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RA CORNER: News and Regional Updates:

MARCH 25, 2015


A shout out to Sean Boyd and his "taxing evening" last week! It was a great session, chock full of information on filing taxes as a writer. He encourages writers to take advantage of tax write-offs, as long as rules are followed and attention is paid on receipts and general 
"proof" such as Facebook posts, etc. He's offered us his tax manual for small business; it's about 100 pages, bursting with facts: http://www.boydcpas.com/~boydltdc/files/The_New_Business_Kit_2015-web.pdf If you find it helpful, be a good kid and email him a quick thank you. He did the entire event for free (although we did ply him with many great books for his kids).

We've got two other great events coming up. 

The 2015 Spring Spirit conference is May 2nd. Seats are filling up fast, so register now before we are sold out!  https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2015-spring-spirit-conference/ Meet editors and agents from "closed" houses that will allow you to submit to them directly after the conference! They are flying in from NY, AZ and southern CA just for us! Meet award winning authors Matt de la Pena and Kirby Larson! Lots of other exclamation-point-worthy workshops and faculty! Go to the link for all the deets.

In the Clovis area? It's not too late to register and attend the Spring Mixer, held in Clovis on March 28thhttps://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/the-spring-mixer/

The Northern California Publishers & Authors is holding their awards banquet on April 24th. It's not an SCBWI event, but might be of interest to our local authors. You've got until March 30th to submit your books for consideration: http://www.norcalpa.org

How would you like to go to the next international SCBWI conference, held in late July of this year, FOR FREE? We've got a Grant Challenge going on. Check out http://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/2014/03/07/scholarship-2014-la-conference-grant/ for details. Deadline is May 15th.

Anything else on the horizon? Let us know what you're up to! CANorthCentral [at] scbwi.org



Feb 25, 2015

Deadlines…tick tock….

* The deadline for conference manuscript critique submissions is February 28th. That means I need to HAVE YOUR MANUSCRIPT IN MY CUTE LITTLE HANDS by Feb 28th. Any later and you not only miss out on a critique, but you lose the money you spent on getting it critiqued.  Don’t make me be the bad guy—get your manuscript in on time! There are no exceptions as the manuscripts are mailed out to the professionals that afternoon. Review conference details at https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2015-spring-spirit-conference.

* If you signed up for the Roundtable Critique session at Spring Spirit 2015, your first five pages or dummy are due by 5pm MARCH 1st. Email them to scbwipublicity@gmail.com. Please make sure they are formatted in the expected manner (ex: 1” margins all around, 12 pt font). If you miss the deadline, your spot will be given to someone else, and there are several people on the wait list ready to take your seat. No exceptions. (Your Roundtable leader will be assigned for you according to leader preference/expertise, we aren’t able to take requests.)  Not sure if you’re signed up for that session? Check your conference registration details at https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2015-spring-spirit-conference/. You’ll need to be logged into the SCBWI site to access that information.

* March 15th is the deadline for early conference registration. Prices increase at 12:01am PDT  March 16th.  Register here: https://canorthcentral.scbwi.org/events/2015-spring-spirit-conference/


Chance to promote your 2015 titles

Speaking of our annual conference Spring Spirit 2015…If you’re published, we’d like to show off your most recent book covers throughout the day. Whether you are a PAL member (http://www.scbwi.org/about/levels-of-membership-2/) or published through a nontraditional route, you are invited to participate in our Spring Spirit Conference slide show featuring member books. 


1. Books published using traditional (i.e. PAL) or nontraditional publishing models (i.e. self-published)

2. Release date:  Jan. 1, 2014-present. Limit: 2 covers per person.

3. You must be a member of SCBWI California North/Central OR a member of another SCBWI region attending the Spring Spirit Conference (sorry non-members are ineligible)

Submission guidelines

1. Book covers only. Must have release date Jan 2014 or later.

2. JPEG files no larger than 1M.

3. Email the cover(s) to Beth Hull ( tbeth.hull@gmail.com ), with subject line:  SpSp Slide Show

4. Body of email:  your book title; your name as you would like it to appear in the slide show; your occupation (author, illustrator, author/Illustrator)

5. Deadline:  February 28 at 5:00 pm

6. If you are NOT attending the conference but you ARE a member of California North/Central, you may still submit up to two cover images (as long as you meet the above eligibility requirements).


Jan 20, 2015

1.       Have you seen the latest and fabulous issue of ACORN, our regional newsletter? Beth Hull worked hard on it, so please take a look!  Go to our regional page, http://canorthcentral.scbwi.org, and look to the right. Find and click the ACORN link and you’re there! Or click here

2.       Taxes as a freelancer or part time author/illustrator can be tricky. Wouldn’t it be great if a real live CPA gave us the inside scoop? Well one will! Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 19th, at the Sylvan Oaks Library in Sacramento.  Please RSVP ASAP, as we expect a full crowd! Click here for more info.

3.       As if that’s not enough, we also have our annual conference coming up on May 2. Manuscript and portfolio critiques are due in my mailbox by 2/28/2015, so don't delay with getting feedback on your work from a member of this year's awesome faculty, an amazing line up of editors, agents, art directors, best-selling authors, and all around great talent. You’ll want to sign up quickly, as manuscript critiques are first come, first served. And, some workshop sessions are already sold out! You’ll hear lots more from us on the conference as we near closer to the May 2nd date. For now, take a look and register already, will ya?