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wHo can apply: YOU with your shiny SCBWI membership (Make haste to www.scbwi.org to join/renew if needed)

wHaT: $1,000.00 toward conference tuition, manuscript or portfolio critique, and a bit of mad money during your LA stay.

wHeN: Conference runs from August 2 -5, 2013

wHeRe: The Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel, Los Angeles CA

wHy: We are five very fortunate authors for children and young adults who have been generously mentored, guided and supported by a host of talented individuals. We can't think of a better way to thank them than by easing the way for others. The National Conference is a game-changer.

hOw: To enter, write at least one but no more than three haiku telling us why we should pick you for this year's conference. (A haiku is a three-line poem, featuring a total of 17 syllables: 5 in the first line, 7 in the second, and 5 again in the third.) Have some fun with this!

Email your entry to fairygodsistersink@gmail.com by April 15th. Winners will be announced on May 1st. Questions, just ask!

Please feel free to share this info with your SCBWI buddies everywhere.
Best of luck and fairy dust to you all!

Mary Hershey, Lee Wardlaw, Val Hobbs, Thalia Chaltas, Robin LaFevers

Once upon a time there were five
very lucky authors who loved writing
and publishing books for children. 
They loved it a LOT.
And they decided that the only thing
that would make them happier
was if more hardworking artists and storytellers could be as happy as they were. 
So they decided to do something about that... 

Fairy Godsisters, Ink
helps children's writers and illustrators
by providing an annual scholarship
to the SCBWI Summer Conference in Los Angeles.
rest of our mission remains TOP SECRET,
but keep an eye out for fairy dust!

FGI announces the 2012 recipient:


To learn more about the talented Fred
fAiRy gOdSiStErS, iNk,


magically yours,

thalia chaltas
valerie hobbs
mary hershey
robin la fevers
lee wardlaw


and an

EARLY 4th of JULY!

Lee Wardlaw

will read from and autograph copies of

her newest book for children:


Saturday, June 30th

2- 5 p.m.

Curious Cup Children's Book Store

929 Linden Avenue

Carpinteria, CA  93013

(805) 220-6608

Free flags, bookmarks and more!

Prizes for the best 'patriotic' costumes!

Red, White and Boom!

written by Lee Wardlaw

illustrated by Huy Voun Lee

Henry Holt BFYR/$16.99/ages 2-7

It's the Fourth of July!
Travel across the country for a city parade,
a beach picnic,
and fireworks in the park
in this celebration of the
many cultures and traditions
that make America's birthday

Lee Wardlaw

will discuss and autograph




Thursday, March 1, 2012
3:30-4:30 p.m.
Copperfield's Books  - Montgomery Village
775 Village Court
Santa Rosa, CA

Enter the 'How I Bugged My Best Friend' Contest!
Prizes and Surprises!
Goodies and Giveaways!

Please stop by and bug me...
or get a free catnip mousie for your kitty!

My not-so-random choice for Day 3 of the RAPW is...

Nathaniel Fludd - Beastologist
The Unicorn's Tale
By R. L. LaFevers

Is there no rest for the travel worn and weary? Not if you are Nathaniel Fludd, world's youngest beastologist-in-training! All Nate really wants is to track down his missing parents, but when a unicorn falls mysteriously ill, Nate's Aunt Phil makes it clear where beastologists duties lie: to the beasts who need them.

And if ministering to the beasts of the world isn't difficult enough, Nate and Aunt Phil must also keep them safe from a most villainous man who intends to do them harm. With all this taking up every last bit of his energy and time, will Nate ever find the parents he is so absolutely convinced are alive?

Random Acts of Publicity Week! Day Two

The second book I've chosen for RAPW is...

by Valerie Hobbs

available next month!

Random Acts of Publicity Week!

The first book I'd like to fuss over for RAPW is...


DISPLACEMENT - a Novel in Poems by Thalia Chaltas

Publishers Weekly said:

"...an exploration of grief, guilt and redemption,[Displacement] covers
rocky terrain both physical and mental. As pared down as the desert landscape into which Vera immerses herself, Chaltas' verse regularly surprises with economically graceful descriptions that make her settings and characters come alive."

Ages 12 and up
Viking Books

Thalia is a long-time, near-and-dear friend. Don't miss this book!

For more info about Thalia Chaltas, visit:
or her blog:

It's a Bouncing Baby Book!

It’s a Book!
101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies

Born September 1st, 2011
8 ounces
5 3/4” x 8 1/2”
Proud Mama – Lee Wardlaw
Delivery attendants: Dial Books for Young Readers
Available for viewing wherever books are sold!




My long-awaited novel '101 Ways to Bug Your Friends and Enemies' - - sequel to the award-winning books '101 Ways to Bug Your Parents' and '101 Ways to Bug Your Teacher' - - will be in bookstores September 1st!

I'll officially launch the book on Sunday, September 18th, 2-4 p.m. at Chaucer's Books in Santa Barbara, CA.

As part of the F.U.N. that afternoon, you might want to enter the 'How I Bugged My Best Friend' contest!

Or take the 'Are You a Fabulous Friend?' quiz!

Or simply nibble on ant candy!

There will be prizes and surprises...goodies and giveaways...so please stop by to help me celebrate...or just to bug me!

Visit the blog of hilarious children's book author Donna Gephart to read my article! Enter the drawing
to win an autographed copy of Won Ton: A Cat Tale Told in Haiku...and a catnip mousie!


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April 2013

A Gumball for Your Thoughts

"Sure, it's simple, writing for kids . . . . Just as simple as bringing them up." -Ursula K. LeGuin

"All I hope to say in books, all that I ever hope to say, is that I love the world." - E. B. White

"The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop." -Mark Twain

"Man is a being of self-made soul."
-Ayn Rand

Philip Pullman says that each person has a story, and that story begins the same way for all: “You find yourself in the wrong family by mistake. We’re all princes and princesses in exile. Then we begin to discover the world around us.”

“Don't you wish you had a job like mine? All you have to do is think up a certain number of words! Plus, you can repeat words! And they don't even have to be true!” -Dave Barry

"And the day came when the risk it took to remain tight inside the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom" -Anais Nin

“Cats are dangerous companions for writers because cat watching is a near-perfect method of writing avoidance." -Dan Greenburg

"There is a vitality, a life-force, an energy, a quickening that is translated through you into action, and because there is only one of you in all of time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and be lost."
- Martha Graham

"I would rather have the
two-hundred and fifty-six
imperfect books that mark the vectors of my journey through my art form than to have one perfect book that marks nothing
but its own perfect self." -Barry Moser

“You have to write whichever book it is that wants to be written. And then, if it’s going to be too difficult for grownups, you write it for children.”
—Madeleine L’Engle

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