A Field Trip to the New-York Historical Society, by Virginia Law Manning

On July 17, I traveled with a group of five Eastern PA SCBWI members to New York City to see Picture the Dream: The Story of the Civil Rights Movement through Children’s Books at the New-York Historical Society. The exhibition was curated by award-winning children’s book author Andrea Davis Pinkney and included original illustrations from over 40 children’s books. The illustrations told the story of how Black people and families were impacted by and resisted racism.

I was thrilled the Eastern PA chapter offered free registration to SCBWI members for this important show. While we were a small group, I believe we all left eager to share our stories of the day and information about the historical figures and events with family and friends. 

There was so much to absorb—the beautiful original illustrations, the valuable explanations offered by our tour guide, and the placards, as well as historical photographs and objects culled from the museum’s collection. The museum provided reading copies of all the books included in the show. Unfortunately, our time was limited, so I was relieved to find a list of all the books on the museum’s website. The list is included below. 

One of the books I’m hoping to read first is Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey with Gwen Strauss, illustrated by Floyd Cooper. Prior to the tour, I was not familiar with The Negro Travelers’ Green Book, a directory of safe hotels, motels, restaurants, and service stations for Black travelers published from 1936 to 1966. A 1959 edition of the Green Book was on display, and museum visitors could explore a digital version on an iPad.

Another book I’m eager to read is Milo’s Museum written by Zetta Elliott and illustrated by Purple Wong. As a volunteer educator for Art Goes to School, I’m all too aware that artwork created by minorities is underrepresented in museums’ collections. I’m happy to see authors, illustrators, and publishers now working hard to create beautiful books to educate children about diverse artists!

I was also drawn to endpapers by James E. Ransome from This Is the Dream; an illustration created on a recycled box by Van Thanh Rudd for The Patchwork Bike; and collage illustrations by Bryan Collier, Jared Andrew Schorr, Ekua Holmes, and Charlotta Janssen. While the illustrations included in the exhibition were all from children’s books, they didn’t shy away from difficult imagery. Kadir Nelson’s “Burning Cross” glows as if lit from behind. Faith Ringgold’s haunting Klan members ride black horses in the night. Tim Ladwig depicted community members coming to witness 14-year-old lynching victim Emmitt Till’s broken body. 

While our tour guide brought us through the galleries, I became aware there were only two other visitors in the halls with us. Both adults. Perhaps families thought the subject or imagery too difficult for children. I don’t know. I do know the curator and our tour guide wanted us to understand that children, as well as adults, suffered, struggled, marched, and built the civil rights movement. As children do today. In the last gallery, works created by children over the past two years, and collected by the New-York Historical Society’s History Responds Initiative, were on display: “Through these marker, paint and pencil colored works, kids demand and put to paper a plea for a more just world.” 

Over the next year, I hope to read all the books included in the exhibition. If you have a favorite children’s book that you believe should be included in this list, I hope you’ll add it to the comments section below.         

I want to thank the Eastern PA regional team for giving me the opportunity to organize this trip and my fellow travelers! I loved going on this journey with you! 

To all readers, I hope you’ll join us for the next Eastern PA SCBWI field trip! On October 8, we’ll meet at the Princeton Children’s Book Festival in Princeton, NJ. More information coming soon. Here is the list of books included in Picture the Dream. Enjoy! 

