Friday, October 27, 2006

Cynsational News & Links

Currently Reading: Vampirates: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper (Little Brown, 2006)(Simon & Schuster U.K., 2005). Read an interview with Justin from the St. Albans Observer.

Currently Re-reading: Bram Stoker's Dracula by Bram Stoker, illustrated by Gary Blythe (Candlewick, 2004). Gorgeously illustrated, tremendous production. Are you in the thrall of the master? View an inside spread.

Thanks to author Varian Johnson at They Call Me Mr. V for his recent post "Super Cyn." I'm blushing. (Do I get a cape and tights with that?)

More News & Links

Authors/Illustrators/Storytellers Online Visit Opportunities from author Toni Buzzeo. A listing of those who offer online programs for schools, libraries, etc. An budget-friendly alternative and/or supplement to an in-person event. Read a Cynsations interview with Toni. See information on booking online events with Cynthia Leitich Smith.

The web page for the Georgia Peach Award has moved. 2006-2007 titles include: Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac (Dial, 2005)(author interview); see the complete list (PDF file).

Kidlitosphere by Ilene S. Goldman from the Prairie Wind, newsletter of the SCBWI Illinois chapter. See also Promote that Book! by Tracey Daniels of Media Masters Publicity and Learning to "Do" Optimism by Carol Coven Grannick.

Kirby Larson: official site of the author of Cody and Quinn, Sitting in a Tree, illustrated by Nancy Poydar (Holiday House, 1996); Second Grade Pig Pals, illustrated by Nancy Poydar (Holiday House, 1994); The Magic Kirchief, illustrated by Roseanne Litzinger (Holiday House, 2000); and most recently Hattie Big Sky (Delacorte, 2006). Hattie Big Sky has received starred reviews in Booklist and SLJ. It's also a Junior Library Guild selection, a Border's Original Voices pick for December, and a Barnes & Noble Teen Discover title for the holidays. Learn more about Hattie Big Sky. Read Kirby's blog.

Monica's Blog: visit the blog of author-illustrator Monica Wellington, whose latest book is Pizza at Sally's (Dutton, 2006).

The Kennedy Center's 11th Annual Multicultural Children's Book Festival will be held Nov. 4 from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the Roof Level, in the Atrium, Galleries and Theater Lab of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. "The festival is a project of the Kennedy Center Education Department. The event attracts more than 7,000 people..." Featured speakers include Lulu Delacre, Jennifer Elvgren, Anthony Chee Emerson, Edwin Fontánez, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Grimes, Karen Katz, Grace Lin (author-illustrator interview), W. Nikola-Lisa, Pooja Makhijani, Dr. Raouf Mama, Walter Dean Myers, Gaylia Taylor, and Linda Trice.

The October Country by Colleen Mondor at Bookslut in Training. Highlights books fitting the mood of the month, including a couple I've also featured: Los Gatos Black on Halloween by Marisa Montes, illustrated by Yuyi Morales (Henry Holt, 2006)(author and illustrator interviews) and Glass Houses (The Morganville Vampires--Book One) by Rachel Caine (NAL Jam, 2006)(author interview).

In the Coop with Lisa Yee: A Three Silly Chicks interview. Read a Cynsations interview with Lisa.

Here's hoping to see some Cynsational readers this weekend at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. The Texas Book Festival is scheduled for Oct. 26 to Oct. 29 at the State Capitol in Austin. Authors will include: Brian Anderson, Dianna Hutts Aston, Avi, Brad Barkley, Sharon Creech, Kathy Duval, Keith Graves, Lila and Rick Guzman, Helen Hemphill, Heather Hepler, David Levithan, Laura Numeroff, Richard Peck, Jane Peddicord, Rick Riordan, Louis Sachar, Lola M. Schaefer, Tanya Lee Stone, Sarah Weeks, and Kathy Whitehead. Look for me and Greg Leitich Smith tomorrow at the panel and reception in honor of the Writers' League book award winners and finalists. (Greg is a finalist in the children's long book division for Tofu and T. rex (Little Brown, 2005)). See event details! See Austin kids book author-illustrator Keith Graves by Patrick Beach from the Austin American-Statesman.

And now off with you to the new issue of The Edge of the Forest! Highlights include "A Day in the Life of Patricia Malone" by Kim Winters of Kat's Eye.

