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Woo-hoo! Congatulations.
:congratulations  It's always soooo wonderful to find a home for our heart books!!!
Congratulations, Tory! And mahalo--that's a great tip!
Congratulations, Tori! Great advice!   :wow
Aloha, All!

We all work, worry, and wonder about our manuscripts, but, sometimes, if we keep at it and think outside the box, a contract may be in our futures. I'm thrilled to announce that I signed a contract this morning with a traditional publisher based in Hawaii for a picture book, LITTLE CALABASH.  We all love our book babies, and this story has always been near and dear to my heart.  Trying to think outside the box, I finally re-imagined it as set in Hawaii, where we lived for ten years, and submitted it. So---contract signed and delivered this morning!

Take a look at your manuscripts and see if a re-imagination or re-invention might work for  you, as well!

Tori :pizza :palmtree
Magazines & Ezines / Re: Responding to acceptance? (Cricket Media)
« Last post by Vijaya on December 04, 2018, 08:00 AM »
Kelsey, congratulations on the acceptance!!! Yes, print out the letter, sign it, scan it, and... I'm puzzled that you don't have an email to send it to. Call their offices and find out what's the procedure. Here's their #: (703) 885-3400   I didn't know they're in VA. They used to be in Chicago. But it's been years since I've submitted anything to them, so I don't know how they handle acceptances. I hope someone else with recent experience will chime in. In any case :congratulations and let us know when your piece will be printed.
Hi everyone!

The 2019 Writing with the Stars mentor lineup is now LIVE at:

This is an amazing opportunity for aspiring picture book authors and illustrators to win a free 3-month mentorship from enthusiastic, talented, multi-published mentors who CAN'T WAIT to provide guidance and support to their lucky mentees! The official application window is January 9-13, but if you are interested in applying, definitely start researching and working on your applications now--there is LOTS of competition for these spots!

Writing with the Stars was created by Tara Luebbe (author of picture books SHARK NATE-O, I AM FAMOUS, and the upcoming I USED TO BE FAMOUS and CONAN THE LIBRARIAN) and is now in its third year. GOOD LUCK to all who apply! 

:goodluck  Becky
Magazines & Ezines / Responding to acceptance? (Cricket Media)
« Last post by Kelsey on December 04, 2018, 05:30 AM »
I just received an acceptance from Spider on a piece of short fiction for a themed issue. The acceptance came as an email through Submittable. It explained how much I would be paid, and then the letter said that if I find the terms acceptable, I should send a signed copy of this letter over email, indicating my acceptance.

The problem is that there was no letter attached. Do they mean that I should print out the actual email and sign it/send it back? Also, I have the name of the editor, but they didn't say to which email I should send the acceptance -- do I search for her email online, or do I respond to the submittable email?

Thanks for your help!
The Craft of Writing / Re: Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by thunderingelephants on December 04, 2018, 03:15 AM »
Gracious thoughts, thank you.
I've always known that you take me seriously. As does Colleen, SCBWI Ireland Administrator (it's usually just the two of us at meetups these days!).
Part of me is tempted to go along, armed with a load of truffles, which probably won't be eaten and show them my Instagram page and say "take that, you insensitive twits!"
I have my name down for Incubator Kitchens in the New Year which is a community based project to help those who cannot be covered in their own home by the National Food Hygiene Board. They liked me on Instagram, as well as a few chocolatiers.
Even O'Conaill's Chocolate (which happens to be my writing haven!) have liked a few photos.
I'm getting it down here so that I can get it clear in my head. My Mum won't want me mentioning it when I'm asked what I'm doing (as will probably be the case).
I think I'm only going because I'm her daughter. She loves me but she'd pass me by on the street.
The Craft of Writing / Re: Call Yourself A Writer?
« Last post by Debbie Vilardi on December 03, 2018, 06:39 PM »
We also take your writing seriously. This writing thing is serious business, more so for children because we are molding our readers whether we like to think of it that way or not.
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