2022 Conference Countdown
11 Weeks Until Conference!

Get ready to PARTY at these Fall Conference Events:
Friday Night
Sept. 29th @ 7:30 PM

Join hosts John and Linda for the Carolinas' favorite meet-up. Work along to the prompts then share your work to thunderous applause! (Applause guaranteed ;)
Saturday Night
Oct. 30th @ 5:30 PM

Peruse the Portfolio Showcase while enjoying heavy hors d'oeuvres & birthday cupcakes. Get your books autographed by local authors & illustrators, meet the RT and region volunteers. Snap photos with friends at our Birthday Selfie Station!
Haven't signed up yet? It's not too late! Click here for more information!
Welcome to Cindy Clemens, our new
SCBWI Carolinas Social Media Coordinator!

Cindy joined SCBWI in 1994 and began writing picture books and middle grade novels after she and her wife adopted their child. She enjoys the conferences and critique group connections as much as the writing itself! Cindy has recently retired from her career as a writer, photographer and graphic artist for the City of Charlotte. Her personal essays and commentaries have aired on the local NPR affiliate in Charlotte and in The Charlotte Observer. Cindy is represented by Allison Remcheck of Stimola Literary Studio.

Help us welcome Cindy at her new Carolinas email address.
SCBWI Carolinas members are invited to Ignite the Spark by writing—and drawing—microfiction. Ignite the Spark is held every third Tuesday on Zoom.

SIGN UP for this month's meeting
July 19th from 7:30-8:30 pm EST.

*Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on July 18th.
Help spread the word about our PAL members' newly-released books by contacting your local library systems, local bookstores, local schools, and other specialty locations!


Megan Hoyt
Title: The Greatest Song of All
Author: Megan Hoyt
Illustrator: Katie Hickey
Publisher: Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0063045279
Release Date: July 5, 2022

Amanda Cleary Eastep
Titles: Lions to the Rescue! and Mystery in Crooked Creek Woods
Author: Amanda Cleary Eastep
Illustrator: Aedan Peterson
ISBN: 978-0802421043 and 978-0802421050
Publisher: Moody Publishers
Release date: July 5, 2022

Dinah Johnson
Title: H is for Harlem
Author: Dinah Johnson
Illustrator by April Harrison
ISBN: 978-0-316-32237-9
Publisher: Christy Ottaviano Books/Little, Brown & Co,
Release date: July 19, 2022

Matt Myers
Title: The World's Longest Licorice Rope
Author/Illustrator: Matt Myers
ISBN: 978-0593180013
Publisher: Random House Studio
Release date: July 26, 2022


Check out our July interview
with author Megan Hoyt.

Subscribe to our YouTube channel and check out past interviews.

Remember--we can't spread the word about your book's release if you don't let us know!

Learn about our Book Fairies Program.

Logo art created by K.A.K. Lecky.

Critique Group Classifieds

The Apex Critique Group has room for a few new members! The group meets in person once a quarter at the Panera Bread in the Beaver Creek shopping center in Apex, and they exchange story drafts by email in between meetings. Contact Lynn Fowler for details.

If you would like to place an ad in our Critique Group Classifieds, please email Carolinas Critique Group Coordinator Carolyn Fraiser. Ads will run for two consecutive months.
Polishing Your Manuscripts and Materials for
Conference Critiques and Consult Submissions

In just a few short weeks, manuscripts and materials are due for our SCBWI Carolinas fall conference critiques and career consults.* Besides presenting carefully crafted words and following the manuscript critique and career consultation submission instructions perfectly, here are a few more things you can do to make your manuscript shine:

  • Workshop your manuscript with a critique partner or critique group. This is one of the most valuable things a writer can do, yet some writers still balk at sharing their work.
  • Read your pages out loud. Listen for overused words, awkward phrasing, sluggish pacing, etc. 
  • Check your submission for extra spaces. These pop up more often than people realize! A read-through *just* for extra spaces will address this!
  • Check your submission for unnecessary adverbs, speech tags, pet words and phrases, and redundant words. (Read this article for more specifics on these common missteps!)
  • Check your submission for proper grammar. Even seasoned authors can (and DO!) make grammar errors. Here's an excellent rundown of the most common grammar mistakes.
  • For more in-depth grammar questions, The Chicago Manual of Style is the standard in both fiction and nonfiction book publishing; access the 16th edition for free.
  • Here are links to a few more great editing resources: Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers, The Writing Place, and Writing World.

Good luck preparing and polishing your work! 😊

*Attendees registered for critiques may submit their manuscripts between Monday, July 25 and Monday, August 1, 2022 until 11:59 pm ET.
Featured Illustrator: Hallie M. Bertling
Hallie M. Bertling is a colorful artist-type person who loves absorbing stories of all kinds. Whether in NYC or around the world, she sneaks away to museums, indie bookstores, coffee shops, and rush ticket lines for new plays and her favorite: a good ol' fashioned, feel-good musical.

After a dozen-year hiatus in the fine art realm with her faerie tale feet series, Hallie M. Bertling rejoined SCBWI about three years ago. A graduate of SCAD (B.F.A. in Illustration), Hallie has spent her adult(-ish) life illustrating, painting story-inspired gouache paintings, and reading all the books. She's now back to what she should have probably been doing all along: creating and painting her own stories, too. 

Although currenlty un-agented and pre-published for her own middle grade novels, Hallie was recently awarded a Highlights Foundation Scholarship to attend Summer Camp in Fiction. She's working on her next middle grade novel (woo-hoo late summer querying to come!!) as she continues to freelance illustrate. She shares her story-inspired watercolors, travels, and bookreviews on instagram @halthegal_storyart, and maintains an author-illustrator Patreon (the crayon box). Enjoy her artwork and blog (and contact her for author pre-order swag commissions!) on her website: halthegal.art
Unless otherwise specified, questions about the content of this newsletter should be directed to one of the following members of the SCBWI-Carolinas Regional Team: Erica Wood (Regional Advisor), Elizabeth Rawls (Assistant Regional Advisor), Becky Shillington (Co-Assistant Regional Advisor), or Ashley Belote (Illustrator Coordinator).

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