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Cynsational Events Roundup

Attention New Yorkers: meet Gennady Spirin, illustrator of Clement Clarke Moore's The Night Before Christmas (Marshall Cavendish, 2006) at Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, on November 2 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., at a publication party hosted by the publisher. From Raab Associates: "A classically-trained artist, Spirin graduated from Moscow's Surikov School of Fine Art and the Stroganov Institute of Art and immigrated to the United States in 1991. Five of his books have been awarded the Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators in New York City, and four have been named to the New York Times' list of 'Best Illustrated Books of the Year.' Well known in Russia, Germany, and England, Spirin has also won several prestigious international awards, including the Golden Apple of the UNESCO Biennial of Illustration Bratislava, the First Prize for Illustration at the Barcelona International Children's Book Fair, and the Premio Grafico at the Bologna Children's Book Fair."

Reading the World IX: A Conference Celebrating Multicultural Literature for Children and Young Adults will be Feb. 24 and 25, 2007 at the USF Presentation Theatre in the School of Education Building, 2350 Turk Street, in San Francisco. Keynote speakers will include: Joseph Bruchac (author interview), Ashley Bryan, Teri Sloat, Yuyi Morales (illustrator interview), Jane Yolen (author interview), Darwin Henderson, and Debra Fraiser. Note: I was a keynoter at Reading the World VI.

Reminder: "Wise Words, Perfect Pictures, and How to Get Them Published," the second annual fall conference of Southwest Texas SCBWI will be from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 11 at St. Phillips College in San Antonio. Featured speakers include: Newbery honor author Marion Dane Bauer (interview); author Anastasia Suen (interview); author Peggy Caravantes; author Kristi Holl; author-illustrator Janee Trasler; agent Jennifer Jaeger from Andrea Brown Literary Agency; editor Lauren Velevis from HarperCollins; editor Alyssa Eisner Henkin from Simon & Schuster. See also Fingerprints Newsletter & Blog from Southwest Texas SCBWI.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Author Interview: Christine Kole MacLean on How It's Done

Christine Kole MacLean on Christine Kole MacLean: "The high points, such as they are: I grew up on a farm in West Michigan, where I spent a lot of time avoiding chores. My five older siblings all thought I was spoiled, but I was just good at disappearing for long stretches of time. My first week of college, my roommate and I wanted to build a loft, so we went looking for a power drill. I ended up marrying the guy who loaned us one (years later--not that night!).

"After college, I wrote and edited for magazines in the Boston area, including 'Teenage' magazine, which eventually morphed into 'Jane' and moved to New York. I did not. I spent some time working at an advertising agency and then a corporation. Now, my family and I live in West Michigan, where I do freelance writing.

"About five years ago, I started taking fiction-writing seriously. My picture books include: Even Firefighters Hug Their Moms, illustrated by Mike Reed (Dutton, 2002) and Everybody Makes Mistakes, illustrated by Cynthia Decker (Dutton, 2005). My mid-grade novels include Mary Margaret and the Perfect Pet Plan (Dutton, 2004) and Mary Margaret, Center Stage (Dutton, 2006). The third one is coming out in February.

"Happily, that series was recently picked up by the Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs program. There's more information about all my books, including lesson plans for them, on my website: www.christinekolemaclean.com. Also, Mary Margaret has her own site with some fun activities for kids: www.christinekolemaclean.com/mm.html."

What about the writing life first called to you? Were you quick to answer or did time pass by?

I've known since I was about nine that I wanted to be a writer. I believe it had something to do with being the youngest of a large, busy family and rarely feeling "heard," and writing fills the need to be heard. At any rate, once I decided to be a writer, I never looked back. Oddly, I've never felt compelled to write, the way some writers do. Maybe that's because I've never not written. To me, writing is like breathing. I have always done it, in some form or another.

What made you decide to write for young adults?

In all honesty, I could have written How It's Done (my first YA book) as an adult book, and I think the only thing that skews it YA is that it's very firmly from an eighteen-year-old's point of view. I skewed it that way because I believe it's more likely to make a difference in a reader's life if she reads it before she's in a serous relationship. Personally, I think it could be a great discussion starter for mothers and daughters.

Congratulations on How It's Done (Flux, 2006) being a Book Sense Pick! What was your initial inspiration for writing this book?