  • A is for Activist, written and illustrated by Innosanto Nagara, Kupu Kupu Press, 2012
  • A Place to Land by Barry Wittenstein, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Holiday House, 2019
  • A Sweet Smell of Roses by Angela Johnson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2005
  • A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson, illustrated by Philippe Lardy, Houghton Mifflin, 2005
  • All Because You Matter by Tami Charles, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Scholastic, 2020
  • Always, Jackie by J. Patrick Lewis and Ronnie Rabinowitz, illustrated by John Thompson, Creative Editions, 2020
  • As Good as Anybody: Martin Luther King, Jr., and Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Amazing March toward Freedom by Richard Michelson, illustrated by Raúl Colón, A.A. Knopf, 2008
  • Back of the Bus by Aaron Reynolds, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Philomel Books, 2009
  • Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired a Nation by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Greenwillow Books, 2008
  • Child of the Civil Rights Movement by Paula Young Shelton, illustrated by Raúl Colón, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010
  • Coretta Scott by Ntozake Shange, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Katherine Tegen Books, 2009
  • Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James, Bolden, an Agate Imprint, 2017
  • Delivering Justice: W.W. Law and the Fight for Civil Rights by James Haskins, illustrated by Benny Andrews, Candlewick, 2005
  • Freedom Like Sunlight, by J. Patrick Lewis, illustrated by John Thompson, Creative Editions, 2000
  • Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2001
  • Hands up! by Breanna J. McDaniel, illustrated by Shane Evans, Dial Books for Young Readers, 2019
  • Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2011
  • Hey Black Child by Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier, LB Keys/Little, Brown and Company, 2017
  • Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman, HarperCollins, 2018
  • I Am Enough by Grace Byers, illustrated by Keturah A. Bobo, Balzer + Bray, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2018
  • I Am Human: A Book of Empathy by Susan Verde, illustrated by Peter Reynolds, Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018
  • I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr., by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., illustrated by Kadir Nelson, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2012
  • I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2012
  • If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks, written and illustrated by Faith Ringgold, Simon & Schuster Books for Young People, 1999
  • John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by James Haskins and Kathleen Benson, illustrated by Benny Andrews, illustrated by Lee & Low, 2006
  • Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, Harcourt, 2000
  • Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2018
  • Lillian’s Right to Vote: A Celebration of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Shane Evans, Schwartz & Wade Books, 2015
  • Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly by Walter Dean Myers, illustrated by Leonard Jenkins, HarperCollins, 2000
  • March: Book One by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions, 2013
  • March: Book Two by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions, 2015
  • March: Book Three by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, illustrated by Nate Powell, Top Shelf Productions, 2016
  • Martin Rising: Requiem for a King by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Scholastic Press, 2018
  • Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Hyperion Books for Children, 2001
  • Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Fay Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, Calkins Creek, an imprint of Highlights, 2018
  • Milo’s Museum by Zetta Elliott, illustrated by Purple Wong, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2016
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee: How One Song Reveals the History of Civil Rights by Claire Rudolf Murphy, illustrated by Bryan Collier, Henry Holt & Company, 2014
  • My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Martin Luther King III, illustrated by AG Ford, Amistad, 2013
  • Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change by Michelle Cook, multiple illustrators, Bloomsbury, 2009
  • Parker Looks Up: An Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry and Jessica Curry, illustrated by Brittany Jackson, Aladdin, 2019
  • Peaceful Fights for Equal Rights by Rob Sanders, illustrated by Jared Andrew Schorr, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2018
  • Ruth and the Green Book by Calvin Alexander Ramsey, illustrated by Floyd Cooper, Carolrhoda Books, 2010
  • She Stood for Freedom: The Untold Story of a Civil Rights Hero, Joan Trumpauer Mulholland by Loki Mulholland, illustrated by Charlotta Janssen, Shadow Mountain, 2016
  • Sit-in: How Four Friends Stood up by Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney, Little, Brown and Company, 2010
  • Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o, illustrated by Vashti Harrison, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2019
  • The Beatitudes: From Slavery to Civil Rights by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Tim Ladwig, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 2010
  • The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage, written and illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2015
  • The Other Side by Jacqueline Woodson, illustrated by Earl Bradley Lewis, Putnam’s, 2001
  • The Patchwork Bike by Maxine Beneba Clarke, illustrated by Van Thanh Rudd, Hachette Australia, 2016
  • The Story of Ruby Bridges by Robert Coles, illustrated by George Ford, Scholastic, 1995
  • The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist, by Cynthia Levinson, illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children’s Publishing Division, 2017
  • Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Black Boy by Tony Medina, multiple illustrators, Penny Candy Books, 2018
  • This is the Dream by Diane Z. Shore and Jessica Alexander, illustrated by James E. Ransome, HarperCollins Publishers, 2006
  • Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom by Lynda Blackman Lowery, illustrated by PJ Loughran, Penguin Random House, 2015
  • Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Candlewick Press, 2015
  • We March written and illustrated by Shane Evans, Roaring Brook Press, 2012
  • We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices edited by Wade Hudson & Cheryl Willis Hudson, multiple illustrators, Crown Books for Young Readers
  • What Do You Do with a Voice Like That?: The Story of Extraordinary Congresswoman Barbara Jordan by Chris Barton, illustrated by Ekua Holmes, Beach Lane Books, 2018
  • When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson: The Voice of a Century by Pam Muñoz Ryan, illustrated by Brian Selznick, Scholastic Press, 2002
  • White Water: Inspired by a True Story by Michael S. Bandy and Eric Stein, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, Candlewick Press, 2011
  • Why Am I Me? by Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls & Selina Alko, New York, 2017
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Member News—July 2022

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book–related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please email Laura Parnum at epa-ra2@scbwi.org before August 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:

Illustration Commission

Author-illustrator Berrie Torgan-Randall has been commissioned by Ladybug Magazine to illustrate a six-panel feature for the Nov/Dec 2022 issue. 

Agent Signing

Picture book and MG author Jessica Yoon signed with literary agent Tara Gonzalez of Erin Murphy Literary Agency.

Awards and Honors

The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos

Author Hilda Eunice Burgos received a 2021-2022 Charlotte Zolotow honor for her picture book The Cot in the Living Room (Kokila/Penguin Random House, 2021). The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually for outstanding writing in a picture book published in the United States. Up to five honor books and up to ten highly commended titles may also be named each year. The award was established and is administered by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center, a children’s literature library of the School of Education, University of Wisconsin-Madison. In The Cot in the Living Room, a young girl develops empathy for the children who need to use the living-room cot while their parents work the nightshift.

A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers

Author Alison Green Meyers received the 2022 Carolyn W. Field Award from the Youth Services Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association (PaLA). Carolyn W. Field dedicated her life to advancing children’s literature and the powerful role that libraries play in the lives of youth. Since 1983, PaLA’s Youth Services Division has recognized the best book for youngsters written or illustrated by a Pennsylvanian through the Carolyn W. Field Award. A Bird Will Soar tells the story of a bird-loving autistic child whose family’s special nest is in danger of falling apart.

Grandma Lisa’s Humming, Buzzing, Chirping Garden by Lisa Doseff

Author Lisa Doseff’s book, Grandma Lisa’s Humming, Buzzing, Chirping Garden, won the silver medal in the Children’s and Young Adult’s Non-Fiction category from the Midwest Book Awards. In this award, publishers based in the Midwest are invited to enter the annual Midwest Book Awards competition for excellence in books. The awards recognize creativity in content and execution, overall book quality, and the book’s unique contribution to its subject area. In this book, Join Grandma Lisa as she enlists the enthusiastic help of her grandchildren in transforming her yard into an attractive garden for wildlife. Told in rhyme, children will enjoy learning about important concepts such as host plants, compost, food webs, and so much more.

Publication Announcements

Things We Feel featuring poems by Rose Cappelli and Katey Howes.

Two of our members, Katey Howes and Rose Cappelli, have poems featured in the alphabet poetry anthology Things We Feel (edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong). The book was released this month by Pomelo Books and features poems from A to Z along with full-color photographs that will help kids talk about feeling amazed, brave, curious, determined, excited, frustrated, grateful, happy, inspired, jealous, kooky, lonely, mad, nervous, and more. The poems are ideal for children in preschool through grade 2 (ages 3-7) and can also be used as mentor texts for older students.

