The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is searching for Mentors for their annual program.
The application time period is open until June 15. NV SCBWI is an all volunteer organization of writers and illustrators helping each other to create an arts community for children’s literature.
Ellen Hopkins and Suzanne Morgan Williams founded the program and we have kept it going.
They have hired 9 authors and one children’s book art director from Chronicle Books to become mentors for a six month time period where they will have writers revised their manuscripts in hopes of having it be ready for literary agent representation.
Each mentor will take up to 3 mentees.
All of the information is on their website: SCBWI
The mentors are paid but not their usual rate since they are doing this to help other writers. NV SCBWI tries best to break even, although in the past they’ve lost money and have events all year long to try to make up the difference.
Here is a list of the authors participating thus far: SCBWI Mentors
If you’re attending the Las Vegas Writers’ Conference (you are, aren’t you?) you’ll want to attend the first three Monday evening meeting at Community Lutheran Church, 6:30pm. We’ll be refreshing everyone’s memory about Log Lines, Elevator Pitches, and Synopsis, and then helping members with those items. Then, we’ll have practice pitch sessions.
These meetings are extremely helpful in preparing for pitching to the agents and acquisition editors at the conference. Practice builds confidence. Practice helps you present your best effort. Practice helps you look and sound like the professional writer those agents and editors are searching for.
And, HWG members will be voting on Board positions on Monday, April 3.
Audrey Silverman, director of US Partnerships for Reedsy, announces a new free program called The Editor. Reedsy connects authors and publishers with the world’s best publishing professionals (the likes of Stephen King’s designer, Neil Gaiman’s editor, or Walter Isaacson’s publicist) to produce and commercialize high-quality books. They won the Bookseller award for the best publishing startup of 2015.
Publishing is a scary world for a lot of writers, but Silverman says Reedsy provides them with the tools and resources they need to make independent publishing not only available, but easy.
They actually just released Book Editor this week. Months in development, it creates professionally typeset ebook files and print on demand pdfs–all in a matter of seconds, and all for free.
Give it a looksee, or test-run: REEDSY
“As an experienced editor, I disapprove of flashbacks, foreshadowings, and tricksy devices; they belong in the 1980s with M.A.s in postmodernism and chaos theory.”
― David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas