Sunday, August 29, 2010

AUSTIN SCBWI—The Best Darned Conference in the World!

OMG, we can't believe the time is here already. Yes, you guessed it. It's time for registration for the annual Austin SCBWI Conference which is set for February 18-19, 2010. It's filled with great faculty, speeches, critiques, small intensive groups, wine and cheese receptions...the list goes on.

We know, you're thinking of a million reasons why you're not going to register right now, but here are some of your excuses refuted. So go ahead and click on the register button right now.

1) You're saying you don't live in Austin.
Yeah, we've heard this one before, and let us offer our sympathies. It is a sad thing that you don't live in the best city in the world, but there's no reason why you can't travel here. I mean people travel to China these days. You can be to Austin in the time it takes to assemble your basic 500 piece Lego set. Trust me, I know. I've done both many times.

2) Okay, you're thinking you might register, but you just aren't sure.
Yeah, there will be space in the conference, but the agent, editor, author, and illustrator critiques are filling up fast. Like as in if you don't send in that application pretty soon, a critique with fab editor Elizabeth Law will just be a dream. And an intensive workshop with Arthur A. Levine will be something the "other people" do.
Be one of those people.

Get a critique with her!

3) You don't know anyone is Austin.
Um, hello. Are you reading this blog post right now? Because we-re thinking you are. And that makes three Austinites you are very good friends with. And we love seeing friends. Seriously. Life is about the relationships, so let's hang out and catch up a little.

4) You're too shy to ever go to a writing conference.
Austin writers are special. There is just something about them that stands out. And I'll tell you what it is. They are the friendliest bunch of people you've ever met in your life. They go out of their way to make you feel welcome (trust me, they took me into the fold). And they'll do the same for you.

5) You don't like cold weather.
Have you looked at a map. This isn't an excuse. Austin is south. Maybe we hit the 20s and 30s from time to time, but I lived in Chicago for a year. I know cold (at least colder that Austin). So take that much-earned time in February and come see us. You hear, ya'll?

Have a glass of wine with him.

Right, so the conference is fab. And you are honestly a click away from being a part of it. Fill out the application and get it in the mail on Monday! That's today (or tomorrow if you happen to be reading this on Sunday). Do it now. If you wait, it will fill up and you'll miss out.

And in case we-re not persuasive enough, the list of our faculty includes...

Emily van Beek – Folio Literary Agency
Carolyn Coman – Author
David Diaz – Illustrator
Julian Hector – Illustrator
Kimberly Willis Holt – Author
Elizabeth Law – VP and Publisher with Egmont USA
Arthur Levine – Editorial Director with Arthur Levine Books
Gregory Pincus – Social Media Expert
Michelle Poploff – VP and Executive Editor at Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers, a Division of Random House
Stephen Roxburgh – Editor with namelos
Jessica Anderson – Austin Author
Chris Barton – Austin Author
Bethany Hegedus – Austin Author
Kari Ann Holt – Austin Author
P J Hoover – Austin Author
Jacqueline Kelly – Austin Author
Jeanette Larson – Austin Author
Jane Peddicord – Austin Author
Liz Garton Scanlon – Austin Author
Jo Whittemore – Austin Author
Brian Yansky – Austin Author
Frances Yansky – Austin Author
Jennifer Ziegler – Austin Author

We'll see you there!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Jessica Lee Anderson on Teens Read Too!

Today on Teens Read Too, Texas Sweetheart Jessica Lee Anderson is being featured! Head over when you get a chance, and if you comment on the post over there, you'll be entered to win a prize pack including a t-shirt and a copy of Jessica's YA novel BORDER CROSSING!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

A Picture Perfect Workshop Featuring Lisa Wheeler

Picture Perfect! A Spit-Polish Workshop Featuring Famed Lisa Wheeler as Keynote Speaker

Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 9th when the Austin SCBWI Chapter will meet at beautiful St. Edwards University to enjoy an incredible day at the page. The focus of this one-day workshop is to hone the skills required to spit-polish your fine manuscripts and illustrations to radiant perfection. Austin SCBWI has gathered a fabulous team of highly successful illustrators and authors who, through presentations and/or valuable one-on-one critiques or portfolio reviews, will generously share their tips for publishing success!

The Presentation/Review Team includes:

  • Lisa Wheeler has written 17 books for children. Her most recent picture book for Atheneum is the hilarious Castaway Cats, illustrated by Ponder Gombel. Learn more about Lisa on her website at
  • Sarah Sullivan who has written three picture books. Her latest, Passing Music Down, published by Candlewick is forthcoming very soon. Learn more about Sarah on her website at
  • Stephanie Greene is a master of the series chapter book. Stephanie has written the Moose and Hildy and Owen Foote series, several middle-grade novels, has earned Horn Book’s coveted starred review for her latest…Happy Birthday Sophie Hartley. Learn more about Stephanie at
  • Don Tate who is an illustrator of children’s books and educational products. His background includes illustration as well as graphic design in the areas of advertising, educational publishing, and visual journalism. Learn more about Don at
  • Laura Jennings who is a freelance illustrator living in Austin, Texas.

Download the promotional brochure listing affordable fee scale, schedule of events, and portfolio and manuscript review information. Click here for the Picture Perfect Workshop brochure.

Note that reservation spaces for one-on-one manuscript and portfolio reviews are limited. Sign up right away to assure a spot!

Sunday, August 8, 2010

It's a brand new book from THE TEXAS SWEETHEARTS!

We couldn't be more excited to show off the brand new cover for Jo Whittemore's upcoming book!

ODD GIRL IN (Aladdin, March 2011) is the second of Jo's books for the Aladdin Mix imprint of Simon & Schuster, and seeing as how I've already had the pleasure of reading it, trust me when I tell you it's going to be awesome!

From Amazon:

A loner tomboy learns how to be a success in a hilarious new MIX title!

Yay, Jo! We're so excited for you!

Friday, August 6, 2010

Book Trailer Love! HOLLER LOUDLY by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Barry Gott

Texas Sweetheart PJ (Tricia) Hoover has officially ventured into the making of book trailers and couldn't be happier to show you a book trailer she made for what she considers to be the most darling picture book coming out this fall!

We give you HOLLER LOUDLY, written by Cynthia Leitich Smith, illustrated by Barry Gott.

HOLLER LOUDLY will be available from Dutton Children's Books, an imprint of Penguin Group USA, Inc., November 11, 2010.

From Amazon:

Holler Loudly has a voice as big as the southwestern sky, and everywhere he goes, people tell him to "Hush!" From math class to the movies and even the state fair, Holler's LOUD voice just keeps getting him into trouble. But when a huge tornado comes twisting into town, Holler (with that voice of his!) saves the day.

Readers will cheer for this rollicking story about celebrating our unique gifts, and Barry Gott's bright, fun illustrations will have you hollering for more.