My guess is that few readers of this blog will know what SCBWI PAL is. Let me introduce you. The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators recognizes certain members as Published and Listed–thus, SCBWI PAL. SCBWI states on its website that: “PAL stands for Published and Listed. These are books published by traditional publishing houses that do not charge money to authors or illustrators. Only PAL books are eligible for the Crystal Kite Awards and may be sold at SCBWI events.”
SCBWI’s Crystal Kite Award is a: “Peer-given award to recognize great books from 15 regional divisions around the world.” With Five Star Publishing being the publisher of Eagle Talons and Bear Claws, the first two books in my trilogy, The Iron Horse Chronicles, I have qualified for PAL status. Bear Claws, having been published in 2015, has been submitted for consideration for the Crystal Kite Award.
This link will take you to my Public Profile page (a portion of which is shown below) on the SCBWI website: https://www.scbwi.org/members-public/robert-murphy.
While you are on my SCBWI Public Profile page note that you can read a short bio about me and my writing. You can also click on links under my photograph in the left-hand sidebar to send me an email, visit my website/blog, or view my posting on Twitter. In the right-hand sidebar you will find my published books. By clicking on the title next to the cover illustration, you will be taken to a page for that particular book. There, you can read a synopsis, see pertinent reviews, and follow a tab to view my other book (which will become books once the third book in my trilogy is published). A “Buy the Book” box contains direct links to Amazon and Barnes & Noble where you can order the book.
Notice at the top of all pages you will find a menu bar that takes you to information on the SCBWI website. Click on the “Member Search” tab on the far right of the menu bar and you can look for books by other members of SCBWI. I am proud to have achieved PAL status with SCBWI and thank them for providing this outstanding Public Profile page.