Thanks! In high school, almost all of us in my group of friends dated guys who were older--sometimes a lot older. They held enormous appeal to us, in part because they were forbidden. Usually the guy got bored and broke things off. But the opposite happens to Grace, my main character. She gets everything she thinks she wants with Michael, and more than she bargained for. She struggles with who she is--apart from her parents, her friends, and Michael.

This is the question that intrigued me: "How does a young woman who is in the process of 'becoming' navigate a relationship with someone who already knows who he is and what he wants?"

What were the challenges (literary, research, psychological, logistical) in bringing it to life?

Grace was a little problematic. Sassy or clever characters are easier for me to write, I think, because they are so different from me. Grace has a lot going on, but initially it's under the surface. She's been letting life carry her along, not rocking the boat, and I wanted her to be stronger. But it's a strength she has to grow into.

What advice do you have for beginning novelists?

Make sure you have at least two true-blue friends--one who is a writer and one who is not. Both will keep you sane and grounded, but in different ways.

What do you do when you're not writing?

When I'm not writing books, I'm often doing projects for my corporate clients, including www.jugglezine.com, an e-zine about balancing work and life. I spend a lot of time with my kids.

And I worry, always imagining and dreading the worst! I've decided that worrying is to a writer what scales are to a musician.

What can your fans look forward to next?

The third book in the Mary Margaret series, Mary Margaret Meets Her Match will be released in February 2007. This time, Mary Margaret goes to a dude ranch and learns how to ride. Her confidence exceeds her skill, however, and she gets into a bind. As usual, her problems aren't big in the scheme of things (she has a family that is in tact and loves her), but they are still huge to her.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Editor Interview: Jessie Ruffenach of Salina Bookshelf

Jessie Ruffenach on Jessie Ruffenach: "Salina Bookshelf is the first publishing company I have worked for, and I have been with them for four years. I started as an editorial intern during the summer of my freshman year in college, and once the semester began I was offered the job as editor. It was a definite challenge at times, starting so young and having no previous experience--and, especially, having no other editor in the company to learn from. I worked part-time until I graduated with my BSBA from Northern Arizona University in December of 2005. Since then, I've been working full-time.

What inspired you to make children's books part of your career focus?

My love of books. Growing up, I read constantly and enjoyed writing my own stories; when I was in fourth grade, I lived on the same block as the city library and went there almost every day after school. One of my greatest pleasures was being drawn into other worlds created by the skilled, clear words of a writer. My favorite books were those that moved me in some way--made me laugh or cry or think about the world differently--and I would continue thinking about those books long after I finished reading them. I would replay the stories over in my mind, and little by little I would make changes ("improvements," as I liked to think) to them. Before long, I would have an entirely different book on my hands, just barely recognizable as an offshoot of the original story.

This habitual thinking of stories made me adept at manipulating words, and I eventually recognized that as one of my strongest skills. By the time I was fourteen, I knew that I wanted to be in publishing. I wanted to be able to share the pleasure of a great story with other people.

How did you prepare for this career?

I prepared for my career in editing by extensive reading and regular writing. When reading, I paid careful attention to the structure of books, how the stories developed, the flow of dialogue, and what made the characters and situations believable. When writing, I was very attentive to the mechanics--grammar, spelling, and word choice. I loved grammar, and read books like The Elements of Style by Strunk and White just for fun.

As I began my job with Salina while I was still in college, I didn't have any professional experience that recommended me for the position. But I was enthusiastic, I could write well, and I knew--just from reading so much--what made a great story.

What do you see as the job(s) of the editor in the publishing process?

Salina is a small company with only six employees, so what I do as editor is doubtlessly very different from what editors at other companies may do. At Salina, though, I'm involved in every stage of the publishing process--I sort through the unsolicited manuscripts that come in the mail, edit the stories, provide illustration notes for the artist, write the book descriptions for the catalog, send out books to reviewing journals, and submit the books for any awards and/or reading lists for which I think they would be appropriate.

The most important part of my job, however, is working with the author on revising the manuscript. Some stories arrive with very little editing necessary; others, however, need to go through several rewrites. For example, in March 2005, Salina published Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home by Evangeline Parsons Yazzie, illustrated by Irving Toddy. The story is about the Navajo Long Walk, the period from 1864-1868 when the Navajos were forced to leave their homeland and live in captivity at Bosque Redondo (Fort Sumner).

