Nevada SCBWI

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November 2008 Blog Posts (11)

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

Thoughts About Advertizements

Hi guys - I was checking in and decided to check out the advertizements listed at the right side of our site pages. It seems prudent to know what we are all being pitched. Although right now, I have Pimp your Page and Rachael Ray's Diet - how DOES the computer know how much weight I should lose? - a moment ago there was an advertizement for a children's literary agency and for "traditional publisher seeks books." I checked out both of these and they appear to be from the same company - at least… Continue

Added by Suzanne Morgan Williams on November 19, 2008 at 11:47pm — 1 Comment

My Other Blog

If any of you are interested in reading or following my "real" blog it is Although my first book won't be out until next Fall, I'm involved in a virtual book tour.

Added by Janet Ann Collins on November 19, 2008 at 5:28pm — No Comments

Critique groups yesterday and today

I had the pleasure of sharing a critique table with two fairly new groups.... one yesterday in Carson and another this afternoon in Reno. What wonderful writers and discussion! I hope both groups remain viable and enthusiastic. Monica and Julie, please go ahead and add your groups here. And for those interested in a group near home, please check these out.

Oh, and several people came down from Truckee to Reno this afternoon. As winter rears its chilly head, you may very well choose… Continue

Added by Ellen Hopkins on November 16, 2008 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Down Yonder

Hello, Everyone. I feel a bit odd about joining this group since I don't live in Nevada, but Grass Valley isn't that far away. Next Fall when my first picture book comes out I hope to have a book signing in Reno so maybe I can meet some of you there. In the meantime it will be nice to get to know you online here. If you want to know more about me please check my website, or my blog,

Added by Janet Ann Collins on November 13, 2008 at 11:28am — 3 Comments

Your Resident Virginian!

I represent the Virginia contingent of Nevada SCBWI - you wonderful folks adopted me at the first Nevada SCBWI Mentorship Program! In no small part thanks to that program my debut novel, When the Whistle Blows, is being published by Philomel Books in June 2009! I'm forever indebted and forever a fan of Nevada SCBWI!!

All Best,

Fran Cannon Slayton

When the Whistle Blows is… Continue

Added by Fran Slayton on November 13, 2008 at 10:48am — 4 Comments


Hi everyone,
This is a great idea. I enjoy making connections with other writers in my SCBWI area. To find out more about me and my books, visit my website at (One of these days I'm going to update it!)

Added by Lori Mortensen on November 13, 2008 at 10:01am — 2 Comments

An Introduction

Thanks to Suzy and Ellen for the invite! My name is Kim Culbertson and in June of 2007, my first young adult novel SONGS FOR A TEENAGE NOMAD was published by Hip Pocket Press. SONGS was the winner of the Best New Voice in Children’s/YA Fiction for the PMA sponsored 2008 Ben Franklin Awards as well as named a silver medalist for the 2008 IPPY Awards for the Young Adult Fiction Category.

SONGS won both the 2008 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for Young Adult Fiction and the 2007… Continue

Added by Kim Culbertson on November 13, 2008 at 9:51am — 4 Comments

Saying hi

Hi - it's Suzy here. I'm so happy to have this way for us to communicate and keep in touch. I have to confess I'm doing this quickly and haven't read Ellen's post so I may duplicate what she has to say. We have such a great group of writers and illustrators. This forum (right word? I'm really a techno dinosaur but am working at it. . .) will let us say hi, look for critique groups and partners, make plans for carpooling to conferences - all that good stuff. Please do remember that anything you… Continue

Added by Suzanne Morgan Williams on November 12, 2008 at 8:34pm — 1 Comment

Please enjoy this new feature of SCBWI Nevada

Hello everyone! Suzy and I hope you will take advantage of our new social networking page. This is a great way to get to know each other, organize critique groups or online critiques, learn more about events, and even talk about what's bugging you. Just please stay respectful! You may say anything you like. However, if someone chooses to be hurtful, he or she will be asked to tone it down or stop posting. Blog comments, etc. can be moderated, but we would prefer to work on the honor system.… Continue

Added by Ellen Hopkins on November 11, 2008 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

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