The Mouse Who Played Football illustrated by Tom Uleau (a.k.a. Mr. Tom)

Illustrator Tom Uleau (a.k.a. Mr. Tom) announced the release of his debut picture book, The Mouse Who Played Football (Temple University Press, August 1, 2022), which was written by Philadelphia Eagles Hall of Famer Brian Westbrook and TV personality Lesley Van Arsdall. The Mouse Who Played Football is about a mouse named Brian who is looked down upon because of his size. He proves doubters wrong at each stage of his life, mirroring the experiences of Westbrook, former Eagles running back from 2002 to 2010. Tom and the authors will be appearing at the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia at noon on August 4.

Ellen L. Ramsey’s poem “An Unusual Race” (involving a slug versus a snail) was published in Spider Magazine and illustrated by Lera Munoz. The issue includes the poem and a fun recipe for “snail snacks” by Heather Tietz with illustration by Anni Betts (and the recipe does not include any snails or slugs, Ellen promises!).

Deal Announcement

Author Patricia Kreiser recently announced the publishing deal for her debut picture book, Together. The story, which addresses the topics of loss and separation, follows two otters who are always connected—until suddenly they are not. The book was sold to Christianne Jones at Capstone and is scheduled to be released in spring 2024.

Television Appearance

Author Lindsay Bandy appears on Good Day PA!

Author Lindsay Bandy was featured on Good Day PA! this month. In an “Author Spotlight” segment on Bastille Day, Lindsay was interviewed about her debut historical fiction YA novel, Nemesis and the Swan. In the book, which is set in revolutionary Paris, the secrets behind an eerie set of brooches will either send a young aristocrat to the guillotine or save her life.

SCBWI Recommended Reading List—July 2022

Each month, SCBWI features books written and illustrated by members from across the globe and every month highlights a new theme that will foster discussions, activities, and enjoyment! This month, SCBWI celebrates our members who have self-published or independently published their books without the help of a traditional/PAL publisher. Books featured from Eastern PA members include Fig Wheatley and the Circle of Lunch by Lori DeFinis and Mikey and the Swamp Monster by Jeanne Moran.

If you have good news to share, please send it to epa-ra2@scbwi.org to be included in next month’s Member News column or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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Call for Blog Submissions: Personal Journeys!

We Want to Hear from YOU!

The EasternPennPoints blog is always open to submissions from our members. If you’d like to share a part of your writing or illustrating journey online, we’re happy to feature it on our blog and repost it on our social media platforms to share with our members and followers.

Got some advice for other creators? Send it our way! Want to share a “How I Got My Agent/Book Deal” story? Hit us up! Feel like boosting a fellow Eastern PA SCBWI member’s accomplishment? Conduct an interview with them and we’ll post it here! Our aim is to educate others by sharing learning experiences, advice, resources, and tips related to the creation and business of children’s and YA books.

Contributing to our blog can be a one-time thing or a regular occurrence. And since SCBWI is a global organization well recognized in the publishing industry, contributing to our regional blog can be a great item to include in a query letter bio if you’re looking to fill it out with industry-related accomplishments.

Submission Guidelines:

  • If you have an idea for a personal piece related to the creation or business of children’s or YA books to share on our blog, send an email to Co-Regional Advisor (and Blogmaster) Laura Parnum at epa-ra2@scbwi.org to discuss your idea.
  • Contributors must be current Eastern PA SCBWI members.
  • All contributions must be your own work.
  • All contributions must relate to writers, illustrators, or translators of children’s or YA books or to the creation of or business of children’s or YA books.
  • A little self-promotion is okay, but our aim is to educate by sharing learning experiences, advice, resources, and tips so that others may benefit from your knowledge.
  • Please keep your word count below 1,000 words. Many times, less is more!
  • Please do not include artwork or images due to copyright concerns (jacket covers and author photos/headshots are permissible).
  • Please paste written work in the body of your email (no attachments).
  • Please include a brief bio with your work (~100 words).
  • Publication on the EasternPennPoints blog is not guaranteed. All submissions will be reviewed by team members to ensure that they adhere to SCBWI’s Code of Conduct.

We Can’t Wait to Hear from You!

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A Cafe Chat with Graphic Designer/Associate Creative Director Kirk Benshoff, by Jenny Krumrine

We are getting really excited about our annual Illustrator Day event, which will be back in person this year at the main branch (Parkway Central) of the Free Library of Philadelphia on October 8. One of our faculty presenters will be graphic designer and associate creative directer at Macmillan—Kirk Benshoff. In preparation for the event, we invited Kirk to our virtual EasternPennPoints Café for a quick chat with Jenny Krumrine, one of our Eastern PA SCBWI volunteers. Here’s what they had to say.

Jenny: Hi, Kirk. Welcome to the EasternPennPoints virtual café! What would you like to drink? Anything to nibble on? I recommend … everything. You can count on it being made in-house here.

Kirk: Wonderful! I’ll have a black coffee. My daily fuel!

Jenny: I couldn’t miss the photo of the late André the Giant on your website. Is that you standing next to him? How did that happen?

Kirk: Haha … That’s just pure Photoshop magic. I was a big fan of him as a kid and thought it would be funny to Photoshop my face on a wrestler standing next to him. I’m never comfortable with pictures of myself … so the image checks many boxes for me!

Jenny: I also couldn’t miss the fact that on your website and in other interviews, you mention FUN—the fun of making books. What are some fun and meaningful exercises that you would suggest for creators interested in growing their skillset?

