Six Marks To Hit Before You Submit

Dec 09, 2023

Online event

Are you constantly second-guessing whether your picture book manuscript is ready for submission? Do you wish for a way to bring clarity to the age-old question, “Is it good enough to submit?” In this one-hour class, Dan Richards will cover six questions developed in partnership with his agent Ammi-Joan Paquette (Erin Murphy Literary Agency). These six questions throw back the veil on what agents and editors want, expose manuscript weaknesses before you make the mistake of submitting too soon, and demystify rejection letter double-speak (e.g. “too thin,” “too quiet,” “lacks break-out potential,” etc.). If you’ve been wishing for a more intentional way to evaluate your picture book manuscripts, this class is exactly what you’ve been looking for!

Dan Richards is a graduate of the University of Washington’s Writing for Children program and the author of six picture books, including PENNY & PENELOPE, ONCE UPON A GOAT, and his latest release NUBBY. ONCE UPON A GOAT was a Junior Library Guild Selection, Amazon Best of the Month Book, an Indie Next Selection, and a Washington State Children’s Choice Awards finalist. Besides writing, Dan also enjoys teaching, mentoring and coaching picture book clients. Visit Dan online at  

Facilitator Bio:

Suma Subramaniam: Suma Subramaniam's picture books include NAMASTE IS A GREETING (Crystal Kite Award Winner), SHE SANG FOR INDIA: HOW M.S. SUBBULAKSHMI USED HER VOICE FOR CHANGE (2023 NYPL Diverse Voices Book), THE RUNAWAY DOSA, and more. Suma is also the contributing author of THE HERO NEXT DOOR (Finalist -Massachusetts Book Award). Her poems have been published in Poetry Magazine, WHAT IS HOPE?, and other anthologies for children. She lives in Seattle with her family and a dog who will do anything for Indian sweets and snacks.