It’s been a while since I wrote about SCBWI, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. When I started writing for children, this was the only game in town. The internet was pretty darn new (yes, it’s been THAT long) and this was the best way to get a lot of information as well as access educational opportunities.
With the internet, you have access to so much information, but SCBWI still offers so much to its members. The best part is that they are always working to expand on these benefits. Perhaps their latest creation is Insight. It is a monthly e-report on the industry. Because of this, it is both more current than a print newsletter (duh) but also has the muscle of the Society behind it. If you read the information in Insight, you know it has been vetted by industry experts and professionals in the field.
Here are just a few of the things that were in the first (June 1, 2015) issue.
Interview with Allyn Johnston. Johnston is one of my dream editors. My son loved her books (Mr. Putter and Tabby); I still love her books. This woman is IT. Lot’s of great info in this interview.
On the Shelves. This column profiles a different indie book store each month. Did you know that indies are making a rebound? Check out this column to find out why?
Draw This! A monthly prompt for illustrators and no one says that the writers can’t use it too.
Monthly Contest. There is also a monthly writing prompt and contest. The winner receives a piece of SCBWI swag. There just aren’t prizes for us.
There are also inspirational bits from noted writers (find out how Linda Sue Parks writes) and tips for illustrators.
I’ve been a members of SCBWI since 1991 and have never regretted it. In addition to everythings else, it is an amazing networking opportunity. Find out how to join here.