Tuesday, August 12, 2014

ART INC is out today!

 Thrilled to announce ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career As An Artist by Lisa Congdon, Edited by Meg Mateo Illasco is out in the world today! Take a peek at the Book Video here and visit Lisa Congdon's website to join the ART INC Blog Tour this week filled with interviews, studio tours, and giveaways!

Join CreativeLive for the Global Book Release and Author Interview with Lisa and Meg, here.

Early Praise for ART INC: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career As An Artist

"If you want to make a living as an artist, you better steal everything you can from this book."
-Austin Kleon, author of Steal Like An Artist

"Lisa Congdon has managed to debunk the outdated and toxic notion that making money and making art are diametrically opposed outcomes, attaining one of which invariably compromises the other-a primary source of crippling self-consciousness. She equips emerging artists with the necessary tools-from the psychological to the practical-for defining success by their own standards, then attaining it on their own terms."
-Maria Popova, founder and editor, BrainPickings.org

"Art, Inc. is a revelation. At long last, there is a resource to help creative people articulate their aesthetic values, successfully brand their business, and manage their artist's income. Congdon insightfully reveals everything it takes to create, build, and sustain a sound, strategic, profitable practice. If you are just entering the field, growing a young business, or nurturing a seasoned career, you will be inspired and motivated by this brilliant new book by one of today's most successful artists."
-Debbie Millman, president, Sterling Brands; chair, SVA Masters in Branding 

Friday, August 08, 2014

Highlights from SCBWI 2014 LA Conference

Inspired once again by all of the brilliant speakers, authors and illustrators at the SCBWI LA Conference this year!

One of our absolute favorite parts of the conference is the Illustrator Portfolio Showcase. Adriana and I had the opportunity to be judges this year---amazing to see such wonderful talent and we both picked up so many postcards! Congratulations to Honors given to Antonio Piedra and Kara Kramer and Grand Prize Winner Cindy Derbyl---here we are with the winning Portfolios!

SCBWI 2014 Illustrator Portfolio Showcase -- judges with winning portfolios!

Author Suzanne Morgan Williams moderated the Diversity Panel which included authors Sharon G. Flake, Lamar Giles, Pura Belpré Award winner Meg Medina, Newbery Medalist Linda Sue Park, and Adriana Dominguez of Full Circle Literary. Read more in this recap in Publishers Weekly.

Lee Wind and team shared posts from the Conference on their SCBWI blog, and SCBWI Members can view conference highlights here.

We hope to see you next year!
Stefanie, Adriana & Taylor

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

SCBWI Summer Conference Highlights Diversity in Children's Publishing

Looking forward to the SCBWI Annual Summer Conference especially the Diversity Panel with our very own Adriana Dominguez on Friday, August 1, at 5:00 pm PST.

Preview the Diversity Panel in this video conversation with Lee Wind and Panel Moderator Suzanne Morgan Williams.

Hope to also see you here:

Cindy Jenson-Elliott's A NONFICTION SMORGASBORD: LYRICAL, NARRATIVE, and FIC-INFORMATIONAL Workshop on Friday afternoon at 4:00 pm.

Adriana Dominguez's  DO'S AND DON'TS OF WRITING DIVERSE CHARACTERS Workshop on Saturday afternoon at 3:15 pm.
If you are not able to attend the SCBWI Summer Conference that starts this Friday, be sure to visit The Official SCBWI Conference Blog and following the conference hashtag, #LA14SCBWI on twitter.  We'll see you there!

#TheChokingGame is- #4 on Nielson Twitter TV Ratings Daily Top 5

Freya Tingley stars as Taryn and Alexa Steele stars as Nina in Lifetime's THE CHOKING GAME which is based on Diana Lopez's novel for teens CHOKE 

Thank you to Lane Shefter Bishop, Jon Eskenas, Marilyn Atlas, Jen Klein and wonderful performances by Freya Tingley, Alexa Steele and Peri Gilpin in Lifetime's THE CHOKING GAME!

Alexa Steele getting ready for premiere "Movie Under the Stars" on Saturday
Stefanie Von Borstel celebrates with the teen stars Alexa and Freya!

If you missed it this weekend, Lifetime will air again on August 23---check local listings on Lifetime Movie Network for additional showings in the coming weeks. Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE, published by Scholastic in 2012, is available wherever books are sold.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The Choking Game the film based on Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE premieres this Saturday!

The World Premiere of The Choking Game, a film based on Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE, is set to air this Saturday, July 26 at 8/7c on Lifetime Movie Network. Click here to watch the Trailer:

The Choking Game Movie Picture -- Nina and Taryn
Director Lane Shefter Bishop was featured on CNN and actress Peri Gilpin on "Good Day LA" today. An important discussion by Christine Louise Hohlbaum on Psychology Today, "The Choking Game Is Not Just a Movie" includes some important information for parents:
  • 1 in 16 kids surveyed in Oregon have tried The Choking Game 
  • The CDC estimates that 800 to 1,000 children between the ages of 10 through 19 die every year from playing the choking game. 
  • 86 percent of parents report not having known about the game prior to their child's involvement
  • 74 percent of fatalities caused by the game occur with an adult in the vicinity

Tune in this Saturday and check local listings on Lifetime Movie Network for additional showings in the coming weeks. Diana Lopez's novel CHOKE, published by Scholastic in 2012, is available wherever books are sold.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Katheryn Russell-Brown's Debut Picture Book Receives Stellar Reviews!

Reviewers are cheering for debut children's author Russell-Brown's upcoming picture book, LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE, coming in September 2014 from Lee & Low Books. Three starred reviews so far---congratulations Katheryn and Frank!

"Russell-Brown’s debut text has an innate musicality, mixing judicious use of onomatopoeia with often sonorous prose."—Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW 

"Staccato rhythms pepper the fluid prose."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW

"An excellent match of breezy text and dynamic illustrations tells an exhilarating story...Russell Brown's text engages the senses—School Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is an inspirational tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.

 Katheryn Russell-Brown is a Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations at the University of Florida. She grew up in a family of music lovers, where jazz was an integral part of the sounds of daily life. A radio broadcast in 2008 about Liston inspired Russell-Brown to research the musician and eventually to write Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, her first picture book. Russell-Brown lives in Gainesville, Florida, with her husband and their two children. Visit her online at krbrown.net  

Pre-order your copy of LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE here and enjoy this exciting debut!


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