The manuscript was originally submitted to us in 2003. As soon as I saw the story, I knew we would want to publish it; however, the manuscript was twice as long as I wanted it to be, and it contained information that would be upsetting to young readers. Over the next several months, I worked closely with Evangeline to shorten the story and revise the content. We weren't "sugarcoating" the story, taking out disturbing but true details; rather, we were changing how those facts were presented. The result is a compelling, historically accurate book that has received national recognition. Little Woman Warrior has been named a Children's Choices Book for 2006, a Notable Children's Social Studies Trade Book for 2006, and has won the 2006 IPPY Award for best Multicultural, Nonfiction Juvenile Book. I think this example shows the importance of the editing process.

Could you describe Salina Bookshelf? Its history, mission, and goals?

Salina Bookshelf was founded in 1994 by Eric and Kenneth Lockard, twin brothers who grew up on the Navajo Reservation. Their mother was an elementary school teacher in a small, rural community named Pinon, and Eric and Ken quickly picked up the Navajo language from their classmates. However, even as elementary students, they were struck by the poor variety of books available in their school library. There were almost no books featuring Native American, much less Navajo, characters, and there were even fewer books written in the Navajo language.

Eric and Ken began Salina Bookshelf when they were sixteen, still students in high school, and they have been continuing with their work ever since. The mission of Salina Bookshelf is to publish stories of the Navajo people in the Navajo language, and its goal is to make those stories available to a wide variety of curious minds--to readers both on and off the Navajo Reservation.

Beyond the description above, could you offer some specifics about the list? What kind of manuscripts should writers be sending? What kind of books can teachers, librarians, and young readers hope to find?

Salina Bookshelf publishes stories about the Navajo people. Most of our titles are children's picture books, and these may be anything from historical fiction (Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home), to retellings of folktales (Frog Brings Rain by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Kendrick Benally), to stories about Navajo characters involved in everyday activities, historical or contemporary (Proud to Be a Blacksheep by Roberta John, illustrated by Keith Smith). We also publish textbooks and reference materials for learning the Navajo language, as well as biographies of outstanding Navajos (Keeping the Rope Straight: Annie Dodge Wauneka's Life of Service to the Navajo by Carolyn Niethammer).

What are the challenges (editorial, logistical, marketing, translation, etc.) in publishing bilingual books?

All languages are very different from one another, so telling the same story in two (or more) different languages is going to present some challenges. For example, there is not a one-to-one correlation between English and Navajo; oftentimes, a word in English will not have an equivalent counterpart in Navajo, and vice versa. In such cases, concepts rather than words must be translated. To minimize problems in translation, we are careful in how we tell the story in English. For instance, if we know that a particular paragraph will not translate well, we will rewrite it.

Also, Navajo has several different dialects. When we do our translations, we try to use the most commonly accepted form of the language; however, we still get people coming to us and saying we should have used one form over another. This can be stressful, but at the same time we recognize that it's impossible to please everyone.

How about those in Navajo-English specifically?

Marketing Navajo-English books is difficult. The primary reason for this is that book buyers often have the perception that since our books are in Navajo and English, only Navajos would be interested in reading them. This is very wrong, of course--our books treat universal themes, and our Navajo focus is simply one of the factors that make our titles unique. However, it is often a challenge to convince distributors and bookstore owners that our books have general interest appeal.

Who are your authors and illustrators? Native speakers, tribal members, urban Indians, southwesterners, etc.? What kinds of knowledge and insights to do they bring to the fold?

Our authors are anyone who can tell authentic stories of the Navajo people. Most often, they are tribal members and native speakers; however, we also publish stories of writers who have lived on the reservation or who have done significant research on the Navajo people and culture. Our illustrators, on the other hand, are all tribal members. We don't have a policy against using other artists, but we've never looked elsewhere because we've never had to. Several Navajos are incredibly talented artists, so we are always able to find just the right illustrator for a project.

Do most of your manuscripts come directly from authors/author-illustrators or agents?

Most of our manuscripts come from authors. We have done a few projects with author-illustrators, and have never worked with agents.

What recommendations do you have for writers in the submission process? What are pitfalls to avoid?

