ShopTalk Around the Region

ShopTalk allows our members to meet other children's writers and illustrators in our vast SCBWI West/Central Upstate NY region.

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Syracuse Shop Talk - February 27 – 6:30-8:00 PM - In person and Zoom

2 Important Parts of Your Query Letter - Bio & Comp Titles! Last Month we discussed pitches and plot summaries. This month we'll discuss bios and comp titles. Join the Discussion! (scroll down for more info)


An Evening with Brian Yanish

BUFFALO-SOUTHTOWNS ShopTalk had an exciting and informative Evening with author/illustrator BRIAN YANISH on Wednesday, June 14th. Brian is the author/illustrator of the popular SHARK AND BOT SERIES of Graphic Novels for Young Readers.


Buffalo Central Library

Buffalo-Southtowns ShopTalkers visited rare books at the Buffalo Central Library.


Alice Ever After Books

Buffalo-Southtowns ShopTalkers visited a children's book store in Buffalo.

Our meetings/events include informational discussions/presentations from craft to publishing, guest author/illustrator speakers, and social gatherings. Members and invited guests connect in-person locally and via ZOOM regionally. Contact your local ShopTalk facilitator for more information.


We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month from 7:00 – 8:30 PM alternating between Ellicottville and Orchard Park. Carey and Patty can be reached at for more information. Join us!


Bios & Comp Ttles!

Tuesday, February 27th 2024

6:30 – 8:00 PM, Eastern Time

We're meeting by Zoom and in person

at the DeWitt Library

5110 Jamesville Rd, Jamesville, NY 13078

Lat month we discussed pitches and plot summaries. This month we'll discuss bios and comp titles.

You've worked on your pitch or plot summary, what else do you need to include in your query letter? This month we'll focus on bios and comp (comparable) titles. If you'd like to share your bio and get some feedback, great.

Finding a good comp title can be difficult, and many agents ask for two! We'll have a discussion about how to find the right comp. If you've been in the query letter trenches for a while, share your knowledge, and ideas.

If you are new to query letter writing, bring your questions! 

Here are some links to get you started:

Bios: What Should You Write in the Bio Paragraph of a Query letter

Comp Titles: How to Pick Your Comp Titles, How to Find Compelling Comps for Your Book

We meet on the last Tuesday of the month from 6:30-8:00 PM with in-person and Zoom hybrid sessions at the DeWitt Library, 5110 Jamesville Rd. in Jamesville. Contact Kate - woodle1 [at] verizon [dot] net ; and David - daven71 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Join us!

Our Syracuse Facilitators

David Neuner
Kate Woodle
Author, Illustrator


We meet on the 2nd Monday of the month from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. Our winter meetings will be on zoom. Contact – Sue – sueheaven [at] gmail [dot] com ; and Rowen - cmm255 [at] gmail [dot] com for more information. Join us!

Our Ithaca Facilitators

Sue Heavenrich
C. Rowen MacCarald