Webinar 1: Carrie Pearson and Leslie Helakoski present Children’s Book Industry 101: Terms, Conventions, and How it Works

Session Description: This recorded webinar is a nuts and bolts session for writers and writer/illustrators to learn how the children’s book industry works. Topics included: standards for traditional publishing (formatting, word counts for categories, conventions, what’s pushy, what’s polite), how the industry works (role of agent vs. editor, publishing houses and what they offer, large house vs. small vs. regional), and how we get paid (advance, royalties). 

"Carrie and Leslie presented the information well. I was engrossed. I was lost in thought and surprised when Carrie announced we were at the end…"

headshot profile photo by WendyCarrie Pearson is the SCBWI-MI Co-Regional Advisor. She lives in Marquette on the shore of Lake Superior. Her writing career began with hidden notes to her mother in which requests for palomino ponies and trips to Disney World were frequent topics. In a former life, she wrote business plans and marketing material, grants and RFPs, brochures and sound bites. She even wrote and directed an impromptu funeral for a visiting dignitary. Now she happily lives in the world of children’s books. She’s been an SCBWI member since 2005 and has won two awards through this organization that have bolstered her courage. Her first two books are lyrically written nature nonfiction picture books published by Sylvan Dell Publishing. In addition to nonfiction, Carrie writes funny fiction picture books and middle grade historical fiction.

Leslie headshotModerator Leslie Helakoski is the Co-Regional Advisor for SCBWI-MI. She is a former graphic designer and copy writer which sparked her interest in combining art and text in picture books. She is the author and sometimes illustrator of eight humorous picture books — two of which have been selected as Michigan Reads! books by the State Library of Michigan — and has been a member of SCBWI since 1997. Her books Big Chickens and Big Chickens Fly the Coop received starred reviews and Woolbur was nominated for awards in 11 different states as well as being a Book Sense Hot Pick. Her newest book, Doggone Feet! was chosen by Scholastic as a best books for math in their teachers' publication. She brings a wealth of experience and industry knowledge to our region.