Perhaps I’ll title it “It’s Your Time” or ” Not for Dabblers” : )
Perhaps I’ll title it “It’s Your Time” or ” Not for Dabblers” : )
Congrats to regional members Adam Lehrhaupt and Val Jones, whose books were mentioned in Publisher’s Weekly this week as top sellers!
Click to read the PW article, What’s Selling at Harleysville Books, and be sure to check out WHO WANTS BROCCOLI and I WILL NOT EAT YOU!
Today, we catch up with another of our lovely Fall Philly Faculty members, Melissa Edwards of Stonesong Literary Agency! Click here to learn more about Melissa and Stonesong, and if you haven’t signed up for Fall Philly yet, hurry! Spots are filling fast.
It’s officially my favorite season now, which means it’s time for sweaters and pumpkins and hay rides and open windows and….Fall Philly! We have a pretty spectacular faculty this year, and Lori Ann and I are busy checking in with them about what they’re looking for right now. We’ve also got some posts in store for you to help prepare you for pitching, so stay tuned!
Our First Fabulous Featured Fall Philly Facutly (sorry…I love alliteration almost as much as Fall) is the talented Linda Camacho, agent at Prospect Literary, LLC!
Hi Linda! Can you tell us what’s on your wishlist right now?
- I want to be surprised! I look for great stories across all genres. More specifically, I’m looking for a middle grade that breaks my heart (like The Thing About Jellyfish) or is a sweet romance (like Flipped), or is on the spookier side (like Coraline), or one that’s just plain funny (like Diary of a Wimpy Kid). For YA, I could use an amazing fantasy (like The Girl of Fire and Thorns). Or a western (Can’t think of an example, but I really want one!), a historical narrative (like Code Name Verity), or an epically romantic fairytale/myth retelling (like The Star Touched Queen).
What’s your best tip for creating a good pitch?
- Let the voice of the story shine through your pitch. It’ll give me an idea of the tone and will stand out more than a drier spiel.
Thanks for stopping by! Can’t wait to meet you in a few short weeks!
FALL PHILLY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER
And it’s better than ever.
Join us for an all-star line-up of PA authors and acquiring agents at this year’s Fall Philly.
October 23, 2016
9am – 4pm
Warwick Hotel at Rittenhouse Square
Adam Lehrhaupt (I Will Not Eat You), Elizabeth Kann (Pinkalicious), Becky Birtha (Lucky Beans), Diana Rodriguez Wallach (Anastasia Phoenix), Jennifer Hansen Rolli (Just One More), as well as your hosts, Kim Briggs and Alison Green Myers, will entertain you with five craft focused sessions throughout the day.
And… Sign up for one-to-one pitch sessions with acquiring agents. Adriana Dominguez (Full Circle Literary), Linda Camacho (Prospect Agency), Beth Phelan (The Bent Agency), Kelly Peterson (Corvisiero Literary), Jordy Albert (The Booker Albert Agency), Danielle Burby (HSG Agency), Melissa Edwards (Stonesong Agency), Charlie Olsen (Inkwell Management), and Sean McCarthy (The Sean McCarthy Literary Agency), Christa Heschke (McIntosh and Otis Agency), Carrie Howland (Empire Literary) will be in attendance with limited meetings open to you.
Registration: $99 for SCBWI members, $139 for non-members
Ten minute pitch sessions: $25
Pitches open to registered conferees only.
You are limited to five pitches at the event.
****Please note: Spots are filling FAST.
SIGN UP TODAY ON OUR EASTERN PA SCBWI’S WEBSITE
EXCITING MEMBER NEWS
Yep, one of our members has done it again!! Lauren LeBlanc won SCBWI’s WIP award for her chapter book submission: How to be a Bad Guy by Dallas Bottomley
Fed up with his friends’ obsession with superheroes, 8-year-old Dallas decides to become a villain instead. But when he discovers he would rather stand up for the underdog, he must redefine what villainy means to him.
Here’s the official SCBWI WIP ANNOUNCEMENT. Let’s give a round of applause for Lauren and wish her a ginormous amount of luck for the next round of her journey.
We want your news!
If you’ve recently signed a book deal or won an ward, or your next book is coming out, we want to know and we want to share it with the WORLD!! Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your news!
Kim Briggs, Co-RA Eastern PA SCBWI
Let’s face it: Explaining what we do is harrrrd. Sometimes, we might opt not to tell anyone that we write or illustrate until something big happens, like a multi-million dollar contract. But that’s a little sad, right? I mean, my husband tells people that he golfs. My kids tell people they like to do crafts and dance. So why is it so hard to tell people we write and/or illustrate?
I think it’s because people “get” golfing. They get kid crafts and dance class and yoga. But the publishing industry? Half the time, we don’t even get it, ourselves, because it is the Wild Wild West. There are no hard and fast rules. There is no one path. It could take ten weeks or ten years. And the hard truth is, not everyone makes it to the six-figure contract stage.
But there are some perks to this Wildness: We can work within the rules and get wildly different, creative outcomes. There are many different paths to success, and multiple definitions of success. You don’t actually have to be J.K. Rowling to do what you love. And if you educate yourself in order to educate others, you can even talk about what you do without (too much) trepidation.
Try these tips next time you hesitate to talk about your work, and please let me know any of your own!
Q: So, are you published yet??
