Friday, April 24, 2009

The CBI Clubhouse

Greetings from Colorado, where it is an absolutely lovely spring day! It's Jon Bard, your Fightin-Bookworm-in-Chief, back again with a quick weekly update about what's going on at the CBI Clubhouse.

>>> New Stuff Just Posted on the Clubhouse:

A busy week, with lots of great new goodies for you to enjoy!

** Straight Talk About Talking Animals

Since so many Fightin' Bookworms are discussing this topic on the message board, we've just posted a great article about the dos and don'ts of including talking critters in your stories.

** Video Tutorial: A Crash Course in Submitting Your Manuscript to a Publisher
Join me for a no-nonsense refresher on how to submit your manuscript to a publisher.

** Ask the Author: Dian Curtis Regan
One of the most versatile and accomplished writers in children's literature shares her advice!

** Open with a Bang! Crafting Great Beginnings
You've Got 10 Seconds to Grab an Editor's Attention. Here's How...

** The Latest Selections for the Bookworm Stimulus Plan!

We introduce the next two featured Fightin' Bookworm titles: "Jackson's Blanket" and "The

Nest That Could Fly" ...

and remember....

** The April Edition of Children's Book Insider, The Newsletter for Children's Writers, is ready to be downloaded. Follow the links on the front page of the Clubhouse to grab it.
Laura is busily working away on the May issue of CBI -- we'll let you know as soon as it's ready (Usually the 1st or 2nd of the month).

>>> Coming to the Clubhouse in the Next Week:

With so many new items posted this week, we couldn't get to everything we wanted to! So, next

week, be on the lookout for:

* The May edition of Children's Book Insider, the Newsletter for Children's Writers
* Our podcast interview with author/storyteller Dianne de Las Casas
* An all-new "Ask Laura" video
* Another vintage children's book to download!
* More great exclusive articles about the writing and submissions process.
* And more surprises!

>>> And coming very, very, very soon....


In May, we'll mark the beginning of our 20th year in
business with the commencement of something truly special --
an ongoing writing course that will take you from square one
to a publishing contract...and beyond. We'll be tying
together the newsletter, the Clubhouse and the message board
to delve deep into each step along the way. Whether you're
an absolute beginner or a seasoned pro looking to expand
your horizons, The CBI Challenge will provide an incredible
journey to success. And it's all 100% included in your CBI


>>> Fightin' Bookworm Phone Consults w/Laura!

Laura is carving out a couple of days in the next few weeks to offer personal one-on-one phone consultations with Fightin' Bookworms. You can send up to seven pages in advance -- pages
from your manuscript, cover letters, a list of questions, whatever -- and spend 30 minutes with Laura getting answers to all your questions. Then she'll send you an mp3 recording of the
whole thing! For pricing and date availability, send an e-mail to and the info will bounce right back to you.
>>>> Hot on the Message Boards
Some fascinating discussions are under way at the Fightin' Bookworm Message Board. Stop in and offer your 2 cents about these topics:

Also, remember to great message board features:

* The collaborate and connect forum, where you can organize online critique groups, develop projects and much more:

* State and region-specific forums, where you can meet Fightin' Bookworms in your home town!
Yep, the Fightin' Bookworm Board is the place to be. It's all happening now at

Time to enjoy this beautiful day, so that's it for this week.

Keep on supporting your Fellow Bookworms...and keep spreading the word about the web's coolest place for children's writers -- The CBI Clubhouse.

All the best,
Jon Bard
Fightin' Bookworm in Chief

901 Columbia Rd
Fort Collins, CO


  1. Wow. Such a mountain of info! I've been considering subscribing to his online mag and forum, but I have so many subscriptions right now, I can't utilize them all properly. I think once writers develop their craft, we're looking for more opportunities to connect with editors. And that's not usually achievable unless you attend conferences. Well - of course there's the frustrating queries.


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