#KTChat with Janie Emaus: Perseverance, Potato Latkes and #Pitmad—After Mere Decades, I Was an Overnight Success

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by Janie Emaus

Perseverance plaque that sits above Janie's desk.
A plaque that sits above Janie’s desk for inspiration.

PERSEVERANCE

I believe it’s the most important factor in my long writing career. I kept the valuable parts of each rejection (of which there were hundreds), tossed away the rest and put my butt back in the chair.  

Last November my determination paid off.

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Announcing New Illustration Contest for SCBWI-LA Members!

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#KTIllustrates

Similar to SCBWI-LA’s annual Twitter Banner Contest, Kite Tales wants to invite our members to take part in #KTIllustrates, a new illustration contest to reward and promote your work! The contest will begin with a prompt, but it’s up to you on how you want to illustrate it. It can be either conceptual or literal, spot or spread, and keeping the idea of the prompt as it would apply to children’s books. We encourage every medium, genre, and age range! (Maybe you’d be inspired to do a cover piece for a middle grade, for example?) All are welcome, as long as the final entry stays within the guidelines posted on the entry page.

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Community Corner with Barbara A. Bagwell: How to Own the Name Writer

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When you dream something and envision it, goals drive you onwards.

At the encouragement of my childhood friend, I became an SCBWI member and attended the 2013 Los Angeles summer conference. Although I wrote marketing copy or non-fiction often at work, and had developed stories and poems for fun, I never considered myself a writer. In my misbelief, only English majors became authors. That was not me. I could not write like them.

Regardless, I attended the 2013 SCBWI Summer Conference.

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Ask an Editor: Should I Be Querying Now?

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“Ask an Editor” is a forum wherein SCBWI members submit questions that are answered as part of our quarterly Kite Tales blog.

 Dear Christine – With all that’s going on in the world, should I be querying? Thanks.

—Lynn, Los Angeles

Dear Lynn – Query, just be sure to check the agency’s or publisher’s website first. If they are closed to submissions, it should state that.

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Community Corner with Monica Sagaser: SCBWI Critique Groups and Taking the Leap

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At the start of quarantine, I checked in with my writer friends. All of them reported they simply couldn’t write or open a book. They berated themselves, something painfully easy for writers. The anguish of loss and uncertainty during this global pandemic was taking a toll on their creativity. Feeling no different, I was terrified of even glancing at my half-baked manuscript. I feared it would go unfinished.

I didn’t want that to happen, so I took a leap.

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How Hollywood Finds Your Manuscript

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by Colleen McAllister

Hollywood executives are on the prowl for the book or series that could become their next franchise long before a manuscript is published. But what are they looking for and how do they find it?

We’ll hear from Nathan Schram, Senior Manager of Animation Development at Nickelodeon, and Maddie Breeland, Development Executive in charge of developing material for Fox, Disney and most recently Anvil Pictures, about how they find your book.

COLLEEN MCALLISTER: What does the process look like as far as how you look for book manuscripts to option?

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SCBWI-L.A.’s Virtual Critique Day 2020

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by W. R. Miller

Like the rest of the world in 2020, COVID-19 had crippled SCBWI events. No longer could we meet, and network, and learn at various LitMingles and conventions. 

Or could we? Thanks to the internet, we could—and did.

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The 2020 Sue Alexander Grant Winner Has Been Selected!

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By Karol Ruth Silverstein, SCBWI-L.A. Contest Coordinator

Though the SCBWI-Los Angeles isn’t able to schedule any in-person events for the remainder of 2020 due to the pandemic, the Sue Alexander Grant competition is a constant we felt was important to keep in place. 

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SCBWI-L.A. Twitter Banner Contest Winner: Illustrator Nancy Whitesides

In this year’s SCBWI-L.A. Twitter Banner Contest, illustrators were asked to submit their most creative response to our prompt: In the Wild. The winning contestant’s artwork is featured on the Los Angeles Region SCBWI Twitter Profile until the next contest, with a feature article published here on Kite Tales. 

We’re excited to announce illustrator and author Nancy Whitesides won! Nancy is an author and self-taught illustrator born and raised in the Philippines. Her middle-grade fantasy novel won first runner-up at the 2016 SCBWI-L.A. Writer’s Day. She loves nature and has participated in environmental causes for more than ten years.

Read on to learn more about Nancy, her tips and tools, and her own illustration prompt for anyone looking for some inspiration.

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