•     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.
  • Illustrator Mentorship 2017-2018 The results are in for the 2017-2018 SCBWI-MI Illustrator Mentorship competition. Fourteen illustrators each submitted four illustrations suitable for illustrating kids' books (picture books, chapter books, graphic novels or midgrade and young adult novels). Thank you to all the illustrators who summoned the courage and determination to enter the contest. The entrees were anonymously evaluated by three super-secret, superstar judges. The final decision was made by the mentor, the fabulous and talented Kirbi Fagan. The grand prize is a twelve-month mentorship with Kirbi.    Please join us in congratulating the winner, Sara Kendall and the runner-up, Basya Cohen.  Sara's artwork is featured on the website slider. 
  • Shutta’s Scholarship Solution to the Winter Doldrums is Here Again!   If you are interested in attending the 2018 SCBWI Winter Conference in New York City, but feel you can’t afford it—think again. Shutta’s scholarship will send someone off to the wintery wilds of New York from February 2-4, 2018. And to top it off, SCBWI-MI will pay the awardee’s airfare! You can’t beat that!   Shutta will pay the full early-bird registration fee for a Michigan SCBWI member to attend. The qualifying rules are listed on the application form which is posted on the Michigan SCBWI website and at Shutta’s site.  Applications must be submitted by midnight on October 20th. Due to changes in the format, attendance will be limited and recipients will need to act fast if chosen.  So make your decision now! The winner will be drawn at random and notified soon after registration begins.   SCBWI-MI will reimburse the scholarship winner for the cost of airfare. (There will be a cap on the maximum coverage of the airfare.)   The conference is Feb. 2-4, 2018. Early bird registration starts in October. See the national SCBWI site at: http://www.scbwi.org  for conference details. You never know what magical thing might happen to you there!   Any questions, feel free to contact Shutta Crum, or coRA Leslie Helakoski at: leslie  AT helakoskibooks  DOT  com , or check out the application at the Mich-SCBWi webpage.   Past winners (since 2011) have included: Amy Nielander, Kelly Barson, Vicky Lorencen, Elizabeth McBride, Taraneh Matloob, Lindsey McDivitt, and Andrea Donahoe. DOWNLOAD SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION HERE
  • 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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EVENTS CALENDAR

Current SCBWI-MI Events:

 

Illustrator Mentorship  2017-2018

 

The Annual Shutta Crum SCBWI-MI NY Conference Scholarship

 

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