If you’ve read the About Us page, then you know that Writers’ Rumpus is written by members of an SCBWI critique group that meets in a public library. Our first post lists our goals for the blog, one of which is “to share information to help newcomers navigate this new-to-them world [of writing and illustrating for children]—whether the newcomers attend our meetings or read our blog from afar.”
Toward this goal, my to-do list for this blog includes creating a static page (next to that “About Us” tab) with a bibliography of resources for children’s writers and illustrators. (Or is that a resource-ography, since biblio- means books and a lot of resources are links?) I know what’s on my list (SCBWI, Harold Underdown, Verla Kay, etc. . . .), but I’m continually amazed at how many MORE great resources are out there that I only discover when someone else points them out.
So here is a Writers’ Rumpus back-to-school special request with a book giveaway incentive: In the comments section, you’re invited to list your favorite go-to resources for children’s writers and illustrators. Resources can be organizations, web sites, forums, blogs (even specific blog posts), books, or magazines; paid, free, open or subscription-only; for newbies, veterans, or somewhere between—anything as long as it’s currently available and relevant to people who write and/or illustrate for children. If someone else has already listed one of your favorites, please say so; it helps to know that more than one person finds it useful. Please include enough information that I can confirm that the resource is available and tell readers where they can find it. At the end of this month, I’ll mine this treasure trove and craft a new resources page for the blog.
One lucky person (with a USA address*) who comments on this post AND enters the drawing through the link below will be selected, at random, to receive a copy of the just-released picture book MONSTER NEEDS A COSTUME signed by the author, Paul Czajak, one of our Rumpus Writers.
Do two simple things to enter the drawing:
(1) Tell us your favorite writer or illustrator resource in the comments section of this post.
(2) Enter the drawing by following the instructions at the link below. You need to enter before midnight, Eastern Standard Time, on September 27. If you’re new to Rafflecopter, it’s pretty simple. Click on the link and the widget will ask you to sign in either with Facebook or with your email address. Rafflecopter lets you give us your contact info privately, and it does the random drawing for us at the end.
The lucky recipient will be announced on October 1, and this trick-or-treat themed book will ship in time for pre-Halloween reading.
*For our readers in Australia, Canada, the UK, and other countries: regrettably, we can ship the book only to an address in the United States. But we hope you’ll comment anyway.
You can Tweet, email, Like, and generally let everyone know about this call for suggestions in whatever way you prefer, but make sure your followers understand that in order to be considered for the book giveaway, their comments must appear on this blog post, and they need to enter through the Rafflecopter link for this giveaway. Thanks in advance for helping to complete my to-do list.
P.S. And for those who write picture books as well as reading them, stay tuned for a different giveaway in this Friday’s post.
“First-timers Czajak and Grieb pair up for a gently funny story about a boy and his furry blue monster, who can’t decide what to wear for Halloween.” –Publishers Weekly
“Given the jaunty flow of the story and the humorous details on every page, put this at the top of the list for unscary options come October. (Picture book. 3-6)“ –Kirkus Reviews