SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar Series – Registration Page

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/16/2014 - 05/15/2014
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Category(ies)


Course descriptions are listed below. Scroll to the bottom of the page to register. 

Session 1 on 1/16/14  — Children's Book Industry 101: Industry Standards, Conventions and How the Industry Works with Carrie Pearson, moderated by Leslie Helakoski (This live webinar was awesome! If you missed it, you can still register for it and, baring unforeseen circumstances, within 24 hours you will receive a recorded version complete with chat session, resource handout, and Q&A!) 

Session Description: This is a nuts and bolts session for writers and writer/illustrators to learn how the children’s book industry works. Topics include: 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). Session includes Q&A and a handout. 7 – 8PM EST  

 

Session 2 on 2/27/14 Put Your Best Foot Forward with Monica Harris (cover vs. query, synopsis, blurb and pitch – how they are different and how to write them so agents and editors will beg to see your pages) (This live webinar was awesome, too! If you missed it, you can still register for it and, baring unforeseen circumstances, within 24 hours you will receive a recorded version complete with chat session, resource handout, and Q&A!) 

Session Description: Once you’ve produced a tightly written, intriguing story, it’s time to introduce it to the publishing world. During this session, we will be focus on how make your work intriguing to industry professionals.  Topics will include:

* Query letters – What is a query letter?  What is its purpose?  How to create one that will excite editors/agents and have them begging to see your work.

* Cover letters – How is this different than a query letter?  What is appropriate to include? What is not?  We will look at how to present yourself and your work professionally. 7 – 8PM EST

 

Session 3 on 3/27/14 –Find the Right Fit with Harold Underdown (how to research and get in the door with the right agent, editor, and/or publishing house for your work)

Session Description: What do you do when you send out a manuscript? Ask a writer friend for the names of some good publishers? Blast it out to every publishing company and agent listed in your market guide?

Those approaches may not be the best way to do what you want to do – which is to “find the right fit” and send your manuscript or query only to those agents or publishers most likely to be interested. Mr. Underdown will provide a market overview to orient participants and describe how to gather information all the time, so you won’t have to stop to research when you finish a manuscript. He'll point you to the best information sources, discuss conferences and conventions, and share techniques for analyzing publishers’ catalogs. He’ll also lay out submission rules and etiquette and give insights into what editors and agents like and don’t like. There are no guarantees in publishing, and your writing will still have to be good enough, but following these “best practices” will at least give you a better chance of landing an agent or contract. 7 – 8PM EST

 

Session 4  on 4/24/14Authors as Entrepreneurs: Surviving (and Thriving) the Publishing Revolution with Julie Hedlund (tools and skills needed to create a thriving business from writing)

Session Description: While the storm-cloud of changes in the publishing industry continue to swirl around us, one thing is certain. In order to succeed as an author or illustrator in the 21st century, you must be an entrepreneur. Whether you plan to traditionally publish, self-publish, e-publish, or take a hybrid approach, you must advocate for yourself and your work. You need to find a community and build an audience. Having an author platform is important, but it is not enough. You need to treat your books and your writing as a business. In this webinar, children's author Julie Hedlund will show you the tools and skills you need to create a thriving business from your writing. You will come away feeling empowered and inspired to achieve your writing business goals. Better yet, you will realize that doing so is NOT scary, will NOT take all of your writing time away, and is creative and FUN! 7 – 8PM EST

 

Session 5 on 5/15/14: Everything in Its Right Place with literary agent, Sean McCarthy (an acquiring agent's perspective on the market, choosing your most viable projects, missteps to avoid, how to make your work rise to the top). Mr. McCarthy is also offering critiques to the first 35 member registrant of the first 1000 words of a picture book or first ten pages of a novel. An additional 40 critiques will be available with acquiring literary agent, Anna Olswanger. Update: critiques with Mr. McCarthy are now full. There are limited critique slots available with Ms. Olswanger. If Ms. Olswanger's slots fill, additional critiques will be provided by Literary Agent, Linda Epstein. Critiques opportunities will be filled by a first come, first served-basis. Requests for a particular agent are not allowed.

Session Description:This one hour presentation including Q & A will give a broad overview on a successful, acquiring agent's perspective to crafting a long-term career in children's publishing across genres, including some deal-breaker missteps to avoid along the way. Mr. McCarthy will speak about market conditions, how to determine viable projects, and read between the lines on responses and rejections. He will describe how to make your work rise to the top in the face of the high volume agents deal with, discuss the importance of connections in this industry, and share ways to target your submissions to increase your possibility of success. 7 – 8PM EST

 

TO REGISTER:

Click the links below to register for each webinar. Unless you register for the full webinar series, you will need to register for each webinar individually. This is because our system sees each webinar as a separate event. Go ahead! It will be worth the extra minute or two!

Full Webinar Series: From Manuscript to Submission

Webinar 1: Children's Book Industry 101: Industry Standards, Conventions and How the Industry Works

Webinar 2: Put Your Best Foot Forward with Monica Harris

Webinar 3: Find the Right Fit with Harold Underdown

Webinar 4: Authors as Entrepreneurs: Surviving (and Thriving) the Publishing Revolution with Julie Hedlund

Webinar 5: Everything in Its Right Place with Literary Agent, Sean McCarthy (and critique)

If you have registered and paid for a webinar, you will receive an email on the morning of the event with instructions on how to enter the virtual classroom. The email will be sent to the email address you used when registering. See you soon!

 

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