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Children's Picture Book Author Henry Herz presents in April 2018

Henry Herz writes fantasy and science fiction for children. He will discuss the process of writing for children in general and writing picture books in particular. He will compare the advantages of indie and traditional publishing. Henry will also address process questions, such as establishing an author brand, obtaining an agent, and submitting to publishers.

Henry is one of the two backups for Jonathan Maberry's Writers Coffeehouse held the first Sunday of each month from noon until 3:00 p.m. at Mysterious Galaxy. He is represented by Deborah Warren of East/West Literary Agency. He and his sons wrote the following:


Coming up in 2018 and 2019:

  • Good Egg & Bad Apple (Schiffer, 2018),
  • How The Squid Got Two Long Arms (Pelican, 2018),
  • Alice's Magic Garden (Familius, 2018),
  • Two Pirates + One Robot (Kane Miller, 2019), and
  • Sherlock Chick & Bunny Watson (Pelican, 2019).


Henry and his sons have also indie-published four children’s books. Nimpentoad reached #1 in Kindle Best Sellers large print sci-fi & fantasy, and was featured in Young Entrepreneur, Wired GeekDad, and CNN. Beyond The Pale featured short stories by award-winning and New York Times bestselling authors Saladin Ahmed, Peter S. Beagle, Heather Brewer, Jim Butcher, Rachel Caine, Kami Garcia, Nancy Holder, Gillian Philip & Jane Yolen, and reached #2 in Amazon Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Anthologies.

Henry is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI). He participates in literature panels at a variety of conventions, including San Diego Comic-Con and WonderCon. Henry reviews children’s books for the San Francisco Book Review and the San Diego Book Review.

In April, Henry will begin offering indie publishing services (details here).
Our Marketing Support Group meetings will return in January. The group meets at 5:30 p.m., ahead of our regular meetings, in the same room at the San Diego Health Services Center.

We meet at the San Diego County Health Services Center, 3851 Rosecrans, San Diego, CA 92110.

Note: The Marketing Support Group will meet at 5:30 p.m., before the regular meeting. Anyone interested in sharing or learning about marketing tips is welcome to attend.

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* Speakers Bureau – professionals are available for presentations to groups in San Diego County. Topics include creative and non-fiction writing and marketing published work.
* Manuscript Review – members may submit up to 30 pages of a novel, short fiction or memoir for evaluation/critique by the Guild's Recommendation Committee. An SDWEG rating is assigned which can be used when contacting agents, editors, and publishers.
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