Before submitting work, writers should always study the publishing company, get a feel for the types of books that have been published, and request a copy of the manuscript guidelines. I am always impressed by writers who show some knowledge of our company in their cover letter, because it indicates that they have done their research and that they know we have very specific needs.

How about illustrators? What is the best way for them to connect with the house?

We find our illustrators by attending art shows, such as the Santa Fe Indian Market and the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market. We do this because we want serious artists with authentic Native American art.

If you had to highlight four titles that could give us a feel for the list, which ones would you suggest for study and why?

The first book I would like to mention is Zinnia, How the Corn Was Saved, written by Patricia Hruby Powell and illustrated by Kendrick Benally (Salina Bookshelf, 2003). This is a retelling of a Navajo folktale, and both the language and the artwork are stunning. Zinnia is a perfect example of how we take traditional stories and present them in a manner that is appealing to contemporary audiences.

Secondly, I'd like to mention Little Woman Warrior Who Came Home by Evangeline parsons Yazzie and illustrated by Irving Toddy (Salina Bookshelf, 2005). This book is about the widely known story of the Navajo Long Walk, and it is significant because it is the first time the story has been told from the Navajo perspective. When writing the book, Evangeline drew on the stories that had been passed down to her from her elders.

The third book I'd like to mention is Diné Bizaad: Speak, Read, Write Navajo by Irvy Goossen (Salina Bookshelf, 1995). This is our language textbook, and has been a consistent best-seller. Diné Bizaad is used in high school and universities wherever the Navajo language is taught, and is an example of Salina's efforts to encourage students to learn their native language.

Finally, I would like to mention Keeping the Rope Straight: Annie Dodge Wauneka's Life of Service to the Navajo by Carolyn Niethammer (Salina Bookshelf, 2006). This is the biography of Annie Dodge Wauneka, a Navajo leader and activist who brought about unprecedented improvements in the health care and education available to her people. An inspiring story, Keeping the Rope Straight is an example of the type of biography Salina would like to do more of.

What can we expect from Salina Bookshelf in the future?

More great bilingual books! We will continue publishing children's books, we have a new language textbook in the works, and we hope to do more biographies of Navajo leaders. We also have plans for a Navajo board game and a book of Navajo songs. This November, we're releasing Little Black, A Pony--a Navajo version of the popular book by Walter Farley, originally published in 1961. We're expecting this book to be a great hit with horse lovers.

Sunday, October 22, 2006

Austin SCBWI "Follow Me" Fall 2006 Conference Report

The Austin chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators held its Fall 2006 Conference, "Follow Me" (PDF). The event was Oct. 21 at the Texas School for the Deaf in south Austin. My husband, author Greg Leitich Smith, and I had the honor of hosting a reception at our home in honor of the speakers the evening prior to the conference.

Local luminaries at the reception included: Austin outgoing SCBWI RA Julie Lake (interview); Austin incoming SCBWI RA Tim Crow; SCBWI ARA Lyn Seippel; author Brian Yansky; author Anne Bustard (interview)(blog); former Austin SCBWI RA and founder Meredith Davis; author Varian Johnson (blog); former Austin SCBWI RA Debbie Dunn; author Brian Anderson (interview); author Jo Whittemore (interview)(blog); author Jane Peddicord; author April Lurie (interview)(blog); author Frances Hill; author Lila Guzman (interview); illustrator Christy Stallop; former Austin SCBWI RA Nancy Jean Okunami; writer Meg Shoemaker; librarian-author Jeannette Larson (interview); author Chris Barton (blog); author Helen Hemphill (interview); author/poet Jerry Wermund (interview); and Barnes & Noble Westlake CRM Jo Virgil, who dropped off books for Bruce to sign because he had to fly out to speak at the SCBWI Iowa conference the next day after giving his speech. Author-illustrator Janie Bynum (interview) also joined us from Dallas.

Featured conference speakers included: agent Sara Crowe of the Harvey Klinger Agency; author Bruce Coville; art agent Suzanne Cruise; author-book doctor Esther Hershenhorn (interview); Clarion associate editor Lynne Polvino; illustrator Tony Sansevero of Austin; and illustrator Don Tate of Austin (interview)(blog). Faculty also included myself and Dianna Hutts Aston (interview), who was unable to attend but mailed critiques.