Kirk: Keep creating in some way for yourself. I see people with sketchbooks that they always have on hand so they can draw for themselves. Maybe you like pottery or printmaking … Anything that keeps stirring one’s creative pot. It’s when you create for yourself that those things that inspire you the most bleed into your other work. You’re then more likely to experiment and ultimately go out on that limb to try something new!

Jenny: Do you have any advice for illustrators making sequential art to really make their work have impact? For me, sometimes it’s the subtle change of the color palette that can give me an emotional gut punch by the end.

Kirk: There are a TON of decisions that need to be made in a graphic novel. I recommend thinking about the visual tools you want to use as early as possible. That would include what the bubbles are going to look like, what font/hand lettering you want to use, the size of the of the lettering. Are there going to be color palette changes, inking style changes, etc? Think about these visual tools in the context of your story. Then make sure these tools are working the way you want them to before committing to them. This then allows the creator to focus on the storytelling, which oftentimes results in a stronger story.

Jenny: Where do you recommend illustrators showcase their work to generate opportunities? Instagram, childrensillustrators.com, their SCBWI profile …?

Kirk: For me, I need quick and effective showcases for artwork. A website that shows all of the work right up front or Instagram. If work is buried to deep, unless a talent has come directly recommended … I don’t have the time to uncover the work.

Jenny: When you are looking to hire an illustrator to illustrate a graphic novel, what do you look for in their portfolio?

Kirk: I need to see styles with more than one image, examples of paneling, and the artist’s general understanding of the comic format. I need to feel confident that an artist can execute a style for 200 to 300 pages. If I just see one piece of art, unfortunately I can’t go by that alone! The journey to make a graphic novel is long and hard, so I need to know the artist is up to the task.

Jenny: Thanks in advance for helping make Illustrator Day happen! Do you have one last teaser for us? Something we can look forward to hearing more about in your talk?

Kirk: I’m excited to talk about process! It’s gonna be fun!

Kirk Benshoff [he/him/his] is a Graphic Designer/Associate Creative Director at Macmillan managing the design team for First Second and handling the graphic novels for Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Roaring Brook Press, Holt, and Feiwel and Friends. His experience spans over twenty years designing comics, trade books, magazines, logos, illustrations, websites, and more. Kirk manages a dream team of designers who work with some of the most talented sequential art creators in the world. His goal is to perfect the graphic novel workflow to allow creators the most freedom in creating their comics while maintaining a predictable structure for the publisher, keeping costs to a minimum, moral high, and a deep focus on quality. Kirk’s approach centers around author care, determining objectives, “Proof of Concept” pages to flesh out the details, staying on or under budget, on time, all while having fun making the books. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and two children who keep stealing his comics.

Illustrator Day Information

Join us in person at the Parkway Central Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia on October 8 from 9:00am to 5:00pm. In addition to Kirk, we’ll have New York Times bestselling author/illustrator Kayla Miller, associate editor at Feiwel & Friends Rachel Diebel, and literary agent Janna Morishima. In addition, we’re offering critiques and portfolio reviews and an art director’s assignment. Full tuition scholarships are available. For more information and to register, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/illustrator-day-2022/.

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Member News—June 2022

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book–related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please email Laura Parnum at epa-ra2@scbwi.org before July 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:

Book Release

Chaos Bound by L. Ryan Storms

YA author L. Ryan Storms has announced that Chaos Bound, the final book in the Tarrowburn Trilogy was released on June 14, 2022. Finally, the Chaos Wielder’s identity has been revealed, but Quinn is gone, and Reina and Alesh have little time to save their world from an eternity of chaos and ruin. The two traverse the Elorin Empire in search of help from the emperor, but instead find assistance in unexpected places. After gaining the trust of a scrappy young girl and the allegiance of a brawny ex-guard with guts and guile, they embark on a haphazard, ever-changing plan, relying on sheer determination and a bit of luck to see them through. Still, not all is as it seems in these lands, and those who die don’t always stay dead. A strange set of circumstances may release Quinn from his bindings and provide him with exactly what’s needed to rid the world of chaos, but his freedom depends on his ability to face the darkest moments of his past. Can he embrace the parts of himself he most despises and reach Reina and Alesh before the looming eclipse . . . or is Liron doomed to fall to darkness? The first book in the series, A Thousand Years to Wait, placed first in YA fiction in the 2021 Royal Dragonfly Awards.

Deal Announcement

Anna Sargeant at Sourcebooks has bought world right for The Reindeer Remainders by Katey Howes, a picture book that showcases STEAM and SEL concepts as reindeer students divide into groups throughout the school day and learn to manage the emotions and logistics of being left out. Marie Hermansson will illustrate. Publication is slated for June 2024.

Cover Reveal

Plátanos Are Love by Alyssa Reynoso-Morris

Picture book author Alyssa Reynoso-Morris revealed the cover for her debut picture book, Plátanos Are Love, which is illustrated by Mariyah Rahman. This is a delicious picture book about the ways plantains shape Latinx culture, community, and family, told through a young girl’s experiences in the kitchen with her abuela. With every pop of the tostones, mash of the mangú, and sizzle of the maduros, a little girl learns that plátanos are her history, they are her culture, and—most importantly—they are love. The book is slated to release in April 2023 and is available for preorder. You can also check out this video showing Alyssa’s joy when she received her F&Gs this week: https://twitter.com/AReynosoMorris/status/1541555687788105729

Cover Reveal and Deal Announcement

Meow! The Truth About Cats by Annette Whipple

Author Annette Whipple recently revealed the cover for the fifth book in her Truth About series, Meow! The Truth About Cats, which is scheduled to release in November 2022 from Reycraft Books. Why do cats have whiskers? How do cats land on their paws? Do people need cats? These and other questions are answered by the author, along with some extra information provided by the cats themselves. The book is available for preorder. Annette is also thrilled to share The Truth About series will continue with books #6 and #7. She recently signed contracts for books about sharks and lizards with Reycraft Books.

