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Webinar - Senior Editor Naomi Kirsten of Chronicle Books this Sat. Feb 23rd

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Picturing Your Next Picture Book, from Proposal through Publication
with Chronicle Books Senior Editor Naomi Kirsten

Registration ends 8:00 AM MST Sat. February 23rd
Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm Mountain Standard Time
$15 for Members, $30 for Non-members
This event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those that register for one month after the event.
Naomi is also critiquing manuscripts and illustrator portfolios in conjunction with our region wide Great Critique event in April. More details on purchasing a critique here.
Webinar attendees will be able to submit to Naomi after the webinar. Submission instructions will be e-mailed to attendees after the event.

To register for the webinar:
— Register and pay on the bottom of this page with
— Approx. one week before the webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing the link to the webinar.
— Approx. one hour before the webinar, you will receive a reminder e-mail containing another link to the webinar. (So don't worry if you misplace the first e-mail.)
— Click on the webinar link to sign on live.
— If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay after the event. The replay will be available for one month following the event.

Webinar Summary:
How do you increase your chances of getting published? It helps to have a strong manuscript, a compelling pitch, and, yes, a window into an editor’s thought process. This content-rich webinar will tackle all three of these considerations and more, guiding attendees through the development of a successful picture book pitch all the way through the development process en route to publication, giving illuminating glimpses into what a children’s book editor is thinking along the way. During this two-hour webinar, Naomi Kirsten will also walk webinar attendees through select picture books that she has developed with authors and illustrators at Chronicle Books.

Webinar objectives:
— Gain a deeper understanding of the acquisition process. What is Chronicle Books looking for when considering a picture book manuscript?
— Walk through the publication process once a picture book manuscript is acquired by a publisher like Chronicle Books.
— Undertake a deep dive of three published picture books, from the original pitch through the development process to publication.
— Unpack key Children’s book trends and themes that have endured for the past decade, while examining emerging trends.
— Explore the non-fiction picture book opportunities for first-time authors.

Questions? Please e-mail Annie Bailey at

Naomi Kirsten, Senior Editor, Chronicle Books
Naomi Kirsten is a Senior Editor at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, California. She acquires approximately 20 titles each year, ranging from picture books to games, board books, and novelty formats with a focus on smart, art-driven projects. Naomi’s titles include I DIDN’T DO MY HOMEWORK BECAUSE…; THE TRUTH ABOUT MY UNBELIEVABLE SCHOOL…; New York Times Notable Book and Society of Illustrators Gold Medal Winner THE BEAR’S SONG; I HATE MY CATS (A LOVE STORY); WHEN AN ELEPHANT FALLS IN LOVE; the YOU AND ME, ME AND YOU series; and THE STAR WARS COOKBOOK: BB-ATE, WOOKIEE PIES, HAN SANDWICHES AND OTHER GALACTIC SNACKS, and ICE SABERS, projects she originated for the Star Wars franchise. She also develops publishing programs with Taro Gomi, Benjamin Chaud, Richard McGuire, and Marc Boutavant. On Instagram and Twitter: @naomi_kirsten
#1 - February 21, 2019, 09:46 AM
« Last Edit: February 22, 2019, 10:16 AM by annie-bailey »

I attended one of her webinars. I liked it. She had good insight and I learned a lot about Chronicle Books.

#2 - February 22, 2019, 03:47 AM

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Hi Annie, do you have the direct link for registration? Thank you for sharing this information, sounds great!
#3 - February 22, 2019, 06:38 AM
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Just added the link. Sorry about that!
#4 - February 22, 2019, 10:17 AM


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