May 2017 Member Good News

Our members have been busy receiving kudos, having books published, winning awards, and more!

Read all the latest and greatest here…

David-Matthew Barnes received the award for Best Short Screenplay for his coming-of-age screenplay BOXCAR at the New Renaissance Film Festival in Amsterdam.

As part of Utah's Water Week events Water Runs Through This Book by Nancy Bo Flood was chosen to promote an inclusive, diverse, water-wise community in Utah. Books have been donated to over 250 libraries and schools in Utah and southern Idaho. Nancy will give talks and workshops during Water Week, see

Erika J. Henkart's picture book manuscript, HENRY CAN FIX IT! took 2nd place in the fiction category of the 2017 Denver Woman's Press Club Unknown Writers' contest. This enduring story of determination, creativity and friendship appeals to boys and speaks to anyone with a heart!

Jean Reidy is excited to announce the sale of her picture book, TRUMAN – about a tiny, ordinary tortoise, and the day he is forced to find his most extraordinary self – to Emma Ledbetter at Atheneum and to be illustrated by Lucy Ruth Cummins. Publication is set for summer 2019

Judith Robbins Rose, author of LOOK BOTH WAYS IN THE BARRIO BLANCO, received an educational grant from the Colorado Authors’ League to offset the cost of her attendance at Free Expressions’ Breakout Novel Intensive in Hood River Oregon in March, a weeklong program featuring agent/author Donald Maass.

Maria Barbo at HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books bought Kim Tomsic's middle grade debut, The 11:11 Wish: a math whiz uses a magical cat clock in an attempt to fit in at her new school. Publication scheduled for 2018; Jennifer Rofé, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, brokered the two-book deal for world rights.

Patricia Toole & Sara Miller’s middle grade adventure novel, PATH OF THE THUNDERBIRD – A GRAND CANYON ADVENTURE, was published in April 2017 by Grand Canyon Association. A treasure hunt leads to the discovery of a lifetime for four 12-year-olds who must rely on each other to survive. 

Thanks to meeting at the 2016 Letters & Lines Conference, Jen Reeder interviewed Judy Schachner, author/illustrator of SKIPPYJON JONES, for the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of MODERN CAT MAGAZINE ( In February, Reeder won two awards from the Dog Writers Association of America and was elected president of the organization.

Mary Louise Sanchez, author, is a recipient of Lee & Low Books' fourth annual New Visions Award. The publisher is partnering with First Book and the NEA Foundation to get The Wind Called My Name, a middle grade historical fiction story, into the hands of more children in 2018.

Ten copies of Natasha Wing's biography, WHEN JACKIE SAVED GRAND CENTRAL: THE TRUE STORY OF JACQUELINE KENNEDY'S FIGHT TO SAVE AN AMERICAN ICON (HMH, March 7), were dropped in Grand Central April 13th. Books will circulate on trains departing from the terminal. Send selfies with the book:

Leslea Wahl's book, An Unexpected Role is a finalist in this year's Colorado Authors League Awards. An Unexpected Role was a RMC-SCBWI mentor-ship program book.

Author/illustrator, Stan Yan is happy to announce that thanks to a partnership with Second Start to the Right Children's Books, he is teaching again this Summer, and can do a FREE Skype school visits. More information at