Nevada SCBWI

Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

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Logo Contest 2011

Brainstorms for the logo contest.  I'm leaning toward the last row.


Any thoughts?

Added by Donna Jeanne Koepp on July 28, 2011 at 8:30am — 5 Comments

Las Vegas Worshop With Jim Averbeck on June 4th . . . and its FREEE!

Hello all,


There have been a couple announcements covering Jim Averbeck's workshop in Las Vegas but I wanted to add something here as well. Jim is a friend of the Nevada SCBWI and is a great facilitator as well as artist and writer. This event is free which is such a great deal! If you are considering attending and want to gain a bit of knowlege about him, please check out the…


Added by Cynthia Kremsner on May 11, 2011 at 6:00am — No Comments

The Heart of a Monkey

New Illustrator's project.  I picked number 13 and it's "The Heart of a Monkey".


Briefly the story goes:

"A crocodile wants to eat a monkey's heart and entices him out of his fig tree home with the promise of taking him on the river to an island with lush mango trees.  The monkey agrees and climbs aboard the croc's back.  Halfway to the island, the croc reveals his motive and the quick thinking monkey tells him he left is heart back in the tree for safe keeping.…


Added by Donna Jeanne Koepp on February 27, 2011 at 12:17pm — 5 Comments

Illustrators!!! Portfolio Builders . . . Here Are A Couple of Links Worth Checking Out

Hello Artists!!


I've recently come across a couple of blog posts from insiders that shed some light on what's expected of illustrator's who are seeking work in the industry. One of the links is from an editor and one is from a website builder. Both have a bit of snark in their advice, but it's truly sound advice. Hope you find some good info if you take a peek.


Happy Reading!

Happy Creating.



Added by Cynthia Kremsner on February 10, 2011 at 1:44pm — No Comments

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Illustrator's Project

Rough Draft for the large format submission for the Henderson Library.


Any thoughts?


Trying for a movie poster type…


Added by Donna Jeanne Koepp on December 18, 2010 at 7:16am — 8 Comments

The Sweet Spider Who Lived In A Shoe

Okay, I think I figured it out how to do this blog. I am not new to computers, but I am to blogging.

This is my first draft for the assignment "The Animal In You" I chose The Old Lady Who Lived In A Shoe, and substiuted her with a spider. I chose the spider because they have lots of babies and they are very protective of their young. I found that they often keep their young alive if there are no bugs by feeding them pollen and nectar. Yum!!

Thank you for your…


Added by Judy Pfeifer on October 15, 2010 at 6:41pm — 8 Comments

It's out and being tried

On her MySpace blog, a lady from Sparks says she will try all of the '101 Things To Do Before You Grow Up' activities, which I co-wrote for Hinkler Books, and keep reporting (Kiki's blog) - so the book must be available in the US now, as well as Australia. How cool! It's the contract I got from asking an editor on… Continue

Added by Peter Taylor on November 2, 2009 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

New Media

At our Queensland SCBWI meeting a couple of weeks week ago in Borders, we talked about stories available for radio and new media. One of our local Brisbane radio stations, 99.7FM, is on the constant look out for 'books that can be read on air during programs for young children' - yet as we know, picture books, which are the main fodder for early age groups, replace words with illustrations. So there aren't many modern 'traditional books' that can be used.

As authors and where… Continue

Added by Peter Taylor on August 3, 2009 at 1:50am — No Comments

Use Your PowerPoint

Many authors and illustrators produce PowerPoint presentations that they use when speaking to audiences. The files can be stored on CDs, perhaps hard-copies printed, and the results sold as merchandise or distributed as publicity. If these form the limits to the uses you make of PowerPoints, you are under-utilising their potential.

YouTube videos generally have to be less than 8 minutes to have a small enough file size to meet the hosting requirements. This can be… Continue

Added by Peter Taylor on May 20, 2009 at 12:30am — No Comments

MySpace New Year's Blog

So here is the blog I posted on MySpace late last night. I'm reposting here, as I did with the Christmas blog, to share the kind of communication I do with my readers there. It's hugely important to stay connected with readers, and this is one way I do that.


