SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Author Extras

Third Annual Golden Pen Award

Manuscripts submitted for critique will have the opportunity to be nominated by faculty members for consideration for the RMC SCBWI Letters & Lines Golden Pen Award. All members who register for a manuscript critique will be automatically considered for nomination. Finalists will be announced at the conference and final judging will occur after the conference concludes.

LOGISTICS: As mentioned, faculty critiquers will have the opportunity to nominate a manuscript for this award. Nominated manuscripts will be narrowed down and then sent for final judging to SCBWI PAL members who live outside the Rocky Mountain Region. In the final stage of judging, the author’s name will be removed from the document so final judging will only consider the words on the page.  The prize you ask? Not only will you gain the prestige of such an award, but you will also receive free tuition to the following year’s Letters and Lines conference!

 


Teresa Funke Writer’s Coaching Sessions

Teresa Funke is a successful author and creative entrepreneur and has been a professional writing/publishing coach since 2005. Ask her anything about how to write, how to have a career as a writer; how to pitch to an agent/editor; how to self-publish; how to start thinking about marketing and promotion before your book is even published, or just any ideas that are percolating that you’d like to run by an expert. Sessions are 25 minutes and cost $50. For a more in-depth description, visit: https://www.teresafunke.com/what-i-do/consultant/writers-coaching-for-events/

*Please note: This is an optional add-on for members only. Attendees may sign up for either a Coaching session OR a Manuscript Critique OR a Portfolio Consultation, only. You may not register for more than one of these offerings. Since these additional offerings are so popular, we do this to allow as many attendees as possible the chance to partake.

 


One-on-One Manuscript Critiques and E-Critiques

Limited space available, you must pre-register for this choice

Deadline to turn in pages if you register for a critique:  August 23, 2019 by 5 p.m.

Critiques serve as a unique opportunity to have your writing professionally critiqued by an author, agent, or editor. This option requires pre-registration and is offered on a space-available basis for an additional fee of $50. Because critiques typically sell out fast, manuscript critiques are an optional add-on for SCBWI Members only. (It’s not too late to join!)  If a critique is on your wish-list, please register early! Critique appointments are assigned during workshop times based on the critiquer’s schedule during the conference. Please be aware you may miss a portion of a workshop in order to receive one-on-one feedback about your manuscript.

E-Critiques consist of emailed feedback without a one-on-one meeting. All e-critiques are offered by distance faculty, who are not in attendance at the conference.

How it works: You are in the driver’s seat! On a space-available basis, you may pre-register for a one-on-one critique with on-site faculty, or an e-critique with distance faculty. Once the slots are full for a particular faculty member, registration will no longer allow the option. That means those who register early will have the most options! Take time to read faculty member biographies to select the perfect match for you. Once you have registered for a critique, you must submit your 10 pages to Denise Schurr, Manuscript Critique Coordinator, by the deadline.

For one-on-one critiques, properly submitted manuscripts will have a 10 minute, one-on-one appointment with their critiquer during the conference. Critique appointment time-slots will be assigned and coordinated by volunteer Denise Schurr. Again, please be aware, you may miss a portion of the conference workshops/programming for your appointment.

For e-critiques, properly submitted manuscripts will receive emailed feedback no later than October 12.

And now for some of those pesky rules:

Please do not include illustrations with manuscript submissions. This offering is for manuscript text only.

Please follow all the instructions (especially on formatting) located on the instruction page linked below.

Please meet the deadline. Critiques are non-refundable. We always feel sad for the people who miss the deadline and have to forfeit their fee. We want happiness, and unicorns, and rainbows, so get-er done on time!

One critique maximum per person.

Please note we have limited spots in critiques, portfolio reviews, and coaching sessions, therefore author-illustrators may only select one of the premium add-ons, either portfolio review or manuscript critique, but not both. That way we can spread the opportunities.

*DEADLINE: Your manuscript must be properly formatted AND submitted to our critique coordinator by August 23, 2019 at 5 p.m. or your fee will be forfeited.

For full details on submitting for critiques, visit the Manuscript Critique Instruction Page

To download a MS Word document version of the submission form to fill out on your computer, click here.

