Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

November 2015

November 2015 Newsletter

Hi everyone,

There’s been lots of talk going on about the new Book Launch Party. In case you’ve missed it, this promotional feature is for both traditional and self-published members to promote their new books on a Party Page. In order to drive traffic to the Party Page, SCBWI will take out ads on PW's Children's Bookshelf, on Kirkus’ website and the online School Library Journal. Details will also be sent to all the significant bloggers in the kidlitosphere, head librarians across the country, and every possible reading association. The first Party will launch December 1, 2015 and is open to all books published in 2015. After that, the Party will take place four times a year and only books published during that period will be eligible. For more information go to

If you still have questions about this new feature, feel free to contact me.

And if you decide to host a Book Launch Party, please let us celebrate with you by putting a link to your page on our Facebook group page. I’d love to see everybody’s pages and help celebrate and promote your books as much as possible.


SCBWI Member Good News

I’ve created a new section on our regional page ( for your good news. Have you recently signed an illustrating or writing contract? Won a contest? Signed with an agent? Let me know and I will feature it on our website. Your good news is good new for the entire region – so don’t be shy!


Old Newsletters

I’ve also created an archive for our old newsletters. These can also be accessed through our region homepage.


New Event

Online Picture Book Critique with Jude Evans


Online Picture Book Critique session with Little Tiger Press editor Jude Evans with an oral critique of first 600 words of your picture book. Jude will make a short presentation on what makes a good first page. After the presentation, the first 600 words from each participant will be read out loud and Jude will comment on each one. Ten minutes are scheduled for each participant. Participation limited to 10.

Submissions of first 600 words of a picture book are due Monday, November 30 at 4:00 pm.


Tuesday December 15, 2015 from 8:00 pm – 10:00 pm Central European Time


SCBWI member  – 45€