Category Archives: General

Seven Things To Include on Your Author Website, by Lauren Ranalli 

As an author—whether traditional, self published, or aspiring—having your own website is incredibly important. But there’s a big difference between having a site that simply exists to “check a box” and having an author website that is engaging, intentional, up-to-date, … Continue reading

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Seeking Feedback on Your Work: Input vs. Instinct, by Lauren Ranalli

As all authors know, receiving feedback is an important part of the writing process. But what happens when the feedback isn’t helpful or doesn’t align with your gut instincts? I was scrolling through some Facebook groups for authors this past … Continue reading

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Email Marketing for Authors: Six Messages to Send Your Readers, by Lauren Ranalli

Did you happen to read some emails today? 🙂 If so, then you are in good company. Reading email is a daily occurrence for many of us. As an author and marketing professional, I’m often asked about social media. I think social … Continue reading

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Eastern PA and Western PA Team Up for PaLA!

The Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA) conference is happening this week, and thanks to Western PA SCBWI Regional Advisor, Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan, and Eastern PA SCBWI PAL Coordinator, Lindsay Bandy, members from both regions have teamed up to donate signed copies of … Continue reading

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Lessons from Falling on the Ice, by Berrie Torgan-Randall

Lessons from Falling on the Ice  I knew at five years old what I wanted to be when I grew up—a professional ice skater. I decided on my chosen profession after my parents took me to an Ice Capades (Disney … Continue reading

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Donations Needed for our Annual Pocono Retreat Silent Auction, by Erik Ammon

Last year, together, our silent auction raised enough money for two full scholarships for people to come to the Eastern PA SCBWI Annual Pocono Retreat. Thank you so much to everyone who donated and to everyone who bid! Your generosity … Continue reading

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SCBWI BookStop: The Facts, by Laura Parnum

Some of you may have heard of SCBWI’s BookStop event, but maybe you’re not sure exactly what it is. BookStop is a promotional event that occurs every year in October and November. Members who have a book published in the current … Continue reading

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How Can SCBWI Help You?, by Laura Parnum

Many times, when members of the kid lit community are asked to give advice to aspiring children’s book authors and illustrators, one of the top recommendations is to join SCBWI. If you’re following this blog, you’ve probably already done that. … Continue reading

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Writing in Candy Land, by Kristen C. Strocchia

Sometimes the journey to becoming a published author feels a lot like a board game. Complete a manuscript, head straight to Goody Gumdrop Mountain near the end of the board. Join SCBWI, advance one space. Go to a conference, double … Continue reading

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Me Vs. The Imposter, by Rae E.

Every. Single. Day. Is a STRUGGLE. My opponent? The imposter. Picture this. You’re sitting at your desk writing your favorite scene. The characters are arguing, the angst is real and completely tear worthy in its performance. Suddenly, you worry there … Continue reading

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