You worry that saying NO will make you sound dumb, incompetent, and delusional, right? But if you can explain some of the process, you’ll actually educate someone else on how incredibly complex it is. Being knowledgeable and providing examples can go a long way to helping you feel both understood and positive about your efforts. For example, if you’re in the querying phase, explain what that looks like:
Well, I finished my manuscript, got some peer reviews, polished it up, and now I’m sending query letters to agents that I think would be a good fit. Many agents get about 40 queries a day, and they have their own clients to take care of, as well, so it can be a long wait to hear back from them. Some successful authors query for years before landing their agent or publisher. Did you know that Stephen King had so many rejections he drove a spike into his wall to hold them all? Did you know Harry Potter got like 11 rejections from publishers before being picked up? Did you know it took the creators of Phineas and Ferb 16 years of rejections to get their TV show off the ground? So I’m just trying to be patient and focus on a new project for now. It’s a long haul.
Q: Where are you going this weekend?
Umm….to…a..uh…..writer’s conference. It can feel weird to tell people you’re going away for the weekend to a writer’s and/or illustrator’s conference, because people have expectations. Like you’re going to walk through the door and a beam of light will rest upon your head, and suddenly, publishers will bow down to your genius and throw money at you. If that happens to you, please take a picture. But if not, try something like:
I’m going to a conference to meet other writers/illustrators and learn from industry professionals. I’m also helping out at the registration table!
This brings me to another really important point:
GET YOURSELF OUT THERE!!
Being involved in an organization like, oh, I don’t know….SCBWI!!! can help you to share your activities with others who get it, as well as those who don’t. Telling people you help out at events, or writing a post for this very blog and sharing it on your own social media sites can be a great way to be doing something…something you can feel proud to talk about and share. Be brave and reach out to an author, illustrator, or agent you admire and see about an interview for our blog or your own. Tweet and interact with authors and illustrators to tell them you love their work. Build relationships, and let them bloom! Don’t just wait for the big thing to happen. Start making things happen now!
I hope that helps you to feel a little more comfortable talking about the awesome and important work you do.
Keep on educating yourself and others, and take the words of Louisa May Alcott to heart:
I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning how to sail my ship.
I can’t think of a better way to kick off this hot September weekend than revealing the cover for Starr Fall, Book One, the Young Adult Romance Series by Kim Briggs, releasing November 4, 2016 from Inkspell Publishing!
We’re always pumped to share member news (pssst….if you’ve got some, send it our way!), and Kim does so much for our region as RA. We’re super proud of her, and so excited to share her good news! So, without further ado, here it is…..
Book One of the Starr Fall Series
By Kim Briggs
Release date: November 4, 2016
Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
Pre-Order Buy Links:
About the Book:
On the run from the Organization, Starr never planned on falling in love.
Starr Bishop’s the complete package. A perfect smile, brains to match, and a winning attitude. Boys want to date her and girls want to be her. She’s the type of girl you want to hate, if only she wasn’t so damn likable. But don’t worry, she’s not interested in your boyfriend. Boys are one complication she can live without.
When the Organization decides she’s not only the model student but the ideal assassin, Starr’ll need a lot more than high test scores and extracurricular involvement to get herself out of that commitment.
Dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood is the last person she’d expect—or even want— to come to her rescue. From opposite ends of Webster High’s social hierarchy, their lives collide in one electrifying moment. Christian isn’t the Goth loner he pretends to be, he’s a part Cherokee, All-American boy who wants to be a hero, Starr’s hero. Christian makes Starr forget that the Organization is after her, but nothing will stop the Organization from collecting their top recruit.
By the way, the spot for junior class president just became available.
About the author….
Kim once smashed into a tree while skiing. The accident led to a concussion, a cracked sternum, temporary notoriety as a sixth grader returned from the dead, and the realization that fictionalized accounts are way more interesting than just slipping on the ice.
An unhealthy obsession with conspiracy theories combined with a love of travel and happily ever afters led Kim to write her YA novel, Starr Fall, where a secret organization decides Starr Bishop would make the ideal assassin. While in hiding, Starr meets dark, moody, and dead sexy Christian Evergood. Cue the swoon worthy music. But it’s not all happily ever afters for Kim, her NA novel, And Then He, explores the dark and scary corners of the human psyche. Following a night of innocent flirting with a handsome stranger, Tiffani finds herself in the midst of a nightmare she can’t escape. And Then He is available now through Amazon and other major book retailers. Starr Fall will debut November 2016 with Inkspell Publishing.
When she’s not doing something writerly, Kim can be found jumping into snow drifts with her three kids, husband, and dog. She’s careful to avoid trees.
To celebrate Starr Fall’s cover release, Kim wants to give away some swag. Let’s look at the cover again…
One lucky winner will receive a bag of Starr Fall swag including bookmarks, all the fixings for s’mores (once you read the book, you’ll know why), and this…
See that little metal tag? It says “Me to We.” Cool huh? You know what else is cool, the purchase of the bracelet bought one month of clean water to a child in a community overseas. Starr’s all about water and making an impact. Kim is too, and she can’t wait to give this bracelet to one lucky recipient. All you need to do is pre-order Starr Fall, then email a copy of the proof of purchase (a screenshot works) to KimBriggsAuthor @ gmail.com (Don’t forget to remove the spaces;)
Winner will be announced on Kim’s Website Monday, October 3, 2016.