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Monthly Meeting

November 6, 7:00 PM

Please join us on the first Monday of every month from 7-9 p.m. at the Tracy Gee Community Center, 3599 Westcenter, Houston.

This month... 

Celebrating our Houston 2017 Conference

A panel recaps and discusses our discoveries and experiences from the recent conference. If you missed something, or couldn't attend, here is your chance to hear the highlights!

SCBWI Winter conference Feb 2-4 2018 New York featuring keynotes by Caldecott-winner Dan Santat and best-selling author Angie Thomas

Next Month:  December 4 - Holiday Party - Potluck, Booktalks and Sales

Email Address for News Submissions

A reminder: Please note for your records, new submissions should now be sent to

Megan and Jorge Lacera announce Lee & Low has bought world rights in a two-book deal to Zombies Don't Eat Veggies, the debut picture book by the husband-and-wife team. The story follows Mo Romero, a young zombie who convinces his zombie parents to try (and love!) vegetables. Publication is scheduled for fall 2018; John M. Cusick at Folio Jr./Folio Literary Management negotiated the deal. The second book TBD will arrive in 2019. Megan and Jorge recently moved to Texas and are excited to be part of the kidlit community here.


Lynn Abrams and Bill Megenhardt signed their book, The Tale of Lucky the Dog yesterday at the Houston SPCA fundraiser I Walk for Animals. The annual event takes place in Memorial Park and features a 5K Canine Caper and a 1K Pup Strut. Lynn made a donation to the Houston SPCA for each book sold.
Also Lynn invites everyone to stop by the Writers' League of Texas tent at the Texas Book Festival in Austin. The League will be toasting the winners of this year's awards, including The Tale of Lucky the Dog as the Picture Book Discovery Prize Winner. 


Crystal Allen's November Appearances

11/2         Author Visit - Sugar Land Middle School
11/8         Author Visit - Summit School of Ahwatukee - Arizona
11/11       American Association of School Librarians -  Phoenix, AZ
11/15-17  Return visits to San Antonio Schools
11/18-20  National Council of Teachers of English - St. Louis
11/29       Author visit - Pomona Elementary School - Manvel, Tx


Andrea D. Jaimes signed a book contract with Christian Faith Publishing, a hybrid publishing company, for her children's picture book, Koda and the Polka Dot Bow Tie.  It's currently in production and set to release in Spring of 2018.



Book Friends Bookshop


A reminder that Vonna Carter has opened a new bookshop on her website, Book Friends Bookshop. The authors and illustrators featured there range from the biggest names in the industry to self-published authors with only one title to offer. This is a work in progress with new authors and illustrators being added every day.

"With a book being added on Amazon every five minutes, the number of good books to choose from is endless. As a writer, an active member of several writing groups, and an administrator on the SCBWI Blueboard, I know many authors and illustrators who are consistently supportive and kind to others, who use their time on social media to be encouraging and uplifting. At a time when many use social media in negative ways, I am grateful for those who choose to spread cheer.

This bookshop is dedicated to promoting the works of these kind authors and illustrators."

Bookmark this site here.   


Houston SCBWI Facebook Page

Dotti Enderle has created a new Facebook page for our Houston SCBWI Chapter. It’s a place to see the latest SCBWI news and events, and you’re invited to post your own children’s and YA related news and announcements. Here’s the link.



Our Staff

Regional Advisor:
Vicki Sansum
Asst. Regional Advisor:
Lynne Kelly
Illustrators Coordinator:
Diandra Mae
2016 Conference Chairs:
Lynne Kelly
Mary Riser
Monthly Program Chairs:
Aileen Kirkham
Pat Miller
Listserv Coordinator:
Dotti Enderle
Twitter Coordinator:
Lynne Kelly
Newsletter & Website
Bruce Foster
Art Credit
Header Design:
Layne Johnson

And the Winner of the Joan Lowery Nixon Award...

Carmela Simmons

We have a winner of the Joan Lowery Nixon Award from this year's conference! The judges, Kathy Duval and Joy Preble, had a difficult time choosing one winner from all of the exceptional nominations, but in the end decided on Carmela Simmon's manuscript DAVE'S DIVES

They both agreed that her story was inspiring and well written. Kathy Duval will mentor Carmen on her manuscript. We're thrilled for Carmen and also want to thank Kathy and Joy for their time and expertise. Joan Lowery Nixon would be proud to see that her legacy of mentoring is alive and well in our chapter!

Carmela sent this note:
Dear and Wonderful Tribe,
Thank you all very much for honoring me with the  Joan Lowry Nixon Award.  I am humbled to represent the many amazing writers who shared their work at the conference. For 4 years, I have soaked up advice, encouragement, and wisdom from members of our wonderful chapter. I look forward to growing my craft with your continued support and Kathy Duval's mentorship.  Thank you for providing me with this invaluable opportunity. I am over the moon!

