SCBWI Eastern NY Regional presents the
First Things First: First Pages Event
Saturday, March 10, 2012
St. James Church 4526 Albany Post Road, Hyde Park, NY 12538 12 pm to 4 pm
Ever wonder what an editor really thinks about your manuscript? More importantly, your first page? If you have, here’s your chance to find out. Our panel consists of two editors and one agent. This conference will be limited to the first 50 registrants.
Molly O’Neill is an editor at Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Children’s Books. She seeks vivid stories, original voices, and manuscripts with a strong sense of place or that ask interesting “what if” questions—in short, the kind of books that keep readers thinking and imagining, long after the last page. She publishes picture books, middle grade, and YA novels: recent projects include New York Times bestseller Divergent by Veronica Roth; A Dog’s Way Home by Bobbie Pyron; A Christmas Goodnight by Nola Buck and Sarah Jane Wright, and the forthcoming Insignia, by S. J. Kincaid. You can follow her on Twitter (@molly_oneill) or visit her editorial blog: http://10blockwalk.blogspot.com
Lynne Polvino has been with Clarion Books, an imprint of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, for thirteen years. She edits a wide range of projects, from picture books and poetry to fiction and nonfiction, for infants through grade twelve. The authors and illustrators she works with include Gary Golio and Javaka Steptoe, creators of the New York Times bestselling and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award-winning title Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow, A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix; Eileen Christelow, creator of the wildly popular Five Little Monkeys series; renowned children’s poet Marilyn Singer; and the novelists Kersten Hamilton, Kate Milford, and Robert T. Jeschonek. Prior to her arrival atClarion, Lynne worked for several years at a small literary agency. She also plays bass in a children’s publishing-themed band called The Effin’Gs.
John Rudolph joined Dystel & Goderich in 2010 after twelve years as an acquiring children’s book editor. He began his career at Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers as an Editorial Assistant and then moved to G. P. Putnam’s Sons imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group, where he eventually served as Executive Editor on a wide range of young adult, middle-grade, nonfiction, and picture book titles. Along the way he had the pleasure of working with such authors and illustrators as Pete Seeger, Tomie dePaola, Jan Brett, Pete Hautman, Padma Venkatraman, Brenda Woods, Phil Bildner, E.B. Lewis and S.D. Schindler. He is currently looking to build a roster of clients across the children’s book spectrum and is always eager to discover fresh new voices and highly original stories regardless of category, though he’s probably best known as a “boy book” kind of guy.
Directions to St. James Church
From Rt. 9 and the Mid-Hudson Bridge, travel approximately 7 miles north on Rt. 9. St. James Church will be on your right.
Amtrak and Metro North trains stop at the Poughkeepsie train station. Consult the local directory for taxi information.
Refund Policy: Cancellation must be in writing and postmarked by January 31, 2012.
First Page Submission Guidelines
First page must be typed, double-spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt. font, with one-inch margins. Title and genre only. No name or address on the page. Only one page may be submitted per registrant. If multiple first pages are submitted, the shorter one will be accepted as the submission.
Event Registration Registration deadline is February 10, 2012
Event Hours Registration will start at 11:45 am. Event will start at 12 pm promptly. This is a timed event. Please arrive early enough so that you can be registered and seated. If you are late, you may miss the critique of your first page. Remember there are no names on the first page, only a title.
Registration Form: First Things First: First Pages Event March 10, 2012
Name_________________________________________________ Address_______________________________________________ City_______________________ State___________ Zip________ County________________________________________________ Email_________________________________________________ Phone_________________________________________________
Registration fee: $40 SCBWI Member $50 Non-Member
Registration form and fee: $ _________ Make checks payable to: SCBWI Eastern NY Mail to: Karen Orloff, 19 Buroak Drive, Hopewell Jct., NY 12533 Remember to include your first page submission along with your check. Light snacks will be provided.
For questions: contact Karen Orloff (845) 896-8038 or email Val at