There are many ways to connect on-line with friendly and welcoming SCBWI-Michigan members. If you aren't connected today, jump in! You can like our SCBWI-MI Facebook page, be part of the new and improved Discussion Boards, and join Michigan's listserv (Michkids). Keep reading to find out more and learn how to connect to your on-line community.
If you’re on Twitter, be sure to follow @SCBWIMichigan, our official Twitter feed. We post regularly about upcoming events, retweet relevant posts from agents, editors, art directors, and writing blogs. We also regularly help our Michigan members increase their Twitter reach by retweeting their posts, and by making “follow” suggestions on our feed.
We also have a blog called The Mitten. There is a link over there in the purple right-hand column. We post great articles on industry news, craft-related advice, interviews with our members, and we feature art from our members as well. You’ll also find information on upcoming events with the Michigan chapter, and non-SCBWI events throughout the state. This blog replaces our former newsletter, which was released quarterly. The blog updates several times a month, so we’re much more timely and relevant, which is so important in an ever-changing children’s lit world.
For professional connections, you may want to try the SCBWI group on Linked In (https://www.linkedin.com/groups?gid=67346&mostPopular=&trk=tyah&trkInfo=tarId%3A1412208330737%2Ctas%3Ascbwi%2Cidx%3A4-1-9) where you can connect with other SCBWI members throughout the country and learn about writing and illustrating opportunities for freelancers. *Note that this is not a Michigan-specific group, but is open to any SCBWI member.
Facebook: here is the link to our SCBWI-MI page where we share important information about events, member blogs, book launches–all things of interest to our members.
Discussion Board: SCBWI has merged with Verla Kay’s Blue Boards and brought aboard her team of knowledgeable moderators and the large community that is part of the Blue Boards. If you have not visited the Boards in a while we think you will be very pleasantly surprised with the active, vocal, helpful community that exists there. You’ll want to join in the conversation. If you'd like, you can peruse the archive of our old discussion boards, too.
"Michkids" Listserv: "MichKids" is an Email Community, sponsored by the Michigan chapter of SCBWI. It is a place where professional and pre-professional children's writers and illustrators share ideas, insights, and experiences with one another in an effort to learn more about our business and craft. MichKids provides an avenue for our members to connect regardless of their geographical distance and has become an online community for more than 130 of our Michigan members.
Subscription is free and open to any SCBWI member. MichKids is served by Yahoo Groups, so if you are already a subscriber to other yahoo lists and already have a password, you can quickly access your subscription information for MichKids. You can select digest, no mail, change your email address, etc. all online. If you are a subscriber to MichKids but don't yet have a password, apply for a one today at http://www.yahoogroups.com/. MichKids is a SCBWI members-only 2-way email list; when your membership is confirmed, you will be added.To join MichKids, put "SUBSCRIBE MichKids" in the subject line of your email, fill the body with your full name, street address, city, zip code, and the expiration date of your membership. Send your email to mailto:MichKidsfirstname.lastname@example.org.
SCBWI membership will be confirmed and you will be added to our listserv. The process generally takes less than a week. You will then receive an automated welcome message with subscription options and information designed to help you participate.
An Email Community is an automatic email mailing list where participants share a common interest. Subscribers send messages to a single email address. The list management "server" (in this case, Yahoo Groups) automatically forwards these messages to all the other subscribers.
One might think of posting to an Email Community much like writing one postcard, putting one address and one stamp on it, and having your postcard immediately and simultaneously delivered to an entire community of people. Readers may reply to you via the list, privately, or not at all. But anything sent to the common address can be viewed by all who subscribe.
Subscribe to Mich-Kids and you'll get in on the conversation with many Michigan members as we share info about writing and illustrating, individual news, and upcoming events.
Emily Post(ing) on Netiquette
by Kim Marie Wood
Emily says: "It is generally impolite to type with the CAPS LOCK on. While it may be easier for those less proficient at the keyboard, it is not polite to SHOUT!"
Emily also says: "An individual's signature file should never be longer than the message they post. Minimally, it should include the sender's name, city and email address."
Emily recommends: "Stop and check the To field before hitting the send button. Don't suffer needless embarrassment by sending a private post to the entire list."
Emily strongly urges: "When replying to a message, don't automatically include the entire last post. Snip and include only pertinent pieces."
And finally, Emily offers this advice: "Always make sure the subject line reflects the message content. And if the related messages spin off in another direction, by all means alter the subject line appropriately."
For listserv issues or concerns, please contact our Listserv Administrator, Debbie Diesen at ddiesen at earthlink dot net
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