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October 19--Critique Meet with illustrator/author Mike DeSantis at Barnes & Noble in Fairlawn, 10 am - noon
LOCATION: Barnes and Noble, 4015 Medina Road, Akron, Ohio 44333
TIME: 10:00am – 12:00pm
opens on September 1st and is a first come, first served
basis. SCBWI members have priority until September 19th.
Limited to 20 submissions – attendance is not limited.
Mike DeSantis prefers to critique picture book text and/or
illustrations. All projects must be received by October 2nd to
to be reviewed before the meeting. (Note –
Deadline is firm. Nothing will be accepted after date above.)
Please note: at the time you RSVP, you will need to note if you
are pre-submitting or not.
A few days before the critique meeting we will have a good idea on how
many copies to bring (optional) and will email that information
(if you are reading). They will be returned to you at the
If you are reading and have secured a spot: Send
4 pages (4 pages MAX) - double-spaced for text (standard 1" format) –
in Microsoft Word (no other formats, please) to me at
Please note: Mike is
not doing a line edit or written critique. These pre-submissions allow
him to have ample time to review your work to better advise you on
improving the project.
BIO: Mike DeSantis creates
puzzles and illustrations for children's books and magazines. He
attended the Cleveland Institute of Art and received a BS in Management
from Case Western Reserve University. Mike lives near Cleveland
with his wife, three wonderful children, and two barking dogs.
Samples of his work can be found at www.MikeDeSantis.com.
November 16--Marrying Creativity and Business with Carol Topp, CPA and Steven Grant, Sr. Attorney
this paneled session, learn valuable tools from professionals on how to
navigate through the “business” side of writing and illustrating.
Registration is now open - see https://www.regonline.com/marryingcreativityandbusiness for more information and to register.
TIME: 9:00am – 12:00pm – Refreshments will be provided. *Event includes both Presenters and will not be separated.
Holiday Inn STRONGSVILLE (please note - this IS NOT at Independence),
15741 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH 44139 www.histrongsville.com
Member - $56.00, Non-member - $66.00. Additional
Consultation by Carol Topp, CPA - limited to 6 @ $20.00
Registrations will be processed on a
first-come, first-received basis. Northern Ohio SCBWI is not
responsible for non-received items. Registration begins on
October 1, 2013 and ends November 6, 2013. No REFUNDS after
November 6, 2013.
Speaker: Carol Topp, CPA, will cover the subjects below:
hopes that writers see themselves as business owners. Through her
presentation, attendees will better understand the business and tax
terms they hear. They will also gain some practical ideas on how a blog
or social media can be used. Supplies needed – bring a
highlighter, paper, pen/pencil, and laptop (full battery).
- “Business Structures for Writers”: Understanding your choices using pictures
- How to read and understand a tax form
- Easy record keeping for people who hate numbers
- Marketing: What works for one author
- Social Media: Can we avoid it? Creating a Blog for your writing life
Services offered: Carol has offered to do up to 6 private
consultations after the event. This consultation will allow an
author to bring their record keeping or tax return (or questions and/
or other related business paperwork) and receive tips and advice from a
professional. This consultation will allow for “more” private
questions on taxes or record keeping that one may not want to discuss
or ask in a Q & A session. Each consultation will be 20
minutes and a charge of $20.00.
If interested – register for this additional option where noted on the registration.
Biography: Carol Topp, CPA (http://TaxesForWriters.com and http://CarolToppCPA.com) is an author and accountant specializing in tax
preparation, small/micro business accounting, and nonprofit accounting.
Through her writing, speaking, and consulting, Carol
converts tax rules and business language into clear, easy-to-understand English
for readers. She is the is the author several books including Business Tips and Taxes for Writers, the
Micro Business for Teens series, Homeschool Co-ops: How to Start Them, Run
Them and Not Burn Out.
Carol is a
member of the Ohio Society of CPAs Speakers Bureau and has presented numerous
workshops on money management, business start up, taxes, and budgeting to
various writers groups and community organizations.
born and raised in Wisconsin and graduated from Purdue University with a BS in
Engineering. She worked for the US Navy as a cost analyst before obtaining her
CPA license in 2000. Carol lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with her husband and two
daughters where she enjoys walking, traveling, good conversations with friends
***Speaker: Stephen Grant, Senior Attorney,
will focus on legal issues facing writers and illustrators in today’s
rapidly changing publishing industry. This presentation will be a
freeform manner so that the group can get as advanced in the topic as
the attendees are prepared to get. Stephen is particularly
interested in how writers and illustrators are compensated. No
supplies needed – paper, pen/pencil or laptop (full battery) for
Stephen Grant received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical
Engineering from The Ohio State University and his Juris Doctorate (cum
laude) from the University of Akron. Steve is admitted to the practice
of law in Ohio, before the United States Patent and Trademark Office,
the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and
the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. Stephen is a member of the Ohio
State Bar Association. He is also a member of the Columbus Intellectual
Property Law Association, where he served as president in 2007-08 and
is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association Intellectual Property Law
Section council. He has over twenty years of experience in intellectual
property law practice.
Prior to law school, Steve spent over ten
years with The Standard Oil Company of Ohio, where he had a number of
corporate positions, including research, human resources, business
planning and technical procurement. He is an inventor of two United
Steve has been a frequent speaker at
conferences and continuing legal education seminars, especially in the
area of copyrights. He is currently an adjunct professor at Capital
University Law School and the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State
University. He has taught as an adjunct law professor at the University
of Akron and Ohio Northern University. He has taught classes in
copyright, patent, intellectual property and art law.
is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars and at
seminars on intellectual property subjects directed at writers, artists
and inventors. He has written several articles on intellectual property
topics for the Ohio State Bar Association.
Steve focuses his
practice on the preparation and prosecution of chemical, mechanical and
medical patents, copyrights and trademarks. He has particular
experience in the prosecution in the United States of patent
applications originating in Europe and Canada, as well as in the
prosecution of foreign patents under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. For
more information view www.standleyllp.com
We've had a great year so far with presentations on a wide
topics. A special thanks to the four authors who agreed to serve as
moderators for our critique meets this year. We look forward to topping
off the year with our 11th annual conference in September.
- January 19--Critique Meet with Author Mary Ryan
- March 2--Speaker meet with Charles Colman (combined Feb/Mar meeting): THE MAGIC OF PUBLICATION:
A Personal Story of Two Paths Taken
- March 18 (or as determined by class members) - Soup to Nuts! Creating a Children's Book from Scratch with Sandra Philipson
- April 20--Critique meet with author Judith Irvin-Kuns at Parma Heights Library
- May 3-5--Midwest conference, Fort Wayne, IN
- June 15 - Akron Art Museum Field Trip
- June 22 - Summer Progressive Writer’s Retreat with Laurie Lazzaro Knowlton
- July 20 - Critique meet with Author Joan Arbogast
- August 17 - No More Excuses...Time Management for Writers with Carole Calladine
- September 20-21--11th Annual Conference at Sheraton Cleveland Airport Hotel
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