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Manuscript and Portfolio Consultations

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“Our list is filled with many fantastic books by authors and illustrators we first met at SCBWI conferences. SCBWI is one of our favorite sources for new talent! —Allyn Johnston, Andrea Welch, and Lauren Rille, Beach Lane Books, S&S Children’s Publishing

Get Your Work in Front of Industry Professionals

A manuscript or portfolio consultation is a one-on-one, twenty-minute meeting with a publishing professional to receive feedback on your art or writing. Consultations are available to PREMIUM MEMBERS ONLY for an additional fee of $125. All manuscript and portfolio consultations take place on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 9 from 9am to 4pm. Make sure you arrive the night before if you are traveling from out of town.

You will select your reviewer when you register. SCBWI will notify you of your time slot ahead of the conference.

Before you register, read the faculty bios listed below and select a reviewer who is a good match for your work. The spots will fill up quickly. Choose carefully. Once you make a selection, you cannot change it. No refunds will be given. 

Guidelines

Consultation Guidelines 

Please read the following guidelines carefully before registering and submitting your material. If you are unsure about anything, please email Sarah Diamond.   

1.) After registering, you must email your manuscript to manuscripts@scbwi.org on or before  Friday, December 22, 2023 at 5pm PST. Manuscripts received after the deadline will not be accepted. Manuscripts for Jessica Echeverria only will be accepted until 11:59 pm PACIFIC time on January 12, 2024.

2.) For picture books and poetry: submit up to ten pages of poems or ONE picture book manuscript regardless of the page count. No synopsis is needed. Please do not submit a dummy book, photos, or illustrations; however, feel free to bring them to the consultation. 

3.) For middle grade, young adult, nonfiction, and chapter books: submit only the first ten pages of your manuscript plus a single-spaced one-page synopsis.

4.) Format ALL manuscripts in a 12-point Times New Roman or Arial font, double-spaced. More formatting questions? Read From Keyboard to Printed Page in the Essential Guide to Publishing for Children (Available for free to premium members under My Resources in your Member Home).

5.) ALL submissions must include a title page with your contact information and the type of manuscript (YA, MG, picture book, chapter book, or nonfiction) in the upper left-hand corner. If you are represented by an agent, please note that on the title page as well. The title page does NOT count as one of your ten pages. 

6.) The name on your manuscript MUST match the name you registered under for the conference, even if you write under a pseudonym. 

7). No material needs to be submitted in advance for Portfolio Consultations. Please bring your art with you to the meeting.

A schedule with the time of all consultations will be posted to the Member Resource page of everyone who has registered for a manuscript or portfolio consult by January 12, 2024.


Manuscript Reviewers

Patrice Caldwell
Agent
Linda Camacho
Agent
Kayla Cichello
Agent
Danielle Collins
Editor
Dorielys Cruz
Editor
Trisha de Guzman
Editor
Amy Thrall Flynn
Agent
Jessica Echeverria
Editor
Sarah Gerton
Agent, Author
Karen Grencik
Agent
Lucia Iannone
Editor
Shulokhana Khan
Editor
Celia Lee
Editor
Kate McKean
Agent
Carolina Ortiz-Arancibia
Editor
Alexandra Penfold
Alexander Slater
Agent
Lori Steel
Agent
Nick Thomas
Editor
Jennifer Thompson
Editor, Other

Portfolio Reviewers

Adriana Dominguez
Agent
Kirsten Hall
Aliza R. Hoover
Agent
Kevin Lewis
Agent
Sharismar Rodriguez
Art Director
Tracy Shaw
Art Director
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