Sunday, July 25, 2010

Alan Gratz, mentioned again

I know I just posted about Alan Gratz' new book Fantasy Baseball and the "fantasy book team" that Beth Revis has going on her blog, but this is worth mentioning in another way. As members of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), we have regional groups as well as international groups. The SCBWI-Carolinas' own Alan Gratz recently did a 6-week stint in Japan under their scholar-in-residence program. How cool would that be to have the recognition of your books to be able to spend several weeks in a foreign country? For more information about Mr. Gratz's visit, read Japan's newsletter (they do a bi-annual newsletter; we do a quarterly one) and see how Alan went back to Japan to work with 7th graders writing stories. It seems one of other illustrators for our newsletter (Pen & Palette) was mentioned also - Bonnie Adamson - for all her wonderful contributions to the SCBWI-C newsletter. For comparison, here is the Carolinas' newsletter. I always have to save the files and then open them; seems I can't just open from the website for some odd reason. Hope you all enjoy - E :)

4 comments:

Stephen Tremp said...

That would be very cool to do promotional stuff in a foreign land. At the same time you could also begin developing a manuscript for a new book. Why not?

Stephen Tremp

elysabeth said...

LOL - I would just go for the travel experience - who cares about promoting my book - lol - only kidding. I think it would be an awesome opportunity - of course a couple of his books were actually based on some Japanesse history and baseball - so winning combination right there. Thanks for stopping by, Stephen. See you in the postings - E :)

Rebecca Petruck said...

Thanks for the plug! Pen & Palette is always excited to find new readers for our contributors. Take care, Rebecca P., Editor, Pen & Palette

Alan Gratz said...

Hey, Elysabeth! Thanks for mentioning my book, and the interview with me in the Japan SCBWI newsletter. I had a great time in Japan. It wasn't really promotional stuff--I was there working at a school teaching historical fiction, and they certainly knew all about me before I got there! But I DID spend lots of time just soaking up the place and the culture, and I definitely did come back with some good ideas to write about...

Thanks again! Best of luck to you with your writing...