If you have good news to share, please send it to epa-ra2@scbwi.org to be included in next month’s Member News column or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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Member News—May 2022

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book–related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please email Laura Parnum at epa-ra2@scbwi.org before June 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:

Book Release

Ribbit! The Truth About Frogs by Annette Whipple

The latest book in the Truth About series, Ribbit! The Truth About Frogs, by author Annette Whipple was released on May 15. Where do frogs live? What sounds do frogs make? How do frogs eat? These and other questions are answered by the author, along with some extra information provided by the frogs themselves.

Book Release

Author Adam Lehrhaupt released his latest picture book, There Was a Hole (Sleeping Bear Press) on April 15. Lily has a hole. It eats her joy, makes her angry, and—no matter what Daddy does to try to help—it just keeps growing. So Lily retreats. But a friend lets her in on a secret (he has a hole too!) and shows her the best way to repair holes: spend time on friends, family, the things you love, yourself, and kindness. Those patches don’t make the hole go away, but they help. A lyrical and age-appropriate story for learning to cope with grief and loss.

Upcoming Publication

The Nightmare Bug by Hillary Daecher

Author Hillary Daecher‘s next book The Nightmare Bug (Schiffer Kids) will be released in August. Discover how one small child decides to take control of their nightmares and tackle the Nightmare Bug once and for all. With the help and comfort of the child’s mother, along with friends Blankie, Bear, and Rhino, the child drifts off to sleep feeling empowered and ready to show the Nightmare Bug there is nothing to be afraid of in the night. Skipping through dreams of oceans, giants, and the moon, the child, along with the stuffed friends, searches for the Nightmare Bug. When they finally encounter the Nightmare Bug and show the bug the power of what love can do, will the Nightmare Bug disappear forever? The Nightmare Bug is available for preorder. 

Film Agent Signing

Author Diana Rodriguez Wallach recently announced that her upcoming YA novel, Hatchet Girls, which comes out in Fall 2023 via Delacorte, is now repped by film agents Carolina Beltran and Nicole Weinroth at William Morris Endeavor.

Book Announcements

Author Jessica Whipple recently announced that her upcoming picture book Enough (Tillbury House, Spring 2023) will be illustrated by Nicole Wong. She has also signed a deal for another picture book, I Think I Think a Lot, which will publish with Free Spirit Publishing and is special to Jessica because of her OCD, to which the main character can relate.

SCBWI Recommended Reading List—May 2022

Each month, SCBWI features books written and illustrated by members from across the globe and every month highlights a new theme that will foster discussions, activities, and enjoyment! This month’s reading list focused on mental health awareness and included books that raise the awareness of trauma and the impact it can have on the physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing of young people. Books by Eastern PA members included In Honor of Broken Things by Paul Acampora, There Was a Hole by Adam Lehrhaupt, The Boy from the Basement by Susan Shaw, and Try Not to Breathe by Jennifer Hubbard.

If you have good news to share, please send it to epa-ra2@scbwi.org to be included in next month’s Member News column or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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Announcing Our 2022 Mentorship Pairs

We’re excited to announce the final pairs in our 2022 Eastern PA SCBWI Mentorship Program, which kicks off later this month!

Congratulations to these promising mentees, and thanks to the mentors willing to share their experience, time, and talents. 

We’re looking forward to wonderful things!

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Member News—April 2022

Member News is a monthly feature on the EasternPennPoints blog. We want to celebrate our Eastern PA SCBWI members’ good news and help spread the word far and wide. Send us your children’s book–related news—book deals, releases, awards, author or illustrator events (signings, launch parties, appearances), etc. If you’d like your news to be included in next month’s column, please email Laura Parnum at epa-ra2@scbwi.org before May 20, or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

Here’s some exciting news from our members this month:

Crystal Kite Award Finalists

Congratulations to authors Katey Howes and Alison Green Myers for advancing to Round 2 of the SCBWI Crystal Kite Award selection for the Atlantic region. The Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world. SCBWI members are asked to vote in two rounds to determine the award for each division. Rissy No Kissies by Katey Howes and A Bird Will Soar by Alison Green Myers were two of four books to be selected for Round 2. Round 2 voting ends April 30.

Deal Announcement

Sophia Ezomoghene recently announced a book deal for her chapter book series, The Osagie Twins. Winsome Bingham at Reycraft has acquired English and Spanish rights for three books in the series. In the first book, twins Eddie and Nosa break the #1 house rule of going into Baba’s home office. When they knock over a vase, releasing Eshu the trickster god, they need to recapture him before Baba gets home. Publication for the first book is set for fall 2023.

Publication Announcement

The Secret Life of the Sea Otter illustrated by Kate Garchinsky

Illustrator Kate Garchinsky’s next book in the Secret Life series will release on May 24. The Secret Life of the Sea Otter (Astra Young Readers) was written by Laurence Pringle. Living off the coast of California in the Northern Pacific Ocean, Lutris the sea otter shares her life in a giant kelp forest habitat with many other otters and animals. Lutris is resourceful and relies on her keen sense of sight and smell to find food and survive. When her pup is born, Lutris lovingly tends to and teaches her daughter until she is ready to head out into the world on her own. Filled with important facts and Kate’s gorgeous illustrations, readers will be fascinated by the story of these remarkable mammals. This latest title in the Secret Life series has been vetted by a sea otter expert and includes back matter with more in-depth information, a glossary, and further resources. The Secret Life of the Sea Otter is available for preorder.

