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Iím crying as I write this, because this loss is so huge to SCBWI Florida and all writers, really. Elaine Landau, a wonderful non-fiction writer passed away on June 29th in Miami. Elaine wrote for the school and library market and was one of the few who did not do work for hire Ė she was paid royalties. She was prolific. She claimed she lost track of how many books she had published after 300 plus.
Elaine was very well-respected. She only took on work if it came with a 3-5 book contract. When Osama Bin Laden was rising to power, she pitched books about him, so when 9-11 happened, she had a book ready to go. It sold worldwide. Elaineís book Big Cats beat out a Magic Tree House book to win the Kidís Book Award. She even had a series called ÖWith Elaine Landau featuring a cartoon Elaine that led kids through adventures!
Elaine was SCBWIís biggest booster. She did all she could to help SCBWI Florida grow and she was fabulous at critiquing. She was a good speaker, but very humble. We had her speak at our second conference which featured Judy Blume as the keynote speaker. Elaine spoke just before lunch and was so fascinating that everyone was disappointed that she cut her speech so we could go to lunch on time. She kept us all laughing. She also tried to get everyone to write non-fiction because she believed it was the way to make money in the publishing business. She held a workshop for our critique group once that directly led to one of our members receiving a 2-book contract for non-fiction books.
Elaine Landau loved helping others with their writing. She was one of my biggest boosters, and I often went to her for advice. She will be missed. In her honor, SCBWI Florida is donating $100 to the Amber Brown Fund. Iím encouraging others to make donations in her name. I know she would approve.Linda Rodriguez Bernfeld | Co-Regional Advisor
Congratulations to Augusta Scattergood! Her wonderful historical novel Glory Be won the Crystal Kite Award for Florida/Georgia/South Carolina/North Carolina/Alabama/Mississippi!
Augusta was one of the First Books Panelists at the January 2012 Florida Regional Conference!
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