Deadline Looming for 2018 SCBWI-WI Mentorship

Silvia Acevedo - Mentor for Wisconsin's Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators

Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo is a 2018 Wisconsin-Society of Children’s Book Authors and Illustrators-Mentor. Hurry, aspiring writers and illustrators. You have just 18 days to apply for the mentorship.  The deadline is November 30, 2017, and this is an opportunity not to be missed. Acevedo will work with an author of middle grade or young adult work who’s interested in self-publishing.

For application details, follow the guidelines on this online application form and email the requested documents to wisconsin-ra@scbwi.org by November 30th.

Best of luck to applicants.

Playing at the SCBWI-WI Fall Retreat

Author Silvia Acevedo presents at the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators in Wisconsin

We at Three Points Publishing highly suggest that creative people attend conferences, workshops, and events to connect with like-minded spirits and feed their creative journeys. If you find yourself falling into a rut or saying, meh, your work is good enough or, worse, you allow corrosive thoughts could creep in and poison the creative well, we suggest you connect with other creative types to rekindle your creative spark.

Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo presented at Wisconsin’s Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators‘ Fall Retreat, a conference with a theme this year to “experiment and play,” to battle stifling routine. Acevedo gave three presentations: how to turn your story off kilter  through an unreliable narrator; how to bring back the thrill of creating; and using art as inspiration.

Acevedo worked attendees through writing prompts…

Writing, writing, writing

Writing, writing, writing

… and led an open, dynamic talk on banishing the blahs. Co-presenter Melissa Gorzelanczek also inspired everyone during her talks and came up with the idea of Journey Stones. Acevedo designed one hundred of them.

YES to your journey. YES to challenges. YES to bravery. The attendees loved them.

Journey Stones

Journey Stones

Acevedo’s final presentation with author Valerie Biel highlighted ways that art inspires art, incorporating literature, visual arts, music, theater, and dance. Acevedo was in her element referencing mythology to her God Awful Series of Books. Here are photos she shared: hanging out with Cupid at the Milwaukee Art Museum and  imitating Bacchus, the god of theatre and wine, at the Louvre.

Silvia with Cupid and Bacchus

Silvia with Cupid and Bacchus

Acevedo also made a memento: crocheted bookworms to crawl their way into someone’s heart.

Silvia’s Bookworm Bookmarks

Silvia’s Bookworm Bookmarks

Heaps o’ Books for Hurricane Relief

For the third straight year, Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo has taken part in Wisconsin’s Novel Cuisine Luncheon put on by Author Liza Weimer and Blogger Heidi Zweifel. The luncheon brings literary types together to dine on book-inspired foods but also to collect and donate books to organizations in need. The recipients of donated books typically include classroom libraries and women’s shelters, offering the traumatized children there a desperately needed diversion. This year, books collected also went to areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

The awe-inspiring gathering of community-minded authors, publishing professionals, teachers, librarians, book club organizers, bookstore associates, and bloggers donated and shared hundreds of books. Three Points Publishing is gratified to know that our small contribution to this cause will bring someone a moment of relief in truly trying times.

Here are some photos of the 6th annual event. We hope you enjoy them. A special thanks goes to the event organizers and volunteers for taking on such a worthy cause.

Author donors at the Novel Cuisine Luncheon

Author donors at the Novel Cuisine Luncheon

A small sampling of the hundreds of books donated at Novel Cuisine Luncheon 2017

A small sampling of the hundreds of books donated at Novel Cuisine Luncheon 2017

5th-annual-author-luncheon-2017Such talent in this room. Novel Cuisine 2017

Such talent in this room. Novel Cuisine 2017

Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo with Author Liza Wiemer, event co-organizer

Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo with Author Liza Wiemer, event co-organizer

TODAY IS RELEASE DAY for Fantasy Art Workshop’s “Oil Painting Techniques” Video

Fantasy Art Workshop's Oil Painting Techniques DVDThree Points Publishing is thrilled. Today is the official release day of Fantasy Art Workshop’s Oil Painting Techniques DVD. This video is our second successful feature-length instructional set to hit the market. It’s getting great reviews, and I’m honored that the first video (the Workshop’s Acrylic Painting Techniques) is not only highly recommended by Video Librarian, but it’s also award-winning, having won ImagineFX Magazine’s lauded Artist’s Choice award.

So, why is it garnering such nice attention? Because artist, creator, and video host Jeff Miracola so generously shares his knowledge. Miracola’s got more than 23 years in the fantasy art industry working for the biggest entertainment names. His YouTube channel as more than 65 videos, 31,000 subscribers, and 1.4 million views. The feature-length DVDs/Digital Downloads came to be because people wanted more. Three Points Publishing delivered; Miracola by showing the world his form of magic, and Silvia Acevedo as videographer and occasional disembodied voice / cameo artist.

If you are an artist or have an artist in your life, we invite you to check out the series. You can read reviews on Amazon for the Oil Techniques here and the Acrylic Techniques here. We’re honored that our work has taught and inspired others.

Please check them out and remember: Draw, Paint, and Always Create! 😉

Captivating Literary Weekend

Author Silvia Acevedo with attendees of her presentation at the Wisconsin State Reading Association

Enjoying the presentation

Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo spent the latter part of this week presenting with the Wisconsin State Reading Association, a literary organization. Their concerned with how parents and teachers teach reading, how to help students strengthen their reading skills, and making our society well read.

Acevedo says literacy is a cause dear to her heart. “I taught my children to read at an early age, and I feel that literacy skills are absolutely vital to success. I was honored to present at the association.” She and three Points Publishing also donated 100 books to established and/or fledgling school book clubs.

Below are some pictures of the event. If you like the idea of encouraging literacy, consider supporting your local literacy agency with a financial gift or a donation of your books or time.

Hopefuls Awaiting the Draw of Silvia Acevedo's book giveaway at the Wisconsin State Reading Association

Hopefuls Awaiting the Draw

Winning the draw at Silvia Acevedo's book giveaway at the Wisconsin State Reading Association

Whoo hoo! I won!

Silvia Acevedo and other authors signing at the Wisconsin State Reading Association

Three Points Publishing Author Silvia Acevedo (second from the right) among other Wisconsin Authors at the Wisconsin State Reading Association

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