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July 11 Meeting

Rose Cooper, Author and Illustrator of Children's Books Speaks about the Creative Process, Deadlines And Working Relationships

NCPA’s Saturday, July 11, meeting will feature a multifaceted speaker in Rose Cooper, an author and illustrator who is represented by Rosemary Stimola of the Stimola Literary Studio and published with Penguin Random House.

Rose is also the illustrator coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) Northern/Central California Region.

Cooper’s topic for NCPA will be: “The Process and Experiences of Being Both an Illustrator and Author.” It will include information on the creative process, how deadlines work, what can be expected from your working relationships, and how both the text and illustrations translate into other languages.

She will also speak about how to write a query and submit your manuscripts when illustrating your own book.

If you need help writing a query, are interested in how to submit a manuscript, have questions on being both illustrator and author, or are looking for an illustrator, she will be delivering her perspective and insight as both an illustrator and author. She will also explain how to submit a manuscript when illustrating your own book and how to write a query. In addition, she has contact with numerous illustrators at SCBWI.

Rose is also a licensed artist, and her humor greeting card line, Sketchy Chics, will be available in retail stores across the country in January 2016.

Her middle-grade series, The Blogtastic! Novels, includes the titles: Gossip From The Girls’ Room, Rumors From The Boys’ Room, and Secrets From The Sleeping Bag.

The first book was acquired by Scholastic Book Fairs. All three books have been published and translated for distribution in more than 14 countries.

Cooper’s newest book series for teens, Dead Serious, has just released the first title, I Text Dead People and her second book, The Ungrateful Dead, will be out in 2016.

This book series is based loosely on experiences from her teen years when she moved to a tiny town. Her stepdad was a mortician, her mom was a corpse cosmetician, and their house stood on cemetery grounds.

Rose currently lives in Sacramento, California, with her family and makes sure all her texts are to the living.

You can find Rose at




As a very exciting last-minute added attraction, NCPA member Danna Wilberg brought in a totally unique donation that we used as a surprise live-auction event—six boxes of eight fancy chocolate-dipped strawberries dressed in her book-covers. It appeared as though she donated six of her books, “The Red Chair” and “The Grey Door,” but the contents were edible. Very classy Danna, and those berries were delicious as well as gorgeous!. Thank you!

Well-known author of more than 133 books, Self-Pub-Guru Dan Poynter graciously donated two books.  They didn’t make it in time for the banquet, but were received in time for a quick live-auction at our May 2015 general meeting.  After a feisty bidding frenzy, Ted Witt was high bidder (Thanks,Ted!)  Those proceeds were added to the 2016 Scholarship fund.

In addition, Daniel Pastre and Ron Javor very generously donated their book sales at the banquet that evening to the Scholarship fund (extra thanks, Daniel & Ron), giving a new grand total of $745 for the NCPA 2016 Scholarship!

We’d like to hit that $1,000 mark again this year, so we’re gladly accepting all suggestions and any monetary donations to reach our goal. Only $255 to go!

Thanks everyone, for your very generous support at our 22nd NCPA Awards Banquet. I’m just sorry we had such an acoustics problem, and couldn’t hear better.  We’ll take care of that problem next year, and are working on it as I type this!

Norma Jean Thornton, 2015 NCPA Awards Banquet Co-Chair



Amy Rogers, ScienceThrillers Media  ~ (Website Package)   (916) 712-3334  
Grand Oaks Inn B&B ~ (1 Night stay + 2nd night ½ price)
PO Box 518 (21941 Buena Vista Road)
Clements, CA 95227     209 759-3453

Lodi Wine Country     Contact Name:    Mollie Bjork ~ (All day tickets for 2, Lodi Zinfest 2015)
2045 W. Turner Rd ~ Lodi, CA 95242  209-367-4727

Old Spaghetti Factory ~ (Gift Cert, Dinner for 2 up to $25)
731 Sunrise Ave
Roseville, CA   916-773-3950

Dan Poynter ~ (2 books on self-publishing)

Roaring Camp Mining Company ~ (BBQ Steak Dinner & all day Gold mining Tour)
Pine Grove, CA  

Sharif Jewelers ~ (Ladies Amethyst & Diamond Cocktail Ring ~ $400 value)
1338 Howe Ave, Sacramento, CA 95825      916-927-0542
(also stores at  (1001 K St Sacto)  &  (341 Iron Point Rd, Folsom) 

Susan Spann ~ (Basket of Japanese Teas & Sweets + 1st 2 books of Shinobi Mystery series)
Author-Attorney specialty (plus author of SHINOBI MYSTERY SERIES)

Time Tested Books ~ (Gift Cert)
1114 - 21st St
Sacramento, CA 95811 ~ 916-447-5696

Naida West ~ (Nature-History Walk led by Author & Catered Lunch)
Author & NCPA member ~ 916-985-7411   

Danna Wilberg ~ (6, boxes of 8, Fancy Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries) ~ LIVE AUCTION
NCPA member,  and author of The Red Chair & The Grey Door


2015 Scholarship Program Winner

Congratulations to Tia Jenkins! Tia is the winner of the $1000 NCPA Scholarship award this year. Tia is invited to the April 26 Awards Banquet with one guest (dinner paid by NCPA) to receive her scholarship award. As Tammy Andrews, Scholarship Chair, said in her notification to Tia: "your excellent skill and dedication to writing is what got you here. It's a privilege to help you follow your dreams."


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7418 Stock Ranch Road (near Greenback & Sylvan)
Citrus Heights, CA 95621

Meetings are held in the "Sun Terrace" room on the third floor, NOT the first floor room we have been using for the past several years.

To get to the third floor room, take the elevator that is to the left of the front desk. The Sun Terrace room is across the hallway from the elevator. Look for signs or someone to greet you and point you in the right direction.

Here are some photos (provided by our Communications Director, Ken Umbach) to help orient you (click to enlarge).

Elevator to Sun Terrace
Elevator to Sun Terrace
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 1
Sun Terrace - view 2
Sun Terrace - view 2

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