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Yes, Stephen Mooser, the president and co-founder of SCBWI, is stepping down. He and co- founder Lin Oliver negotiated with me in 2012 for close to a year before I contracted with them to sell my Blueboard to SCBWI.

I'm not getting any younger and was worried about all of you who had come to rely so heavily on the Blueboard. When the day came and I became incapacitated or died, (we all die, sooner or later) what was going to happen to the Blueboard and to all of you? My website would be closed down, and the Blueboard would instantly cease to exist! This was simply not acceptable. I'd worked too hard for ten years creating this community, to allow that to happen.

Enter SCBWI, Steve Mooser and Lin Oliver. SCBWI's website had a message board, too, but THE go-to message board on the internet was Verla Kay's Blueboard -- and they knew it. So in 2013 "my" message board became SCBWI's new message board. It was a WIN-WIN situation for all of us.

Everything continued to be run the same as it always had when it was Verla Kay's Blueboard. But now SCBWI paid all the expenses of running the board, instead of it coming out of my pocket. WIN!

Because SCBWI is an organization, the death or disappearance of one person wouldn't mean the end of the Blueboard and now this helpful resource for children's writers and illustrators would become a resource for this wonderful international organization. WIN!

My incredibly wonderful, talented, dependable and devoted team of Administrators and Moderators moved over to SCBWI's website with the Blueboard and together we have all continued to run the message board just like we used to. WIN!

All of the basic rules and restrictions that I originally put in place that made the Blueboard such a friendly and welcoming place - such as no politics, no religious discussions, no flaming allowed - moved over to SCBWI's website and they continue to be the cornerstone of the Blueboard. WIN!

But none of this would have happened if Steve had not reached out to me. Together, he and I talked, and talked and talked about the future of the Blueboard. We hashed out the difficulties of transferring the board over to SCBWI's site. We discussed the incredibly complicated integration of the Blueboard with SCBWI's membership database - an integration that would enable SCBWI members to instantly gain access to the Blueboard - without having to go through the Blueboard's normal (and sometimes lengthy) registration process. And yes, at first there were bugs in the system. But through it all, Steve was there by my side, giving me moral support as we negotiated our way through this complicated process.

And during the past five years, Steve has always been just an email away, answering sticky questions for the Blueboard Management Team, helping us traverse through complicated situations, and supporting our decisions when they were questioned by disgruntled people who didn't like the way the Blueboard was being run.

We are glad that Steve is going to have more time to devote to his writing, but we're even more glad that he is still going to keep a little finger in the Blueboard pie.  He told me that in person.

Thank you, Stephen Mooser, for all you have done to help keep the Blueboard what it is today - a message board community of loving, caring, sharing children's writer's and illustrators that will live on as long as SCBWI continues to exist. May your retirement be everything you hope for in the years to come!

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#1 - December 20, 2018, 08:34 AM
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I thanked Steve on Twitter, but I'll do it here, too. I'd still be looking for community if it weren't for Steve and Lin and you, Verla. WIN!
#2 - December 20, 2018, 09:02 AM
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I owe so much to all of you. Thank you.  :love5

I wish Steve all the best with his writing and am glad he's still keeping a toe in with SCBWI. Thank you, Steve, for all your hard work and service over the years.  :stars3   It has benefited us all.
#3 - December 20, 2018, 09:43 AM

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Thanks for all of the hard work over many years to support children's literature (and children's writers), Steve! I hope the writing just surges from here on out. :)
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Thanks for the years of work, Steve. Happy writing!  :writing3
#5 - December 20, 2018, 11:55 AM
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It is so good that the Blue Board was integrated into the SCBWI site. I used to visit both and Absolute Write as well. This is now the place to go.  I'm glad Steve worked with you, Verla, to keep this community in a good place.

Many great wishes to Steve and his endeavors outside the SCBWI. This community helped me in many ways and I'm glad he an Lin worked together to originate it.
#6 - December 20, 2018, 01:31 PM
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Thank you so much for everything you have done for the Blueboard, SCBWI, and kidlit, Steve. You and Lin created such an amazing, supportive community, and I was thrilled when you added the Blueboard to SCBWI.

Enjoy every minute of your retirement and extra writing time.
#7 - December 20, 2018, 02:56 PM

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Thanks for all you've done, Steve. I hope your path veers in a new and exciting direction. :)
#8 - December 20, 2018, 05:05 PM
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I was active on the old SCBWI Board, and whenever an issue came up, Steve was very responsive. These were tech issues. Invariably I'd send an e-mail from the main page of the site to let them know the board was down and he'd write back with a thanks and a plan. He's also done a brilliant job with the Bulletin. I'm glad his hand is staying in some areas. The SCBWI still needs him, but I'm also glad he's getting the chance to focus on some passion projects.

Steve, Happy sales to you until we meet again. Happy sales to you, keep writing until then...
#9 - December 20, 2018, 05:59 PM
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Thank you Steve for all of your hard work. I hope you enjoy your retirement and happy writing!
#10 - December 20, 2018, 07:43 PM
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Thank you so very much for everything you have done, Steve! So very grateful for all you have given to the children's writing community!
#11 - December 20, 2018, 10:27 PM
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All the very, very best Steve and thank you!
#12 - December 21, 2018, 03:06 AM
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Thank you, Steve, and good luck in your future endeavors.

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Thank you for SCBWI. You and Lin are the tops!  Enjoy your future!  :treepresents
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Dear Steve, thank you for all you've done for SCBWI and also for being so very approachable. It's been an honor to meet you.  I pray you have many more wonderful years of writing and family time ahead! :xmastree
#15 - December 21, 2018, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for all the years of service to so many of us on these boards and everywhere, really. Best of luck with your writing and future endeavors.
#16 - December 21, 2018, 08:56 AM
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I remember logging onto your site, Verla, way back in 2007 & how it helped me so much, Ireland isn't large enough to assist the few writers that we have. Nor the three or four illustrators who exist.
I actually preferred your blueboards to SCBWI until you amalgamated & it became much better. You & those who maintain & moderate the boards have always done an excellent job.
You've always maintained the boards fantastically & when the time comes you'll do the same to find to carry on your legacy.
Best of luck to Steve & for the job he has done & I hope he keeps the fingers tapping! :yourock  :parrot
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Thanks, Steve, and good luck!
#18 - December 21, 2018, 10:45 PM
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Thank you, Steve, for all you've done for SCBWI and for the Blueboard and for children's writers/illustrators in general. I'm wishing you the best with your writing and with whatever other dream projects you pursue.

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Steve Mooser is one of these rare treasures. Not only a gifted writer, but a community creator and builder (like Verla) who rarely pointed the spotlight on himself.  His gifts to so many puts him in a special category reserved for the  :angel3 of this earth.
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Thank you Steve, Lin, Verla, and all our wonderful mods who give their time and energy to keep this board the wonderful, informative place it is. Best wishes for your future writing projects, Steve.
#21 - December 26, 2018, 06:39 PM
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Steve, thank you so much for your tireless work on behalf of the kidlit community! Wishing you the very best with your writing!
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#22 - December 26, 2018, 07:08 PM
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