So, like . . . holy crap! Another year dissolves into the ether, and what an amazing year, on so many levels. There's all the awful stuff.... mostly driven by an economy, manipulated in all the… Continue

Added by Ellen Hopkins on January 1, 2009 at 8:51am — No Comments

Three writers' resolutions for you

New Year’s greetings from your faithful Zephyr editor! And one resolution met for me. This is the year I abandon my writing hermitage and get down to being social. Normally, at this early hour of the morning, I would be happily and solitarily formatting a manuscript for editing, my earphones piping a steady stream of horror fiction into my head from the latest e-book I downloaded from the library. (You know you can do that, right? And it’s free.) Alas, yesterday my beloved earphones succumbed… Continue

Added by Jenny MacKay on December 31, 2008 at 8:15am — 1 Comment

Holiday Blessings

Wow. Another year dissolves as we happily anticipate the upcoming week. I'd like to say here how much I value each of you. Your friendship. Your communion. Your talent. Your drive to realize your dreams. We share an important goal. Touching the lives of children and teens through our words. How important that is, and how important the need for people who strive to do that, through tough economic times and at a time when some opine that books will become obsolete.

To that, I give a… Continue

Added by Ellen Hopkins on December 23, 2008 at 7:36am — No Comments

Seasons Greetings

I want to wish each of you a very Blessed Holiday and a Properous New Year. I am going on a Christmas vacation with my family...something we planned for a very long time. Talk to you in 2009. Till then, Happy Holidays, Bonnie

Added by Bonnie Reele on December 23, 2008 at 7:21am — 1 Comment

10 YA Books I Bought for the Holidays

Hey, last minute shoppers. Looking for the YA reader on your list? As an author, I often get asked to share the titles I buy people for the holidays. Here’s the list this year in no particular order. I’ve put a little star (*) by them if they are for mature readers (you know mature themes with sex and drugs and such) but I think all were tastefully done.

1. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Actually, I bought the trilogy. Uglies. Pretties. Specials. Future. Environmental. Cleanly… Continue

Added by Kim Culbertson on December 13, 2008 at 11:29am — 2 Comments

Looking forward to a brand new year

Does anyone have any cool rituals or traditions they do for the new year? For me, every new year feels like twelve pristine months that I can create the way I want, and I do the same little rituals every year. Here are mine. I'd love to hear some of yours.

1. Around the Solstice, I send out notecards I've collected all year. If, say, an employee was extra helpful to me at the DMV, even though fifteen people ahead of me treated her like pond scum, I always end our interaction by… Continue

Added by Lynda Sandoval on December 11, 2008 at 12:00am — 5 Comments


"The famous saudade of the Portuguese is a vague and constant desire for something that does not and probably cannot exist, for something other than the present, a turning towards the past or towards the future; not an active discontent or poignant sadness but an indolent dreaming wistfulness." -A.F.G. Bell

I used to hate mainstream fiction. It always felt so manipulated or contrived to me. Maybe I've been ruined by memoirs -- mainstream fiction stories that actually happened. (for… Continue

Added by Heather W. Petty on December 7, 2008 at 8:57am — No Comments

Keeping in Touch

Hello Everyone. It is so nice to read all of your messages and to see the support you give to each other. I feel blessed to be a part of this group even though I am still trying to learn the fetaures of the website. Thanksgiving day in Florida was gorgeous. Since then, it's been cold, windy and rainy. I wear my winter coat and carry an umbrella every day. I don't know exactly what to say at this point, so I'll just say goodnight and talk to you later. Regards, Bonnie

Added by Bonnie Reele on December 3, 2008 at 3:59pm — 1 Comment

My MySpace Thanksgiving blog

Thought you might be interested in the kind of blogs I do on MySpace for special days like Thanksgiving. Posted at 7 a.m. Thanksgiving day, before I baked a single pie!

Giving thanks for YOU!

Another Thanksgiving! It's early here, just past 6 a.m. and the house sleeps soundly. I'm up, thinking about all I have to do in preparation. We have family up from Los Angeles, and dinner will be around three. The gathering was supposed to be larger, but things happen, as you know.… Continue

Added by Ellen Hopkins on November 28, 2008 at 7:19am — 2 Comments

Greetings from New England

Hi Suzy, Ellen, and everyone else!

I was just tinkering with a Ning site for New England SCBWI and thought I'd do a search to see if anyone else had beaten us to it, and it looks like that would be you guys! I'm very interested in finding out how your experience has been with this type of site, to know what we should and shouldn't do. For example, the Google ads in the right column are worrisome, but is there any effective way for us to distance ourselves from them? And what is the… Continue

Added by Greg R. Fishbone on November 22, 2008 at 8:11pm — 3 Comments

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