E komo mai [Welcome]!

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Aloha and welcome to SCBWI Hawaii!

As a new member of our region, you are welcomed into a vibrant group dedicated to supporting our island community of children’s book writers and illustrators. The website and emails will inform you about upcoming events and opportunities. Members get reduced rates to SCBWI workshops, webinars, retreats and conferences. Free member events include critique meetings, mini-presentations that cover different aspects of our craft and business and socials

Where to start:

Go to www.scbwi.org and log on as a member. Update your profile with a photo, bio, publications, illustrations and any other information you would like other members to know.

To receive the emails that we send to all members of our region, be sure the email address listed in your profile is current. (Please add hawaii@scbwi.org to your “Safe Senders” list so our emails aren’t mistakenly sent to your spam folder.) You can view our archived SCBWI Hawaii News at https://hawaii.scbwi.org/members-only/scbwi-hawaii-news-archive/Important! Log into the website to view past issues.


The Book: The Essential Guide to Publishing for Children includes essential information about formatting, submitting, querying, and writing a synopsis. Also includes information about market surveys and promoting your book.

Publishing Industry Updates: Editors, art directors and agents–follow who's who in the industry. Updated in full twice a year.

Resource Library Access our Bulletin, Podcasts and Master Classes. Be sure to download the 2015 SCBWI The Book, which is filled with information about preparing and submitting your work, market surveys, agent directory and resources, publicizing your work and more: https://www.scbwi.org/online-resources/the-book/the-book-member-download/

SCBWI's Blueboard (https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php) is a message and chat board where members can explore and participate in threads relating to all aspects of children's literature: contracts, marketing, web tech, manuscript and portfolio critiques and more! Check it out and stay connected…and make sure to review the basic Blueboard rules.

Ask A Lawyer Board is a service provided by SCBWI where a lawyer is available to ask your legal questions about writing and illustrating related issues, such as publishing contracts, agency agreements and other legal issues dealing with the publication industry. In the past this has been available only to PAL (published and listed) SCBWI members. It is now available to ALL SCBWI members. Be sure to check out all topics on this board before asking your question, as it may have already been asked and answered–duplicate or inappropriate questions may be deleted or moved without notice. Please DO NOT abuse this service by asking frivolous or inappropriate questions. This is an amazingly helpful service provided by SCBWI and the lawyer, Linda Joy Kattwinkel, deserves your total respect and consideration: https://www.scbwi.org/boards/index.php?topic=77647.0


SCBWI Website Training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bZwqggINZIg

Welcome to SCBWI: explore the benefits of membership https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OdgH2DsAf0

SCBWI FAQs about the organizations and the children’s publishing industry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-JArYOB89so



SCBWI Hawaii on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/scbwi.hawaii.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SCBWIHawaii Let us know you’re a Hawaii member and what you’re working on right now and we’ll follow you back!


If you’re published, make sure you include your books in the Bookstore. If you do school visits, make sure you’re listed in the Speaker’s Bureau. And if you’re an illustrator, put your work in the Illustrators Gallery. Go here to find out how. And be sure to share good news about new book releases or publications. SCBWI also hosts Book Launch Parties, a special forum for SCBWI members to publicize, promote and sell their books. For a $25 fee, you can purchase a page, design and individualize it yourself, populate it with photos, videos, reviews and even a contest. Your page will put forward what you'd like viewers to know about your book. Every launch page will feature a "Buy" button where viewers can connect to Amazon, Indie Bound or your website to buy the book.

Looking forward to meeting you at an upcoming event!

Mahalo nui loa,


Kirsten Carlson
SCBWI Hawaii
Regional Advisor