Monday, February 21, 2011

Five Published Book Ends All in a Row!

Cole Gibsen, Jonathan Schkade, Louann Brown, Nancy Stewart, Jeff Weigel

Book Ends, my southern Illinois chapter of SCBWI (Society of Children's Bookwriters and Illustrators) have some great news to share.

The five of us pictured here have recently had manuscripts sold to mainstream publishers.  Several of the books are already in publication.

Cole Gibsen's book, "Katana," is a young adult urban fantasy novel with elements of action, romance and

comedy. It is to be published by Flux Press in the spring of 2012.  Cole's web site is:   Her blog site is:

Jonathan Schkade's most recent books, "Icky, Sticky, Hairy Scary Bible Stories" and "The Father's Easter Story," were released in January, 2011 by Concordia Publishing.  Jonathan is a former teacher and copy editor.  His web site is:

Louann Brown's book, "How to Make Spectacular Halloween Costumes," was released in January, 2011 by Capstone Press.  Louann is a retired art teacher from the Southwestern School District in Piasa, IL.

Nancy Stewart's series of children's books, published by Guardian Angel Publishing, will be released in 2011.  "One Pelican at a Time," to be released in February, is the first US children's book to address the Deepwater Horizon oil spill of 2010.  Her other two books in the series are, "Sea Turtle Summer" and "Bella Saves the Beach."  Nancy's web site is:   Her blog address is:

Jeff Weigel is both author and illustrator of "Thunder from the Sea:  The Adventures of Jack Hoyton and the H.M.S. Defender," a graphic novel for upper elementary school readers.  It was published by GP Putman in May, 2010.  Jeff's web site is:

And this is just part of the gang!  This group of writers collaborate, critique in a constructive manner and is supportive at all times.  As I said in a previous post, I don't make a literary move without them!
For those of you who'd like to know more about SCBWI, here is the link:


  1. Awesome news. Congratulations to all of you.


  2. Nice touch to get a photo of the five of you, Nancy---and in a bookstore, no less. Congrats to all.

  3. Nancy,

    Thanks for sharing this great news. You all are very blessed to have such a strong support for each other. Very impressive indeed!
    Nicole Weaver

  4. This is wonderful. People will be beating down the door to get in your group.

    J. Aday Kennedy
    The Differently-Abled Writer & Speaker
    Children's Author of Klutzy Kantor & Marta's Gargantuan Wings

  5. Congratulations again and again - 5 times! I'm so happy for everyone. I'll be sure to visit each website, too. Thanks for sharing.

  6. Wow, very impressive! Congratulations to you all!

  7. Wow, Congrats to all- What a sweep-
    Kit Grady

  8. Many thanks to you all for your kind words. I speak for the five of us in saying your support means the world!

  9. Thank you so much for this lovely article, Nancy. As well as your support. We really do have the best group. :D

  10. Very Cool! I am so happy for you all. Having a great critique group is everything. I confidently expect the other three members of Pen and Ink to be published soon. Hilde talks about her journey in her newest post. She has an agent now. Lupe's book is with an agent. Kris has been writing some truly funny picture books and I am still slogging away at Tasha. Soon it will go out and begin it's journey.
    When I hear of a group like yours with all its successes, I feel great. Thanks for sharing