Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Monthly Meeting: Panel on Self-Publishing with P.J. Hoover, Britta Jensen & Mariya Prytula – ONLINE

Date(s) - 10/10/2020
9:30 am - 11:00 am


This monthly meeting is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. See Zoom information below.

Have you wondered about self-publishing your work, but aren’t sure where to begin?

Join us at 10am for this panel, including a traditionally-published author who also self publishes, a young adult novelist and an illustrator. All have successfully self-published books and will share the challenges and rewards of taking this route.

P.J. Hoover

P.J. Hoover

P. J. (Tricia) Hoover wanted to be a Jedi, but when that didn’t work out, she became an electrical engineer instead. After a fifteen year bout designing computer chips for a living, P. J. started creating worlds of her own.

She’s the award-winning author of The Hidden Code, a Da Vinci Code-style young adult adventure with a kick-butt heroine, and Tut: The Story of My Immortal Life, featuring a fourteen-year-old King Tut who’s stuck in middle school.

When not writing, P. J. spends time practicing kung fu, fixing things around the house, and solving Rubik’s cubes. For more information about P. J. (Tricia) Hoover, please visit her website

Britta Jensen’s debut novel Eloia Born was long-listed for the 2016 Exeter Novel Prize and reviewers are calling the book “both a dystopian narrative and a quest story; consider it a spiritual successor to Lois Lowry’s The Giver and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Village.” The sequel, Hirana’s War releases October 2020.

Britta Jensen

Many of her stories center around themes of persevering through disability, parental separation and the intersection of various cultures on new worlds. Her stories have been shortlisted for the 2017 Henshaw Press and Fiction Factory prizes and she was published in the following anthologies: Stories for Homes, volume 2 and Sakura Dreams. Britta’s plays have been performed in New York City, Japan and South Korea.

For the past sixteen years she has taught creative writing and edited books for both traditional and indie authors. She has received numerous awards, including the General Sharp Award from the US Army, for her innovative teaching of creative writing overseas with the Department of Defense Education Activity. Previously, she taught middle and high school English, Theatre and History for thirteen years. She earned her BA from Fordham University and MA at Columbia University. Friends often refer to her as a polyglot—which is a product of living for twenty-two years overseas in Japan, South Korea, and Germany before settling in Austin, Texas. She mentors writers and edits books with The Writing Consultancy, Yellowbird Editors and is adjunct faculty at St. Edwards University in the Writing & Rhetoric Department. In her spare time she dances Argentine Tango, sings and volunteers with the Relief Society, SCBWI and the Writer’s League of Texas.

Mariya Prytula

Mariya Prytula is the award winning illustrator of independently published Little Moss, Big Tree, which received a Spark Award Honor from SCBWI and many other accolades.

Since starting her career in 2016, she has illustrated four other books for private and small publishers, led fundraising and social media campaigns, and served as a local advisor for ICON9 The Illustration Conference.

Her original work has been featured in international fantasy and wildlife art collections.

The meeting will be open at 9:30am for members to connect and share news, then the panel will begin at 10am.

This monthly meeting is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. 

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The monthly meeting will be immediately followed by an Open Critique Group for SCBWI members.