Society of
Children's Book Writers
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December 2018 Member Good News

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

Read all the latest and greatest here…


As of October 8, 2018, Nancy Banks is represented by Dan Lazar of Writers House.


Rachel Delaney Craft’s nonfiction article “Bionic Bling,” about how gemstones are used in artificial joints, appeared in the September 2018 issue of ASK magazine.


Jessica Dazzo published her debut young adult novel, SUPER ME, the first installment in A SUPER SERIES (Kindle Direct Publishing). 17-year-old Faye Aldright thinks she’s going crazy, but she must somehow embrace the super-weird, super-awkward ability she’s developing and learn to trust in herself.


FIRST LAUGH—WELCOME BABY written in collaboration by Nancy Bo Flood and Rose Tahe, illustrated by Jonathan Nelson, is on this New York Public Library / NYPL list of best 2018 books.


Martha Freeman’s picture book IF YOU’RE GOING TO A MARCH (Sterling, 2018) earned a Parents’ Choice award; middle-grade thriller ZAP (Simon & Schuster, 2018) was featured by the Campaign for the American Reader; and chapter book GOLDILOCKS, GO HOME, illustrated by Marta Sevilla, is due from Holiday House in May.


Megan E. Freeman signed with literary agent Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency.  Megan writes MG and YA.


Rudy Ch. Garcia just won First Place in The Latino Literary Online Magazine Somos en escrito’s 2018 Extra Fiction Writing Contest. Prize included $100 and an autographed copy of Smoking Mirror Blues by author Ernest Hogan, finalists judge. Fatherly, dragonly, motherly … love, luck and touch is online here.


Amy Hempe’s story entitled “Finding the Perfect Sandy” was accepted by Cricket Magazine. It should be published in the next year.


Darby Karchut’s contemporary middle grade novel, SPANISH RED, sold to Hannah Smith at Owl Hollow Press, in a nice deal, for publication Fall 2019. An eleven-year boy learns his estranged father may not be the family villain after all; it will take one extraordinary horse to mend the hearts of man and son.


Stephie Morton’s picture book, THREE LOST SEEDS, will be published in 2020 by Tilbury House Publishers.


DOLPHINS DON’T EAT DONUTS by Julianne Stokes was released in November 2018. Please visit for more information about Julianne, her books, and her upcoming book tour.


Red Dragon’s Keep, by Aurora, Colorado author Natli VanDerWerken took a Finalist Award in the Fiction: Fantasy category of the Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest. There’s one winner in each category and six finalists. 2,000 books were entered in the overall contest.


Natasha Vizcarra is one of 12 finalists for Author Accelerator’s Diverse Voices book coaching scholarship, chosen out of 250 entries. Her middle grade novel is the only manuscript for children among the finalists. Three winners will be announced in mid-December.


Virginia K White’s new picture book, WOULD YOU LIKE A SCARLET STRIPED SCHRINKLER?, will be published in January, 2019 by Virginia K. White.