Upcoming Publication and Preorder

Ghosts Come Rising by Adam Perry

Author Adam Perry’s next book will release this September. Ghosts Come Rising (Yellow Jacket, September 6, 2022) is a middle grade novel set in the mid 19th century, when a religious movement called Spiritualism spread across America. Spiritualists believe that the living could communicate with the dead. Complete with ghostly black-and-white photographs, this suspenseful book tells the story of twelve-year-old Liza Carroll and her little brother as they try to find answers and hide a secret while staying at a spooky Spiritualist commune. Ghosts Come Rising is available for preorder.

Deal Announcement

Author Annette Whipple recently announced a deal for her book Wild Wonders: Animal Devotions for Kids. The book was acquired by Linda Howard at Tyndale. This new book for kids celebrates children’s curiosity through 52 devotions featuring 52 different animals. Wild Wonders is scheduled for publication in fall 2023.

Cover Reveal and Preorders

Author Katey Howes has two upcoming picture books in the works. She recently revealed the cover for A Poem Grows Inside You (Innovation Pr, October 4, 2022) illustrated by Heather Brockman Lee. We all hold the seed of something wonderful inside us, just waiting for the right moment to bloom. In A Poem Grows Inside You, the seed of an idea waits for the rhythm of the rainfall to awaken it, then takes root and begins to grow. At once a celebration of the deep connection creatives have with their art and an acknowledgement of the courage it takes to let it into the sun, this beautifully illustrated picture book encourages readers to nurture their talents and boldly share them with the world. Her next picture book, Woven of the World (Chronicle Books, February 7, 2023), is illustrated by Dinara Mirtalipova. Told from the perspective of a young girl learning to weave, Woven of the World is a lyrical meditation on the ancient art of weaving and what this beautiful craft can teach us. Both books are available for preorder. 

Upcoming Publication and Preorder

Our Shadows Have Claws Anthology featuring a story by Alexandra Villasante

A short story by author Alexandra Villasante will be included in the upcoming anthology Our Shadows Have Claws (Algonquin Young Readers, September 6, 2022). The book contains fifteen original short stories from YA superstars, featuring Latine mythology’s most memorable monsters. Our Shadows Have Claws is available for preorder.

Song Collaborations

Songwriter Annie Lynn recently collaborated with two SCBWI members from other chapters. The first song is a commissioned song, written during STORYSTORM, by teacher/author/SCBWI Carolinas member Tonnye Fletcher and Annie Lynn. It’s the theme song for Tonnye’s video interview show “PBJamz.” The song will explain the show. Tonnye also has a lovely voice, and sang accompaniment on the song. Anyone with a book that also has a song with it should contact Tonnye at tonnyefletcher.com if they’d like to apply as a guest author.

The second song is another STORYSTORM song, written and inspired by author/NJSCBWI member Tara Lazar and her new book Absurd Words (Sourcebooks Explore, January 2, 2022). The song features an appearance by Tara at the end, channeling her best “Ernestine the Operator.”

Publication and Workshop

Author-illustrator Berrie Torgan-Randall’s six panel illustration “Firefly Fun” is in the May/June edition of Ladybug Magazine. Berrie was also the invited Resident Assistant at a recent Highlights Foundation Conference, “Creating Picture Books with Humor and Heart: A working retreat.”

Bank Street Best Children’s Books of 2021

The Bank Street College of Education released their list of the Best Children’s Books of the Year for books published in 2021. Each year, the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee issues an annotated guide to more than 650 children’s books they consider the best publications of the prior year. Among the books honored were several written by members of our region, including Way Past Jealous by Hallee Adelman, The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos, The Cicadas Are Coming by Doug Wechsler, Miosotis Never Forgets by Hilda Eunice Burgos, Everywhere Blue by Joanne Rossmassler Fritz, and Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb. In addition, several books illustrated by the late Floyd Cooper were featured in the list, including A Day for Remembering’: Inspired by the True Events of the First Memorial Day by Leah Henderson, The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly across the United States by Louisa Jagger and Shari Becker, and Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carol Boston Weatherford. For a complete list of the Bank Street Best Childnren’s books of 2021 click here.

SCBWI Recommended Reading List—April 2022

Each month, SCBWI features books written and illustrated by members from across the globe and every month highlights a new theme that will foster discussions, activities, and enjoyment! April is the month we bring awareness to our environment and promote clean living and a healthy, sustainable habitat for both the people and wildlife living on this place we call home: Earth. This month, two of our Eastern PA members’ books were featured in the Recommended Reading List: Everywhere Blue by Joanne Rossmassler Fritz and Lucy Clark Will Not Apologize by Margo Rabb.

If you have good news to share, please send it to epa-ra2@scbwi.org to be included in next month’s Member News column or fill out our “Good News Survey.”

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Walk the Walk, by Anthony D. Fredericks

A Monthly Column by Anthony D. Fredericks

Walk the Walk

I’m currently working on a new children’s book—one commissioned by Wellspan Heath, an integrated health system that serves the communities of central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland. For the past fifteen years, they have run Get Outdoors (GO) York!—a summer-long physical activity initiative, conducted in partnership with York County Libraries, that encourages children and families to visit parks and trails in and around York County, PA. It is designed to promote reading and physical activity for children of all ages. In celebration of their 15th anniversary, I was invited to create a children’s book that would feature the parks, reserves, and forests of York County via narratives, poetry, stories, and hands-on activities.

To be successful, I knew I had to “walk the walk.”

I suppose it would have been quite easy to sit in front of my computer, access a couple of local websites, and put together an assembly of facts and figures that would define the various parks and outposts of the county. But, that was not my perception of the assignment. I had to give my young readers a sense of the spirit and energy of each designated spot; they needed to know that a naturalistic environment was more than an assembly of trails, a collage of playground equipment, or an occasional gathering of wildlife. Each of these places was a pause in the cacophony of everyday life—places devoid of cell phones, emails, text messages, apps, tweets, and all manner of electronic interruptions and intrusions that push and shove the real world to the fringes of our consciousness. Many kids are wrapped in an electronic cocoon—an envelope that isolates them from the natural world. What youngsters often need is to step out of their comfort zones and reconnect with things wondrously normal and contemplatively natural—to visit a truer ebb and flow of life.

