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November 2017



After September’s “It’s Your Business” conference, you might have gone home feeling you knew a whole lot more about the Children’s Book Biz than you did before. You met professionals who live to create, support, and get quality books out to young people. You were excited about positive feedback. Negative remarks disappointed. You heard things you didn’t expect and confusion slipped in. Are you any good? Does the project really work? Should you focus on marketing, editing, your social media, how to make money in the Children’s Book World off of beginning writers?
Or maybe you should just call it quits - - - at least for a little while.
Stop                      Breathe                    Consider
Why are you illustrating and/or writing for children?

Remember when you were young. Remember a favorite book. A book that was like a best friend; protecting you during hard times; celebrating moments of joy; taking you places you couldn’t get to otherwise; showing you worlds you never even knew existed.
Think about librarian and teacher heroes who found these books, just for you, and put them in your hands.
Think about children who told you how happy or sad or frightened or beautiful or wondrous a book made them feel.
And imagine the person who creates the words or creates the images that make a children’s book ‘become’ in the first place.
AND THAT IS                   WHY.
You want to be the person who makes a book for children ‘become’ in the first place. Focus on the children in your audience. Work on your craft.  Leave all other concerns behind.
Kindest wishes for a peaceful winter solstice,

Claudette Hoffmann
North Texas Critique Group Coordinator



Illustrator Lunch Meetup:
Join us for our monthly meetup - this time we'll do lunch at Cafe Brazil in Plano! We'll discuss upcoming events, kidlit news, and any "wins" you're celebrating. Feel free to bring any recent art to share with the group. Saturday, November 4, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Cafe Brazil, 200 Coit Road, Plano. REGISTER NOW

Non-Fiction Webinar from SCBWI Oklahoma:
The Craft of Nonfiction: Where Does Your Story Come From, and More Importantly, Where Does it Go?

With Erica Zappy Wainer, freelance editor for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers. 11/5/2017 at 4:00 p.m. REGISTER NOW.

Sketching on the Farm:
SCBWI Illustrators Join us for an afternoon of sketching on the farm, just outside of Gunter, TX. Jackie has generously opened up the opportunity to visit her farm and draw the animals they have. There are cows, llamas and lots of open countryside. We will meetup at noon on the farm and sketch til about…. November 11, 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM. JK's Farm, 607 Schumacher Rd., Howe, TX REGISTER NOW.

Thankful for our SCBWI Family:
Join us for a potluck picnic as we take some time to share a meal and acknowledge how blessed we are to be a part of this great group of writers and illustrators. Bring family members along and make it a day of fun. 11/18/2017 at 11 a.m. Location TBD. REGISTER NOW.

Set the Mood of Your Illustration with Amal:

Learn how to set the mood of your illustration and make your AD happy with Amal, a freelance illustrator and instructor who has an MFW in illustration from the Academy of Art University. 11/21/2017 at 7 p.m. REGISTER NOW.

Membership Corner

Members Rosie J. Pova and Nancy Churnin will be taking part in the second annual Frisco Book Fest. Come out to meet your favorite local authors, discover new ones, and see Rosie and Nancy’s presentations and appearance on the picture book panel at 2:00 p.m. Frisco Book Fest: 11/4/2017 from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m.


Nancy Churnin’s second book, Manjhi Moves a Mountain is a Junior Library Guild 2017 Fall pick selected in the Character Building Elementary category, a Children's Book Council showcase pick, and on the long list for the Windows and Mirrors diversity titles selected by the Northern California Children's Bookseller Alliance. Kirkus Reviews wrote: "Churnin’s prose has an elegance appropriate for her inspiring tale, which is based on a true story. Popovich’s double-page illustrations use a warm palette and are nicely composed. Heartening." Congratulations Nancy!

Book Party!!

Join SCBWI member Laney Nielson for cocoa, sugar cookies and her new book---Peppermint Cocoa Crushes at Interabang Books. 12/9/2017 at 1 p.m. (Interabang is located at 10720 Preston Road Suite 1009B Dallas)


Time to start planning for the 19th Annual SCBWI Winter Conference! Featuring keynotes from Angie Thomas and Dan Santant and a new format with in-depth workshops, you can learn more about the conference HERE.
The Spotlight is edited by Liz Edelbrock
and designed by Chris Schechner.
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