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Rocky Mountain Success Stories

Join us in celebrating the success of these members who made a connection or contact at one of our events!

Do you have your own Rocky Mtn Chapter or SCBWI Success Story to share?

Did you meet an editor or agent at an SCBWI event and end up placing a manuscript or receiving representation? Did you meet an illustrator who ended up illustrating your self-published book?

If so, we want to hear from you! Send an email to webmaster, Denise Vega, with RMC/SCBWI SUCCESS STORY in the subject line. Include the event, the date, and your success story! NOTE: These are stories directly related to your attendance at an event. See below for examples.

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2021 SCBWI Big 5-0 Conference

Anne Marie Brown attended a SCBWI pitch roundtable with agent Kelly Sonnack and received representation from Saritza Hernadez of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. Anne Marie’s three manuscripts, “For My Son,” “Pretty: For My Daughter,” and “For My Children,” experienced viral success on Tik Tok, and are out on submission. Fantastic news, Anne Marie!

2018 RMC Letters & Lines Fall Conference

After participating in a novel intensive at the 2017 Letters and Lines conference, Megan E. Freeman was invited by the editor to send her full manuscript.  After reading it and offering suggestions, the editor suggested some agents. As a direct result of querying those agents, Megan is happy to announce that she has signed with Deborah Warren of East West Literary Agency.  Megan is excited to join the Rocky Mountain contingent of East West writers and illustrators, and is so grateful for the support and opportunities provided by RMC-SCBWI and to all the people who make Letters and Lines happen every year.  Way to go, Megan!

2018RMC Big Sur in the Rockies Agent Workshop for Illustrators

Illustrator Darla Okada signed with agent Kelly Sonnack (Andrea Brown Literary Agency) after participating in the the Big Sur Agent Workshop for Illustrators on May 17. Congratulations, Darla!

2015 RMC Letters & Lines Fall Conference

Greg Barrington signed with agent Deborah Warren at East West Literary in November 2015 as an author-illustrator. “Have to wait and see what happens next but I can say (without a doubt) this signing wouldn’t have occurred if I had not attended the Conference–not just because of the submission opportunity but directly because of what I learned from the speakers and panels.”

Author-illustrator, Ruth Harper, also signed with agent Deborah Warren at East West Literary after meeting with her at the Fall Conference. Deborah fell in love with Ruth’s work and contacted her afterwards to represent her!

Author Eileen Ross is the third member to sign with agent Deborah Warren after meeting her at the RMC-SCBWI Fall Conference! She will be shopping Eileen’s middle grade novel. Says Eileen: “My feet have yet to hit the ground. Hurray for SCBWI!”

Illustrator and 2015 Calendar winner Tiemdow “Dow” Phumiruk also signed with Deborah Warren! Dow says “Shortly after signing with Deborah Warren, I received an offer to illustrate Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey. This will be released by Christy Ottaviano Books (a division of Henry Holt/Macmillan) in the spring of 2017, which is the 35th anniversary of the Vietnam Memorial Wall.”

Congratulations, all!!!

For information on East West Literary Agency, click here.

2014 RMC Letters & Lines Fall Conference

Heather Preusser sold a picture book manuscript, A SYMPHONY OF COWBELLS, to Sarah Miller (Sleeping Bear Press) after Sarah critiqued the piece at the 2014 fall conference.

2013 RMC Letters & Lines Fall Conference

Stephanie J. Blake sold a picture book entitled MY ROTTEN FRIEND to Kelly Barrales-Saylor (Albert Whitman) for publication (tentatively) March 2015. Ms. Barrales-Saylor requested this manuscript after the First Pages session at the Fall Conference.

Ana Crespo sold four manuscripts to Kelly Barrales-Saylor (Albert Whitman); the first after Ms. Barrales-Saylor critiqued it and the others after sending her summaries of different manuscripts she had available, including manuscripts for a small series inspired by her son.

2013 RMC Big Sur in the Rockies

Denise Vega met agent Lara Perkins of the Andrea Brown Literary Agency while on faculty at Big Sur. A month later she signed with her and the agency and Lara sold one of Denise’s picture book manuscripts in October 2013.