To do that, I needed to do on-site research. I needed to get “up close and personal” with each distinctive ecosystem. I needed to personally walk the trails, commune with trees, pause beside tumbling streams, wander beside long fields of cornstalks, and observe the arc of migratory birds over the Susquehanna River. I needed to get close with nature so that my readers could do the same in their personal ventures around this vibrant landscape. My personal connections were a necessary framework and essential foundation for each chapter of the book, without which the manuscript would be an empty vessel—one lacking both personality and passion. You, too, can discover that spirit in a local park, garden, or hiking trail.

The same is no less true for works of fiction. When I crafted my fictional story The Tsunami Quilt: Grandfather’s Story, I wanted to give youngsters a personal feeling about the impact of tsunamis, not in a scientific way, but more in a personal sense. I wanted them to feel the impact of this natural disaster on families and neighbors. Again, I could have made my writing much easier by referencing any number of websites. But, I decided that, unless I physically visited the site of a disastrous tsunami (and its aftermath) I could not, in all good conscience, tell a story about the personal impact on a young boy’s relationship with his grandfather. So, I took a trip to the Big Island of Hawaii and Laupāhoehoe Point where, on April 1, 1946, a devastating tsunami destroyed a school and took the lives of 24 teachers and children. As I walked the same grounds that students and educators walked more than 75 years ago, I began to feel the spirit of the place—a transference of emotions that underscored the passion and peril I needed for this book. Truth be told, it was a walk unlike any other walk I have ever taken. I still have those goosebumps.

Success as a children’s author is more than a mastery of grammar, a command of dialogue, or the establishment of voice. It’s also about engagement . . . insights of a character, dynamics of place, and the intimacy of a scene. It is storytelling from the inside out. It is crawling inside the soul of your narrative and a way of building an impassioned bridge between ourselves as authors and the readers for whom we are writing. Without walking the walk, our words are empty and lifeless. They take up space on the page but seldom gain a space in the hearts and minds of our readers. Experience what you want your readers to experience and you will begin to craft stories that command attention, drive the narrative, and engage emotions.

By walking the walk, you’ll be able to talk the talk!

NOTE: The “Get Outdoors” book profiled above will be the fourth “community-based” children’s book I’ve written. Others include books for the York Revolution minor league baseball team, United Way of York, and the Northern Central Railway of York (an excursion train that runs along a historical rail line). Consider contacting your own local groups and organizations to see if they might be interested in a specially written children’s book for their members or as part of their outreach efforts.

DEAR READERS: For the past four years, I have been deeply honored to write this column. I sincerely hope that these monthly musings have provided you with engaging ideas and insightful practices—aiding in your success as a children’s author. But, now it is time for me to “retire.” My decision is based on a few factors; but primarily on the realization that we grow as writers only when we consider a wide variety of viewpoints and embrace a plethora of dynamic possibilities. A fresh voice, new experiences, and a different way of thinking will help you achieve your own literary goals. That said, it is still my continuing wish that every reader experience a most passionate career and a most triumphant venture (and adventure) into the hearts and minds of children everywhere! I look forward to reading your creative productions! Bon voyage! Bon vivant! 

In Friendship and with All Best Wishes,

Tony Fredericks


Tony is the author of more than 50 children’s books—many of which have won national writing awards (i.e., Outstanding Science Trade Book [Children’s Book Council], Isaac Walton Book of the Year, etc.). He has also authored the best-selling (and Spider-Man–approved) Writing Children’s Books: Everything You Need to Know From Story Creation to Getting Published (https://amzn.to/3CqgSYu). 

Editor’s Note

Eastern PA SCBWI would like to thank Tony Fredericks for providing four years of writing advice, insights, and wisdom in his monthly column here on the EasternPennPoints blog. We are so grateful for his dedication to our region and our members over the years.

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A Cafe Chat with Literary Agent Lori Steel, by Jenny Krumrine, and a Critique Giveaway

Our “Meet the Agency” webinar series, featuring Raven Quill Literary, is running through the month of April with presentations from four agents from Raven Quill. At the end of the series we are hosting a live virtual “Pitch Parlor” with the agents. For more information, including how to register for the webinars and sign up for a pitch session, go to https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-series-meet-the-agency-rqla/.

Today on the EasternPennPoints blog, one of our Eastern PA SCBWI Equity and Inclusion Team members, Jenny Krumrine, interviews our final presenter in the “Meet the Agency” webinar series, literary agent Lori Steel. Lori will be presenting “The Magic of Revision” on April 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time. We are also giving away a free manuscript critique by Lori to one lucky reader, so be sure to check out the details at the end of this interview!

A Café Chat with Literary Agent Lori Steel, by Jenny Krumrine

Jenny: Hi, Lori. Welcome to the EasternPennPoints virtual café! 

Lori: Thank you for inviting me!

Jenny: What are you having to drink? And anything to eat with that? I’m in the mood for tea and a scone. Maybe that’s because I saw from your bio that you lived in Oxford, UK.

Lori: Tea and scones are a perfect pairing for an afternoon break! Coffee is my drink of choice in the mornings, but afternoons always include milky tea, often with a piece of toast and jam, or a Jaffa cake if handy.

Jenny: What did you do in the UK? What do you miss most about it?

