Call for Book Covers Correction!

•June 8, 2009 • Comments Off on Call for Book Covers Correction!

I apologize for misunderstanding Lois Szymanski’s message about the book cover calendar and misleading you!!!  She seeks book covers of any new books published by publishing houses that aren’t vanity presses or self-published presses  by either WRITERS or Illustrators from our region.  For instance, Edith Hemmingway’s new book that she wrote, Road to Tator Hill, by Delacorte Press debuts soon.  Thus, her beautifully designed book cover will be included in the calendar.  The calendar will NOT be exclusive to illustrators.

Karen Jo (Rockville, MD)


Call for book cover illustrations

•May 27, 2009 • Comments Off on Call for book cover illustrations

Our region will be creating and selling a 2010 calendar this year, to be ready
for sale at the July conference. We will feature book covers of artists and
illustrators from this region. If you are an author or illustrator in the
MD/DE/WV Region with a book out in 2008 or 2009 we invite you to send a high
resolution jpg of your book cover for inclusion in the calendar. There is no
payment, but your calendar will be seen by many, offering free advertising. Each
agent and editor attending our conferences throughout the year will be gifted a

Please send your jpgs via email to Lois Szymanski.  No vanity press or self-published books will be included.

Congratulations, Stephen!

•May 27, 2009 • Comments Off on Congratulations, Stephen!

Two works by Stephen H. were chosen as sole representations of his class in the Howard County Community College student art show!  Bravo!

Karen Jo (Rockville, MD)

Congratulations, Rachel!

•May 27, 2009 • Comments Off on Congratulations, Rachel!

Rachel H. has been accepted in the Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD as a Junior!  Rachel, you’ll be a great asset to that remarkable school!!  Waaay to Go!

Karen Jo (Rockville, MD)

Critique meeting June 20, 2009

•May 26, 2009 • Comments Off on Critique meeting June 20, 2009

Our next meeting will be on June 20 at La Madeleine’s Bakery and Cafe, in Columbia,  Maryland at 7:30 PM.  It’s located near the corner of Rt 175 and Dobbins Road at 6211 Columbia Crossing.  410-872-4900

Bring some art work to brag about, discuss, or ask for a critique!

Look forward to seeing you there.

Karen Jo (Rockville, MD)

24th Annual Children’s Literature Conference June 29 – July 3, 2009

•May 12, 2009 • Comments Off on 24th Annual Children’s Literature Conference June 29 – July 3, 2009

Shenandoah University
1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601

For the past 23 years, the Children’s Literature Conference at Shenandoah University has been striving to share with teachers and librarians the best that children’s literature has to offer. Join us for an amazing journey and study with highly talented authors and artists speaking and presenting at the conference: Jon Scieszka, Ralph Fletcher, Jarrett Krosoczka, Jack Gantos, Jim Murphy, Kevin O’Malley, David Macaulay, Gordon Korman, Jerry Pinkney and Chris Crutcher.

During the conference, participants will attend morning sessions with the featured authors and illustrators. In the afternoons, participants can choose to attend small group workshops, classes and roundtable discussions.

Whether you work with the very young or the seasoned student, you will find new teaching ideas, new resources and new understandings to promote literacy in the classroom. For more information, contact Dr. Karen Huff at or call (540) 545-7215.

The cost varies depending upon such choices as those between credits and audits, housing, and board.  So check the PDF Reservation Form for choices, costs, and details:

Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Spring Illustrators’ Day June 13 ’09 UPDATE

•May 12, 2009 • Comments Off on Mid-Atlantic SCBWI Spring Illustrators’ Day June 13 ’09 UPDATE

The flyer for Dummies for Dummies, a daylong workshop with illustrator/author Pat Cummings at the Greater Reston Arts Center, 12001 Market Street, Suite #103, Reston, Virginia  20190 arrived.  [] Tuition for SCBWI and GRACE members is $65.  Non-members must pay $85.  Advance registration is required.  Tuition is nonrefundable.  Space is limited.

For questions concerning the workshop, please contact Joan Waites, Illustrator Coordinator at: or call during business hours only– 301-588-8641.