. Registrations for this unique opportunity are coming in quickly, so register today.  TICKETS TO Sean McCarthy's LIVE EVENT ARE SOLD OUT! BUT DON'T WORRY; YOU CAN STILL TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THIS POPULAR WEBINAR. REGISTER FOR THE RECORDED VERSION AND ENJOY ALL THE BENEFITS OF THE LIVE EVENT--EXCEPT FOR LIVE CHAT--FOR THREE MONTHS. ALL PAID IN FULL REGISTRANTS (LIVE AND RECORDED VERSION) RECEIVE RESOURCE HANDOUTS WITHIN 24 HOURS OF THE LIVE EVENT. REGISTRATION WILL CLOSE WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 AT 2:00PM EST AND REOPEN ON MAY 16. "You guided me from ignorantly-intimidated to old-dog-learned-new-trick! Well done! This internet thing might not be so bad." Registration is NOW open!!!!!! Illustration credit: Nina Goebel
  • We are proud of our accomplished and talented illustrators. Please take the time to puruse their websites and galleries. We have a feeling that you'll be very glad you did! Mallette Pagano – mallettedesign.com Lori Taylor – www.loritaylorart.com Michelle Ouellette - www.michellecandraw.com Matt Faulkner - www.mattfaulkner.com/‎ Ruth McNally Barshaw - www.ruthexpress.com Jonathan B. Wright - http://urban-fairies.com/ Jenny Scott - jennyescott.com Lori Eslick - www.EslickART.com Diana Magnuson, Illustrator - dianamagnuson.com Cecily Donnelly - www.cecilydonnelly.com Angie Kidd - www.AngieKidd.com Makiko Orser -   Linda Shears - www.lindashears.com Heidi Woodward Sheffield - www.heidibooks.com Beth Rayner Wong Herbert Yee - http://wongherbertyee.blogspot.com/ Virginia Rinkel  Deborah Bardenhagen-Ludlow  -www.animalscantalk.net  Jennifer Powell - www.powellbookart.com  Ann Murray  Emily Wilson - Emilywilsondesigns.com  Sandy Williams - www.soundofwings.com  Dana Atnip  - http://www.DanaAtnip.com  Brad Cooper  Dawn Fuller - http://dawnskysthelimit.com  Elle Vee - http://ellevee.com Nina Goebel - http://www.ninafecit.com/        
  • This year there were over 200 entries for the Tomie dePaola Award.  For me, that means that over 200 illustrators took the chance and created an image that was a personal interpretation of an assigned text with specifications of size, color and age group.  I want to applaud everyone who entered.  Believe me, I know what it takes to put yourself and your abilities on paper to be judged by someone else, in this case, a grumpy old man that’s been in the business for a very long time, me. That said, let me comment on the entries in general.  Almost everyone (except for two or three) did their pictures the right size.  This may seem like a small feat, but in the real world of publishing the “specs” are really of the utmost importance. Color was a non-issue. The tricky part of the assignment was age group.  As was stated, “The target age is two months to two years.” The entries were all over the place.  Here I am going to get a little critical.  Some pictures were way too busy.  Some bordered on the grotesque.  I really worried that some images might have frightened little ones.  There were a bunch of “up the nostrils” point of view.  Really?  But the thing that bothered me the most was the apparent need many of you had to illustrate an actual sneeze with all kinds of “stuff” flying out of noses.  Hey, this is FLU season.  Another note: Quite a few elephants – intriguing, maybe?  Enough said. Click HERE to read more about the award. Hurrah, Nina!!!!! Your SCBWI MI family is mighty proud of YOU!
  • We are proud of our accomplished and talented illustrators. Please take the time to peruse their websites and galleries. We have a feeling that you'll be very glad you did! Mallette Pagano – mallettedesign.com Lori Taylor – www.loritaylorart.com Michelle Ouellette - www.michellecandraw.com Matt Faulkner - www.mattfaulkner.com/‎ Ruth McNally Barshaw - www.ruthexpress.com Jonathan B. Wright - http://urban-fairies.com/ Jenny Scott - jennyescott.com Lori Eslick - www.EslickART.com Diana Magnuson, Illustrator - dianamagnuson.com Cecily Donnelly - www.cecilydonnelly.com Angie Kidd - www.AngieKidd.com Makiko Orser -   Linda Shears - www.lindashears.com Heidi Woodward Sheffield - www.heidibooks.com Beth Rayner Wong Herbert Yee - http://wongherbertyee.blogspot.com/ Virginia Rinkel Deborah Bardenhagen-Ludlow  -www.animalscantalk.net Jennifer Powell - www.powellbookart.com Ann Murray Emily Wilson - Emilywilsondesigns.com Sandy Williams - www.soundofwings.com Dana Atnip  - http://www.DanaAtnip.com Brad Cooper Dawn Fuller - http://dawnskysthelimit.com Elle Vee - http://ellevee.com        
