SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

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  •   Promote at Anderson's Children's Literature Breakfast and IRC On Saturday, February 25th, #ReadLocalILLINOIS will be at Anderson's Bookshops 21st Annual Children's Literature Breakfast, Naperville March 9-10 finds us at Booth #519 at  Illinois Reading Council Conference, Springfield. All published members are invited to mail swag and join us to make 800 swag bags for educators to promote YOU. Not attending? No problem!  This is a community effort to boost & support one another with lots of ways for all PALs to help.   Here is some information for storytellers: February 25th: #ReadLocalILLINOIS will be at Anderson's Bookshops 21st Annual Children's Literature Breakfast, Naperville Invitations to local authors/illustrators/translators have already been sent. If you haven't yet received an invitation, please understand that a storyteller has already been invited to present to your table.  Want to attend to see the speakers and support fellow storytellers? Buy tickets HERE. March 9-10: #ReadLocalILLINOIS will be at Illinois Reading Council Conference, Springfield.Take advantage of this opportunity to hand-sell your PAL books, engage teachers and pass out #ReadLocalILLINOIS posters, swag bags and prize book bundles at our IRC booth, #519. Boost and promote your yourself and your colleagues alongside veteran conference coordinator, Louann Brown and members of the IL Regional Team. Thousands of teachers (PreK-High School), their administrators, and librarians will attend.   SCBWI-IL hosts a booth to promote PAL published books and author visits. We are looking for people who would like to take advantage of this opportunity to promote their book(s), the organization, and the books of our colleagues. This is a community effort with LOTS of ways to contribute.Email PAL Coordinator Reese Eschmann if work or distance are an issue but you want to help or donate to defray costs.   We invite all of you—whether you are coming to the events or not—to send us swag! As a group, we will be making swag bags for 800 educators to promote all published SCBWI-IL members. We ask you to plan to donate at least an hour or two to help pack swag bags on February 15 (11 AM —1 PM). —Lunch will be offered. —Cannot pack due to work, distance. Ask Reese how you can help. CLICK TO SIGN UP TO PACK SWAG FEBRUARY 15   Both PAL & independently published invited. —All storytellers' promo pieces will be sent to Anderson's, as Anderson's sells indie an trade books. —PAL members' promo pieces will be packaged for IRC to comply with SCBWI guidelines. This is a community effort to boost & support one another. Thanks for taking the time and money to create beautiful swag to send it to us. It does not happen without YOU! AM I A PAL MEMBER? HOW CAN I BECOME A SCBWI PAL MEMBER?  Have a signed contract or a published book by a publisher recognized as PAL by SCBWI? Upgrade your member status to PAL Member! Remember, upgrading your SCBWI Member Status to PAL is as easy as a few clicks! If you’ve signed a contract for an upcoming PAL book or have a published  book, log into www.scbwi.org and go to your MEMBER PROFILE page.  Here, you can upload your new title into the bookstore.  This will automatically upgrade your member status to PAL. Don't see your publisher in the drop-down list? SCBWI PAL Guidelines. If you publisher meets the criteria, fill out the PAL Request Form Take advantage of all that your SCBWI membership has to offer and update your member status for FREE by logging into your SCBWI MEMBER PROFILE today!   Upgrade your Member Status directions SCBWI PAL Guidelines Member Status Questions?: Email Deborah Topolski DIRECTIONS:   MAIL YOUR ANDERSON'S / IRC PROMO ITEMS TO BE RECEIVED BY FEBRUARY 8 ONE design per writer/illustrator. Your swag should fit in a zipped plastic bag. Your swag can be: —A book mark —A postcard —A flyer OR —A drawing.    IRC INFORMATION   MAIL YOUR IRC DISPLAY BOOKS TO BE RECEIVED BY MARCH 3 —We plan to showcase a display of our RECENTLY PUBLISHED (2021-2023) PAL books. —Mail two copies your (2021-2023) PAL published book   TO VOLUNTEER IN THE IRC BOOTH —We need to fill 18 two-hour shifts. See SCBWI-IL IRC 2023 Booth Schedule below and Email Louann Brown to schedule your time. —Email Louann Brown to schedule your time.It’s loads of fun! Plus if you’re able to work, the name tag we provide you will admit you to conference sessions featuring many accomplished children’s authors.  Click for Illinois Reading Council Conference website and conference schedule,   MAIL ALL ITEMS TO OUR PAL COORDINATOR: Reese Eschmann 4249 Park Avenue Brookfield, IL 60513 Join us on February 15, 11-1 to help pack swag at Reese's! In past years, these swag bags have been very appreciated. Everyone at Anderson's and IRC is very grateful for our participation—they want to support local storytellers. CLICK TO SIGN UP TO PACK SWAG FEBRUARY 15   Questions about mailing/delivering/packing swag: Reese Eschmann, SCBWI-IL PAL Coordinator Questions about Anderson’s Event? Reese Eschmann, SCBWI-IL PAL Coordinator Anderson's Bookshops 21st Annual Children's Literature Breakfast Questions about IRC? Email Louann Brown  Illinois Reading Council Conference, Springfield.  
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  • Keep your goals on track with POWER HOUR! Join Illinois' Network and Regional Volunteers weekly. FREE & OPEN TO ALL Work on your own projects for 60 minutes to keep motivated with your Illinois community. Stay a few minutes after, if you like, to chat or ask questions of your host! Get to know your Illinois' Network and Regional Volunteers this January for a weekly Power Hour! Jan 09: host Remi Kathawa Jan 16: host Anny Rusk Jan 23: host Lizzie Cooke Jan 30: host Deborah Topolski Join us HERE on Zoom on Monday nights beginning January 9, 7PM    Want to become a SCBWI-IL Volunteer? Click for current needs & to reach out to your Regional Team for more opportunities.
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  • ON ZOOM JANUARY 11 Back by popular demand! We’ll be looking for a little help with our writing goals from…The Tarot! Carolyn Crimi, who is by no means a professional tarot card reader, will be pulling cards for 2023! Bring your questions and goals about manuscripts, agents, and editors and see what the cards have to say.   Carolyn uses a “gentle” tarot deck so there are no spooky Death, Devil, or Hanged Man cards. (Unless you’d like them, in which case she can dig up her old deck.) Come have a laugh and maybe get some insight into your career concerns!   Email North Suburban Network Co-Network Representative Ilana Ostrar for more information Click to join Zoom meeting on January 11     Visit all free SCBWI-IL Networks
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