•     The mission of the PAL Newsletter is to provide SCBWI-MI's traditionally published authors and illustrators with resources that meet their needs. This will include: 1: An article written by a Michigan PAL author or illustrator on craft or experience. 2: Information regarding marketing opportunities. Let's sell those books! 3: Helpful blogs, websites, or articles for continuing education.   SCBWI-MI wants its PAL authors and illustrators to feel supported and connected to each other and it is our hope that this newsletter helps contribute to that. If you are a PAL member and are not receiving the newsletter, please contact PAL Coordinator, Jodi McKay.
  • We’re delighted to announce that SCBWI-MI will hold TWO novel mentorship competitions next year.   You will need a complete draft of your novel to enter either competition.   The Non-PAL mentorship with author Kelly Barson This mentorship is open to full and associate SCBWI members who live in Michigan. Kelly’s books will make you laugh and cry. They’ll show you the truth. They may even give you a glimpse inside yourself. Kelly is also a fabulous teacher. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity. The submission window will be in June 2018.   The PAL mentorship with author Leslie Connor This mentorship is open to PAL SCBWI members who live in Michigan. Leslie is the author of three MG novels, two YA novels and a picture book. Leslie’s books are written with so much heart that they’re likely to break the reader’s heart as well. This mentorship is fabulous opportunity for PAL writers. The submission window will be in April 2018.   FAQs What does PAL stand for? Published And Listed. Defined by SCBWI, these are books published by traditional publishing houses that do not charge money to authors or illustrators. How do I figure out if I’m a PAL member? That depends on whether you’re published. If you are pre-published, you are an associate member. If you are published, it depends on the publisher. If your publisher is on this list of traditional publishers, you are a PAL member. If your publisher is not on that list, you are a full member.  What if my membership status listed on the SCBWI website is incorrect? Refer to this page on www.scbwi.org to determine if you are a PAL member and then contact SCBWI by email and explain the situation. What if my novel isn’t done? Now is a good time to finish it. What will I need to submit? The first 10 pages and a synopsis. Where are the details about how to enter? Submission instructions will be posted on the SCBWI-MI website a few weeks before each submission window. Reminders will be posted on MichKids, Facebook and in one of these emails that goes to everyone. We’ll also have interviews with the mentors on the Mitten blog. Why are you announcing this now? The submission windows aren’t for months. See point 4. Can I apply if I live in Michigan for only part of the year? Sure.
  • 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
  • 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.)  
  • 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


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SCBWI-MI Anti-Harassment Policy   Current SCBWI-MI Events:   Novel Mentorship Program 2018-2019   The P.A.L. Newsletter     Shop Talks - no charge, regular events at locations around Michigan   To Market, To Market - An Interactive, at-a-glance resource of book selling events   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:   Got news to share? A new release to celebrate? Contact Debbie HERE     For events happening around the world, navigate to the Events Calendar.