Webinar: 7 Surprising Things an Editor Cares About, and 3 Things to Stop Worrying About

Sep 19, 2023

Online event

Webinar Description: This lecture is an attempt to demystify parts of the publishing process that can particularly thwart not-yet-agented writers, and to provide a few concrete tools in terms of submitting and following up. Elizabeth also hopes there will be a lively Q+A section at the end, because she knows that writers and artists often feel they get conflicting information, and she wants to get all of your publishing questions answered!

Meet the Faculty

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About Elizabeth

In college, Elizabeth Law dreamed of becoming a children's book editor, so after college she moved to New York City and did just that. Elizabeth spent 18 years at Viking Children's Books, leaving to become Associate Publisher of Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. Next, Elizabeth was Publisher of Egmont USA for five years, and now she works as a senior editor at Holiday House Books. Authors and artists she has worked with include Andrew Clements, Dan Gutman, Tony diTerlizzi, Michael Grant, Loren Long, Tomie dePaola, Ashley Bryant, and Rudy Guttierez. Elizabeth is looking for middle grade and YA fiction in particular, but is also an editor of picture books including several she recently acquired from SCBWI members. She likes all sorts of different kinds of books, and always appreciates middle grade and YA manuscripts that are funny or moving, and picture books on interesting subjects. Elizabeth also works as a freelance editor and book coach with private clients, which you can learn about on her website, Elawreads.com. Follow her on Twitter @Elawreads for tips about writing and getting published.

PB, MG & YA CRITIQUES available: (at an additional cost)

For all submissions, format your work in 12 point font, with one-inch margins, and double spacing.

For PB, send one full picture book manuscript plus a 2-3 sentence pitch in the same document.

For MG/YA, send up to 10 pages of your manuscript, plus a one-page, single-spaced synopsis. (US Letter paper size-Include synopsis in the same document; please don’t send two documents.)

⇒Please include your name on every page of your work as a header or a footer, as well as identifying information on page one: first & last name, email address, title, genre. ⇒Please SAVE YOUR FILE as Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT as a PDF or DOC or DOCx.   Example: Law_Strocchia_PURPLE CARROTS ⇒Then send your file to Kristen at epa-ara@scbwi.org. The subject should read: Webinar Faculty Last Name_Your Last Name_TITLE OF MANUSCRIPT (same as saved file name).

Submission deadline: Friday, September 22, 2023.

We anticipate critiques to be returned on or about Monday, October 23, 2023.