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Kite Tales Newsletter

Kite Tales is a free online newsletter published by the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators.


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Regular Features in KITE TALES Include:

  • Writer's Perspective - Articles on the craft and business of writing for children.
  • Illustrator's Perspective - Articles for illustrators of children's books.
  • Agent's/Editor's Perspective - Periodical interviews with agents and editors presenting at SCBWI-L.A. events.
  • Profiles - of local illustrators and authors . . . and much more!

Regular Columns Include:

  • Great News & Toot Your Horn - member publication triumphs.
  • Bulletin Board - Schmooze news, classes, workshops, conferences.
  • News from the Internet - interesting websites . . . and much more!

To place an advertisement in KITE TALES:

Contact kitetaleseditor (at) gmail (dot) com
Ads must be submitted in .pdf or .jpg format 300 dpi preferred.
Link to your website at no extra charge
Ad costs are for one calendar year (4 issues) as follows:
Business card size: 3.5”w x 2”h = $30
1/4 page: 3.5”w x 3.75”h = $60
1/2 page: 7”w x 3.75”h = $90
Full page: 7”w x 8”h = $120


Each issue of the newsletter can be downloaded to your computer for reading at your leisure without having to go online every time you want to look at it.

  • Go to the website and open the desired issue of KITE TALES on your computer.
  • Click on 'File' in the menu at the top of the screen.
  • Click on 'Save as' from the drop-down menu and save the file where you want it on your computer.
  • You can now access that issue without having to go online again and can print pages of your choice if you prefer to read hard-copy or would like to save an interesting article for reference.
  • Questions? E-mail me at kitetaleseditor (at) gmail (dot) com

NOTE: All issues of KITE TALES are in Adobe Acrobat pdf format. You must have Adobe Reader on your computer to view the newsletter. You can download it FREE by clicking here.

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Winter Oct. 15 Dec. 1
Spring Jan. 15 Mar. 1
Summer April 15 June 1
Fall July 15 Sept. 1

In time, we will build an archive of articles sorted by topics and levels (basic or advanced).

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To receive e-mail notifications of when a new issue of KITE TALES goes online:
  • Send an e-mail to: No subject or note required.
  • You will receive an e-mail with a website link.
  • Click on this link.
  • It will take you to a page with the welcome announcement for the site.
  • You will see two options: A big blue button that says "Join This Group" and at the bottom of the page a link in blue that says "join the mailing list instead."
  • Click on this SECOND link at the bottom of the page, "join the mailing list instead." That's it. You will then be signed onto the mailing list.
  • You can unsubscribe from the list anytime you like by sending an e-mail to:
  • It's simple, it's quick, and if you ever need help or have questions, e-mail
  • Visit the mailing list at:

To receive a printed copy of KITE TALES by snail mail even though it is free at this web page:

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Read Articles from Past Editions of Kite Tales:

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For info about all other SCBWI Regional newsletters, go to and click on Regional Newsletters in the left side column.

To read those SCBWI newsletters that are free online, go to:

California North Central - The Acorn

Rocky Mountain - Kite Tales

Dakotas -

Hawaii - Trade Winds (sample articles)

Kansas - In the wind Click here: 06 In the Wind.pdf

Mid-South - BorderLines

New Jersey - Sprouts

New Mexico - News messenger

Eastern Pennsylvania - Penn & Ink

Australia & New Zealand - Fine lines

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