Show Me the Money! Breaking down the publishing contract, and five questions you should ask about yours.

May 11, 2024

Online event


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Even most editors don't understand the publishing P+L, but it impacts every publishing decision. Want to learn what goes into deciding everything from the trim size of your book to the jacket art used, and how many books you need to sell to start earning royalties? In this informative session, jokes will be cracked and publishing demystified. Some of the most important questions to consider in your contract will be discussed, too. The webinar will last one hour including a Q+A at the end. 

When: May 11, 2024 6pm-7pm CEST

Where: Online via Zoom

Cost: Free for SCBWI premium members / €25 for non-members

Non-members, please sign up via this form

A Zoom link will be sent 24 hours prior to the event.

The webinar will be recorded and the recording available until June 30.


While she is in Paris in May, Elizabeth is offering a special price for her 1/2 hour critique sessions. These sessions can be held over Zoom or in a cafe in the Marais. 

Picture books: a 1/2 hour session to discuss your picture book together, including edits and written notes = €110

Longer works including chapter books, novels and longer nonfiction (first 20 pages and a synopsis): 1/2 hour session to discuss your manuscript together, including edits and written notes = €170 Euros

Elizabeth is also available for bundles of picture books, and for full manuscript critiques.

Contact Elizabeth at to arrange time and payment. And check out her website!


For Elizabeth Law, editing children’s books is a vocation. She began her career at Viking Children's Books, then moved to Simon & Schuster as Associate Publisher and Egmont USA as Publisher before taking her current position at Holiday House as Senior Editor of Backlist and Special Projects. Elizabeth loves contemporary middle-grade and young adult fiction, such as novelist Polly Farquhar's Lolo Weaver Swims Upstream and Dan Gutman’s Houdini and Me, and picture books, including Five Stories by Ellen Weinstein and A New Car for Pickle by Sylvie Kantorovitz. She also likes anything funny or scary. She runs a freelance editorial business on weekends at and tweets a lot about children's books on X @elawreads.