First Looks: Promo Edition with Taylor Abatiell

Nov 14, 2023

Online event

What do industry professionals look for when they view illustrators’ postcards and social media posts? Taylor Abatiell, senior designer at Penguin Workshop and an illustrator herself, will offer live feedback on anonymous submissions. Whether you choose to submit a file or just watch, you'll gain insights on how to improve your art. Taylor is also offering a limited number of post-webinar written critiques following the webinar, and all participants will have the opportunity to send samples to her for a limited time after the event. This webinar will be recorded.

Webinar Date and Time


Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 7:30-9 PM Eastern


The webinar is 90 minutes long.


Registration will close at 5 PM, Sunday, November 12, 2023.



Please note registration confirmations are no longer emailed. You can find your confirmation and the Zoom link on your member home page under My events. The button is located between your News feed and Resources buttons.


A link to a recording of this event will be emailed the day after the webinar and will be available to registered attendees for 30 days.

In-Webinar Image Submissions

Please send one .jpg or.png file (5 MB max) of your latest postcard, IG post, or other promo piece to mddewv-ic@scbwi.org by 11:59 PM Eastern on Sunday, November 12, 2023. Images will be shown in the order received, and we will get to as many as time allows.



Premium member price: $15

Regular price: $25

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Note: if you have a current paid SCBWI membership, you are now a Premium Member.


Optional Critiques

Taylor Abatiell is offering illustrator portfolio, website, picture book dummy, and graphic novel (first 15 pages) post-webinar written critiques.

Critiques are available to Premium Members only.

Illustrator, portfolio, website, picture book dummy, or graphic novel critique: $70 

About the Presenter


Taylor Abatiell

is a New York based Senior Designer at Penguin Workshop, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She develops children's books, board books, and the occasional middle-grade novel. Previous projects include CLYDE THE HIPPO, MOMS CAN DO IT ALL, Kirkus starred HUMPTY DUMPTY LIVED NEAR A WALl, and the #1 NYT best-selling series WHO HQ. As a queer asian designer, she is also passionate about inclusive art direction and champions diverse stories for underrepresented audiences.


Questions? Email us at mddewv@scbwi.org