Lori: You’ve done your homework! I actually studied history at the University of Liverpool for a year during my undergrad years where I met my husband. We moved to Oxford for him to pursue graduate work. While he studied, I worked at St. Hilda’s College, rowed crew, and raised a family. Our extended family still lives up north in the spectacular Lake District, so I consider both Oxford and Cumbria special places. Mostly, I miss our family and friends—especially over the past few years during the pandemic. But I also miss meandering walks that often end with a good bitter at a local pub.

Jenny: I’m really looking forward to your talk—The Magic of Revision. You describe revision as both the “real work” and the “real magic.” Some writers might feel that the “magic” in their story is the original spark that inspired them to write in the first place. Others might feel the “magic” is their plot. Can you give us a teaser about revision magic?

Lori: Transforming a blank page into a story is a special magic all unto itself. A creationism that can, at times, feel like an out-of-body experience. At least, that’s been my experience! But, for me, revision is a different kind of magic. This space is more analytical, process-oriented, and revelatory. It’s where we take graphemes and grammar, sentences and syntax, into skilled hands and sculpt, manipulate, flesh out until it becomes a living, breathing Story. 

In this talk, The Magic of Revision, I hope to demonstrate how writers can approach revision through the five senses. We’ll discuss story development and specific tips and tools to help  support revision organization.

Jenny: Your bio at ravenliterary.com describes you as working “editorially with clients to ensure their work shines before finding its perfect home.” What metrics do you use when evaluating a story? What elements are you looking for? How do you typically work with a client during the editorial process to make their work shine?

Lori: I’m not sure I use any metrics with my clients’ projects, per se, but certainly story craft and market viability both come into play. Of course, story development and revision look different for picture books and novels. Within each form, I need to consider the illustrative possibilities, the audience, and the narrative style and approach for each subject, among many other craft elements. However, even if I love the story, I must also be confident that I can place it in a good publishing home. That’s where the market comes into play. 

Once a decision has been made to go out on submission (to editors) with a project, it’s time to revise until the pages sing and shine. That means looking at the manuscript globally before getting down to line-level edits. This often starts with a phone/Zoom conversation followed by one or more rounds of revisions before we feel confident that it’s ready for an editor’s eyes. Working with clients is a partnership and, in the end, revisions must resonate with their own creative vision of the work. One of the great joys of my job is receiving a client’s revised manuscript and discovering the treasure they unearthed during the revision process. The skill, dedication, and professionalism with which they approach each project is absolutely inspiring!

Jenny: How has children’s literature changed over your career? How do you see children’s literature evolving in the future? You have more than one perspective on this—as a librarian, as an agent, and you also have an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. 

Lori: Being an educator, school librarian, and writer before becoming a literary agent certainly provides me with a unique perspective on the evolution of children’s literature. However, while kidlit is ever-changing and, in many cases, acts as a bellwether on the state of childhood and young adulthood, there is one constant: their stories must engage and trust young audiences. I call these “sustaining stories,” and this is the quality I look for when evaluating a project. Stories that authentically speak to the trials and tribulations—and joys!—of growing up, without talking down to their audience. Books that speak to greater truths that young people experience without didacticism. These are books that stand the test of time, regardless of their topics. 

Jenny: What kinds of stories are you gravitating toward?

Lori: I gravitate toward authentic, voicy, setting-rich stories where the first lines grab me and won’t let go. Like any reader, I yearn to be immersed in a new world where I come away a little changed because I experienced a new place, situation, emotion, and/or connection with a character. I gravitate toward authors who trust readers to meet stories where they are without “teaching them a lesson” as the purpose of their book. Young people have enough adults doing this every day! I’m on the lookout for those sustaining stories where I can picture both the perfect publishing home and imagine young readers requesting holds on these titles, whether they be humorous, mysterious, or dramatic. This may all sound ambiguous, but, unless it’s hard sci-fi or YA horror, I’m curious to find any story that grabs me and won’t let go. I guess you could say, I’m looking for story magic!

Lori Steel is a literary agent at Raven Quill Literary where she represents both authors and illustrators ranging from picture books through YA. Prior to agenting, Lori was an educator and school librarian where she had the special honor of finding just-right books for young readers. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Art’s Writing for Children and Young Adult Program and is a member of AALA. Lori lives with her family in Washington DC. When not engaged in bookish pursuits, Lori is probably walking their golden-chow mix or whipping up a new recipe. @Bookishsort

Webinar Information

April 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. Eastern time 

The Magic of Revision with literary agent Lori Steel

You’ve got a full draft, but now what? Revision! It’s where the real work—and magic—happens. But where to start? RQLA literary agent Lori Steel will discuss how to approach revision with an artist’s eye and a carpenter’s skill. The goal of the talk is for writers to add concrete strategies to jump-start the revision process and keep momentum going until their manuscript shines.

To register, please visit our registration page at https://epa.scbwi.org/events/webinar-series-meet-the-agency-rqla/.

Critique Giveaway

Eastern PA SCBWI is giving away a free written critique (picture book and middle grade fiction or nonfiction and YA fiction (no horror or hard sci-fi, please) with literary agent Lori Steel to one lucky Eastern PA SCBWI member! For picture books, Lori will critique one full manuscript plus a 2- to 3-sentence pitch in the same document. For MG/YA, Lori will critique up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis.

To enter, please comment on this blog post before 9:00 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, April 16. We will choose the winner at random from those who comment. Must be a current Eastern PA SCBWI member to be eligible. Please include your full name as it appears in your SCBWI membership. If you’d like to comment on this blog post but not be entered to win (e.g., if you are not an Eastern PA SCBWI member or if you are not interested in a critique), simply state that along with your comment. Materials for the critique are due Friday, April 29, 2022. The winner will be announced in the comments section of this blog post, so check back after the deadline to see if you’re our winner! Instructions for submitting materials will be sent to the winner. 

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