Flowers were by Julie's husband, Gary Lake, and catering by Central Market. The menu featured Texas gulf shrimp, an assortment of quesadillas (goat cheese and wild mushroom, grilled chicken, and grilled shrimp), vegetarian sushi rolls, ham and brie cocktail sandwiches, fresh mozzarella and tomato cocktail sandwiches, rustic cut fromage, Texas wines, and much more. Special thanks to the two wait staffers, Anna and Erik. Thanks too to Anne for bringing extra ice at the last minute.

The next day at the conference, special events included: an art portfolio contest; a silent auction of items created by member artists; and a bookfair-signing featuring the works of the speakers and chapter members. I also spotted author Lindsey Lane, author-illustrator Regan Johnson, illustrator Gene Brenek, writer Allison Dellenbaugh, who is newly returned to us from Florida, and both Kathy Whitehead (interview) and Janet Fox from College Station (among others!).

After a continental breakfast, highlights included a Bruce's opening speech on fantasy. He's one of the strongest speakers I've ever seen/heard, essentially an actor on stage, and there's as much substance as humor in his presentations. Brilliant! Unfortunately, I had to miss Tony's talk because I had to exit the auditorium at that time to meet with the six writers whose manuscripts I had critiqued (a reminder to them all: congratulations on all of your hard work so far; let me know if you have additional questions about my comments!). Critiques moved well with Debbie and Nancy Jean managing the flow.

The most heartfelt moment was the recognition of our outgoing RA, Julie. She was presented with roses, a crystal ball filled with ribbons, and a piece of original artwork by our own Frances. In addition to being Austin's hardest working children's writing volunteer these past few years, Julie is the author of Galveston's Summer of the Storm (TCU, 2003) and I look forward to more wonderful novels from her in the future.

We also welcomed Tim into the RA role. By day, Tim is a sixth grade teacher at Taylor Middle School, home of the fighting Taylor Ducks. He's also an extremely promising writer of middle grade and young adult novels, and he has the best smile and voice in the state of Texas.

I had a great chat with Janie over a turkey sandwich at lunch, and then attended Lynn Polvino's talk on the slush pile (specifically, how to get out of it). She also emphasized the importance of strong opening lines. Sarah Crowe's presentation followed, and she offered the audience examples of query letters that work (from clients she'd signed) and critiqued queries sent in by our attendees. Esther brought the event home, offering insights into all aspects of the writing life. She is highly recommended as a speaker, teacher, and source of inspiration.

A signing of speaker and published member books followed. Greg and I sold quite a few copies of Santa Knows, illustrated by Steve Bjorkman (Dutton, 2006) as well as a few of his Ninjas, Piranhas, and Galileo (Little Brown, 2003)(paperback, 2005) and Tofu and T. rex (Little Brown, 2005). I also sold a few copies of Jingle Dancer, illustrated by Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu (Morrow/HarperCollins, 2000) and Rain Is Not My Indian Name (HarperCollins, 2001). Thanks to everyone for their interest and enthusiasm!

The continental breakfast and box lunch were from Sweetish Hill Bakery.

For more information, see conference program (PDF), including faculty biographies.

Cynsational Notes

Bruce's the Sixth Grade Alien series, which was made into a TV show, was illustrated by Tony.

Agent Sara Crowe has recently signed Austin YA authors Brian Yansky and Varian Johnson.

Upcoming Austin SCBWI events include: "Louis Sachar Speaks to Writers" at 11 a.m. Dec. 9 (Louis is from Austin); "Creating a Fantasy World with Jo Whittemore" Jan. 13, 2007; "A Novel Writing Workshop with D. Anne Love" March 24, 2007; "Illustrator Day" with Abigail Samoun of Tricycle Press and illustrator Priscilla Burris May 5, 2007; "Using Humor When Presenting to Kids with Sean Petrie June 9, 2007;" and "Santa Knows Story Structure with Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith" Sept. 8, 2007. Our 2007 conference will be in October of that year. Keep checking the Austin SCBWI website for details as they become available!

Visit Austin area bloggers: author Chris Barton; author Anne Bustard; author Varian Johnson; author April Lurie; writer Allison Dellenbaugh; author Jo Whittemore; and illustrator Don Tate. Learn more about Texas children's/YA book authors and illustrators.
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