Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Author Extras

OPTIONAL SESSIONS FOR WRITERS (included in your conference tuition)

First Pages Sessions

* Picture Book First Pages with editors Carter Hasegawa and Tricia Lawrence.

* Novel First Pages with agent Terrie Wolf and editor Lanie Davis.

Bring THREE COPIES of your first page to the conference (PAPERCLIPPED – no cover sheets, no staples) with a maximum of 18 lines of text. At the check-in/registration table, we will have containers marked PICTURE BOOK FIRST PAGES and NOVEL FIRST PAGES. Please note that we will not have paperclips at the registration desk so please bring your own or we will not be able to include your pages in the session.

If you write both picture books and novels, please choose only ONE container in which to drop your first page to enable as many writers as possible to receive feedback.

For First Pages, use one-inch margins all around, double-spaced, 12-point Times. Center your title at the top, drop down two spaces, and start your text. In the upper right corner note whether it’s a picture book, middle grade or YA novel, or non-fiction. Your name is optional. Click this link for an example: First Pages Sample Formatting

Pages will be drawn randomly from the pile and read out loud after which the industry professionals will provide feedback.
NOTE: Please understand that due to time constraints, there is a chance your page will not be read and critiqued. However, a lot can be learned from listening to those that are read so we encourage you to pay attention!

Critique Connect (Saturday)

Join other attendees looking for critique groups in your interest area and location. The Critique Connect will be from 5:15 – 6.00 so grab a cocktail and come on in! If you sign up in advance, you will be able to indicate your geographic area so we can organize people who are near each other.


OPTIONAL SESSIONS FOR WRITERS (for an additional fee)

One-On-One Manuscript Critiques ($40 members, $65 non-members)

This is a unique opportunity to have your writing professionally critiqued, so start preparing your manuscripts. All qualified manuscripts will receive a written critique and a one-on-one appointment with their critiquers at the conference. Unlike writing contests, the Manuscript Critique provides each entrant a valuable and constructive critique from a published author, an agent, or an editor. Click here for full details on submitting for one-on-one critiques.

PR Consultations (PAL Members only – $45)

Literary Publicist (specializing in YA), Jennifer Halligan, is offering one-one-one consultations for PAL members. Consultations can include (but aren't limited to) discussions about the following: marketing plan, coaching on author platforms (social media, blogging, and/or website, online promotions, etc. Jen Halligan will consult with authors–PB thru YA–though she specializes in YA. A questionnaire will be provided upon registration and payment. DEADLINE: SEPTEMBER 6, 2014