Carmela McCain Simmons

And congratulations to the other amazing nominees for the award as well:
Mary Jolley 
Millie Martin
Deanne White
Danielle Metcalfe-Chenail 
Heather Walters Schudiske 
Laura Mitzner 
Chelsea Smith 
Jenna Pashley Smith 


Deanne Wagner White is hard at work on her 3rd picture book in The Otter Chronicles. Says Deanne, "I really enjoyed the webinar that Liz Garton Scanlon held on Picture Books. These webinars are so helpful to many of and Liz organized and presented the material effortlessly. So many great tips for the author and illustrator." 


Bruce Foster will be the featured speaker at the Kinkaid School's Book Fair November 10 and 13. The book sale is open to the public the evening of November 13 where he will be signing.  Bruce will also be presenting November 16 to students at Tomball Elementary.
Also Bruce has been announced as the Keynote Speaker at the September 2018 conference of the Movable Book Society's 25th Anniversary in Kansas City. The Movable Book Society is the world's largest group of pop-up book enthusiasts.


Sarah Choi:  I'm new to Houston (since April) and wanted to share this great resource from Kait Feldmann, editor at Arthur A. Levine Books/Scholastic. She spoke at the LA National Conference this past July and is truly fantastic. If you're a writer of color, consider joining PoC and fill out the online form (link below) to get connected. See original email after my signature. 

Go Astros!
Sarah Choi

From Kait:
"...In the meantime, I wanted to share this sign-up survey for networking and programming for writers of color if you’re interested: It’s part of the People of Color in Publishing* Writers and Illustrators Mentorship subcommittee that I’m on, a committee dedicated to providing hands-on mentorship and workshops that help writers and illustrators of color get published and grow their careers. We are currently gathering information and creating programming, and want to hear what people are interested in!"

About People of Color in Publishing
PoC in Pub is a grassroots organization created by book publishing professionals dedicated to supporting, empowering, and uplifting racially and ethnically marginalized members throughout the industry, we seek to create a safe and inclusive space celebrating and promoting diversity. Through a planning committee and network of chaired subcommittees, we advocate and foster career development and advancement of people of color (including Native/Indigenous) professionals’ and writers’ work.

More info about Kait:


More opportunities

The New York Times Book Review:
The Best Illustrated Childrens' Books of 2017

Bookbaby's Book Construction Blueprint. A guide to help you turn your eBook into a professionally printed book that grabs readers' eyes in bookstores and libraries. Download your copy here.


Carrie Lamba, an Associate Literary Agent at Jennifer DeChiara Literary Agency, is now looking to represent picture books, both fiction and nonfiction.


From Checking Book Proofs in Three Simple Steps
These best practices and tips will help indie authors bring quality books to market.

A Primer about the use of typography in Childrens' Books by Rachel Elnar



Chapter Events

Monthly Meetings

When: Meetings are held on the first Monday night of each month (first Tuesday if first Monday is a holiday), 7-9 pm. Fiction, Nonfiction and Illustration critique groups meet from 6-7pm.

What: All regular monthly meetings are open to all at no cost or obligation. To suggest speakers or topics and/or to be added to our monthly meeting reminder e-mail list, contact Program Coordinator via our Contact Us page.

Where: The meetings are held at the Tracy Gee community center, located at 3599 Westcenter Dr, Houston, TX 77042-5213

December 4 - Holiday Party - Potluck, Booktalks & Sales

January 8 - Topic Coming soon


Workshops and Opportunities


The 2018 Golden Kite Awards Deadline Approaching Fast
The deadline for submitting your books for consideration in the Golden Kite Awards is December 1, 2017.


SCBWI Recommended Reading List
The yearly SCBWI Recommended Reading List has returned with more great books by PAL members. Members were invited to list one of their books along with a link to their website. The new 2017 list is hundreds of titles strong across all different categories and genres. The list is divided by region, or so that users can download only local authors/illustrators or they can chose to download the entire list.


Promote your 2017 Book on the national website with the BookStop!
The SCBWI BookStop is a fantastic way for SCBWI members to boost your newly published book's outreach. Design a one-of-a-kind, online page that gives visitors an inside look at you and your book.
Register here.


PW Select offers a way for you to promote your book. Put the marketing power of Publishers Weekly behind your book.

For just $149 your book cover and synopsis appear in front of thousands of book-sellers, librarians, agents, publishers, film producers and production companies.

Learn more here.


Awards and Grants opportunities are maintained and listed on the national website. Stay up to date and don't let something wonderful pass you by! 
Click here.



An Ongoing and Updated List of Webinars

The Nevada SCBWI chapter has a new feature listing and updating webinars of interest to our members. Be sure to bookmark this page to stay abreast of new opportunities...



SCBWI Book Blast templates are ready to help you create a great new way to promote your book that has been published, or will be published in calendar year 2017.
Go to to get started!


The Book: The Essential Guide to Children's Publishing, the 2016 edition, is an indispensable addition to your resource library.

To get a copy simply log in to the SCBWI website, go to The Resource Library tab in the purple bar at the top of the homepage, then to THE BOOK. There you will find an order form. Ingram promises to ship within 2 days. Total cost, including shipping, is approximately $10 in the US, higher outside the country.

As always, The Book is also available to download as a pdf from a link in the same area of our website. 

Join our conversations on the SCBWI Texas discussion board! Please send your author/illustrator news for the next newsletter to Bruce Foster by the 25th of the month at
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