  • We are proud of our accomplished and talented illustrators. Please take the time to peruse their websites and galleries. We have a feeling that you'll be very glad you did! Mallette Pagano – mallettedesign.com Lori Taylor – www.loritaylorart.com Michelle Ouellette - www.michellecandraw.com Matt Faulkner - www.mattfaulkner.com/‎ Ruth McNally Barshaw - www.ruthexpress.com Jonathan B. Wright - http://urban-fairies.com/ Jenny Scott - jennyescott.com Lori Eslick - www.EslickART.com Diana Magnuson, Illustrator - dianamagnuson.com Cecily Donnelly - www.cecilydonnelly.com Angie Kidd - www.AngieKidd.com Makiko Orser -   Linda Shears - www.lindashears.com Heidi Woodward Sheffield - www.heidibooks.com Beth Rayner Wong Herbert Yee - http://wongherbertyee.blogspot.com/ Virginia Rinkel Deborah Bardenhagen-Ludlow  -www.animalscantalk.net Jennifer Powell - www.powellbookart.com Ann Murray Emily Wilson - Emilywilsondesigns.com Sandy Williams - www.soundofwings.com Dana Atnip  - http://www.DanaAtnip.com Brad Cooper Dawn Fuller - http://dawnskysthelimit.com Elle Vee - http://ellevee.com Nina Goebel - http://www.ninafecit.com/        
  • More exciting information will made available very soon!   However, should you desire to reserve a room at the lovely Mission Point Hotel you may do so now. Simply dial  (800.833.7711) and mention SCBWI MI. They're waiting to hear from you. We're looking forward to seeing you on the island with us this fall! All the best from your SCBWI MI team.        
  • We are proud of our accomplished and talented illustrators. Please take the time to peruse their websites and galleries. We have a feeling that you'll be very glad you did! Mallette Pagano – mallettedesign.com Lori Taylor – www.loritaylorart.com Michelle Ouellette - www.michellecandraw.com Matt Faulkner - www.mattfaulkner.com/‎ Ruth McNally Barshaw - www.ruthexpress.com Jonathan B. Wright - http://urban-fairies.com/ Jenny Scott - jennyescott.com Lori Eslick - www.EslickART.com Diana Magnuson, Illustrator - dianamagnuson.com Cecily Donnelly - www.cecilydonnelly.com Angie Kidd - www.AngieKidd.com Makiko Orser -   Linda Shears - www.lindashears.com Heidi Woodward Sheffield - www.heidibooks.com Beth Rayner Wong Herbert Yee - http://wongherbertyee.blogspot.com/ Virginia Rinkel Deborah Bardenhagen-Ludlow  -www.animalscantalk.net Jennifer Powell - www.powellbookart.com Ann Murray Emily Wilson - Emilywilsondesigns.com Sandy Williams - www.soundofwings.com Dana Atnip  - http://www.DanaAtnip.com Brad Cooper Dawn Fuller - http://dawnskysthelimit.com Elle Vee - http://ellevee.com Nina Goebel - http://www.ninafecit.com/        
  • We are proud of our accomplished and talented illustrators. Please take the time to peruse their websites and galleries. We have a feeling that you'll be very glad you did! Mallette Pagano – mallettedesign.com Lori Taylor – www.loritaylorart.com Michelle Ouellette - www.michellecandraw.com Matt Faulkner - www.mattfaulkner.com/‎ Ruth McNally Barshaw - www.ruthexpress.com Jonathan B. Wright - http://urban-fairies.com/ Jenny Scott - jennyescott.com Lori Eslick - www.EslickART.com Diana Magnuson, Illustrator - dianamagnuson.com Cecily Donnelly - www.cecilydonnelly.com Angie Kidd - www.AngieKidd.com Makiko Orser -   Linda Shears - www.lindashears.com Heidi Woodward Sheffield - www.heidibooks.com Beth Rayner Wong Herbert Yee - http://wongherbertyee.blogspot.com/ Virginia Rinkel Deborah Bardenhagen-Ludlow  -www.animalscantalk.net Jennifer Powell - www.powellbookart.com Ann Murray Emily Wilson - Emilywilsondesigns.com Sandy Williams - www.soundofwings.com Dana Atnip  - http://www.DanaAtnip.com Brad Cooper Dawn Fuller - http://dawnskysthelimit.com Elle Vee - http://ellevee.com Nina Goebel - http://www.ninafecit.com/      
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EVENTS CALENDAR

Current SCBWI-MI Events:

2014 Webinar Series: From Manuscript to Submission. A five session virtual classroom experience that started January 16. Can still participate!
 

Meet-Ups – no charge, regular events at locations around Michigan
 

Return to Mackinac Island: 2014 Fall Conference
 

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

 

Earth Day Celebration with Carrie Pearson – April 26 at Moose Wood Nature Center on Presque Isle Park
 

Milford Library Author Event – May 3

 

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