NOTE: *Critiques are an optional add-on and a MEMBERS ONLY offering. Critiques are offered on a space available basis, therefore we can offer a maximum of one per person.

 


Member Book Sales

Bookstore deadline11:59pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019

If you are an SCBWI member, have a children’s book you’ve authored or illustrated, and will be attending the Fall Conference on October 12-13, 2019, BRAVO! Huzzah! Congratulations! Furthermore, this qualifies you to have one title included in the member book sale during conference weekend. Due to the popularity of this offering, the book table can only accept books that have been registered by 11:59pm Wednesday, September 4, 2019. Because we have to ensure books arrive on time, and we have to pre-plan our space, there will be no exceptions to this deadline.

Please note a few pesky but important rules

  • Only members who are attending the conference may have their book sold at the conference;
  • SCBWI rules and limited space allow for only one title per attendee.
  • Please follow the instructions to the letter. Instructions are here at this BOOK SALES INSTRUCTION’s link
  • Please meet the unbreakable deadline, September 4, 2019. We want to see your book in our store!
  • Carrie Seidel is our book sales conference coordinator and your single point of contact. Please don’t contact our bookstore partner. Instead direct ALL questions to Carrie at whispurr_s@hotmail.com or your book may be excluded from the bookstore. Just like the Wizard of Oz, Carrie has all the answers!

For instructions on registering, visit Book Sales Instructions

 


Critique Connect

Interactive Critique Connect Workshop: Come to critique or to critique and exchange emails so you can form a new group. 

Who: For Authors and Illustrators

When: 6:15pm – 7:45pm, after the autograph party and social hour. It is important to arrive on time in order to form the groups equitably.

What: The Critique Connect will be run in the same way as the national conferences. You’ll gather at 6:15 pm and sit at a table marked for your target group (illustrator, picture book, middle grade, young adult, chapter book, non-fiction) with a maximum of five people per group. Therefore, if eight picture book writers show up, there will be two picture book groups. Volunteer leader Andrea Wang will be on hand to pre-set tables with signs and help you find your group.

The session will start with a general review about the “sandwich” method of offering critiques and remind you of the evening’s plan, which is to circle up with your peers, decide on who will be the timer, and establish a fair amount of time per person. If you have five people in your group and you have 1.25 hours remaining to meet, then you should set a timer of 15 minutes per person (five minutes for reading and 10 minutes to get feedback and ask questions).

WHAT TO BRING:  Writers, bring FIVE copies of five pages of your manuscript. Illustrators, bring your portfolio.

*The contact for this event is Andrea Wang. She can be reached at CritiqueGroups.RMC.scbwi@gmail.com

What can you do right now? Click here to visit our Critique Groups page (must be logged with SCBWI member account in to access!), where you can find listings of groups looking for new members. If none of the listed groups meets your needs, you can start your own group by emailing our critique coordinator, Andrea, at: CritiqueGroups.Rmc.scbwi@gmail.com with the requested information. Also contact Andrea if you have questions prior to the conference.

 


Optional Writer Post-Conference Intensives 

Sunday, October 13, 2019, 2:00pm – 5:00pm

Additional Fee: $95 SCBWI member-participants, includes boxed lunch and beverage!

Pre-registration required, limited space, See Intensives page for more details

Intensive sessions provide an opportunity to work on individual projects in a smaller setting under the guidance of a faculty professional. They are reserved for SCBWI members only and on a first-to-register, first-filled basis. You must be registered for one or both days of the conference in order to register for an intensive.

Marriott catering staff will distribute boxed lunches in exchange for your registration ticket immediately following the close of the conference on Sunday. Please note: Box lunches are only for those who registered for a post-conference intensive. Sorry, there is no price adjustment available if you forgo the boxed lunch.

Pre-register for one of the following:

Novelist Craft Intensive with Elana K Arnold 

Revision: A Many-Legged Beast: Join me as I explore a range of techniques and practices for revising a manuscript of any length, from picture book through full-length novel. You will leave this intensive with practical tools that you can use again and again with each project.

 

Novel Roundtable with Molly O’Neill

Space Limited to 15 participants

Pre-register for this roundtable for chapter book, middle grade, and young adult novelists, and hear how an agent responds to the first FIVE pages of your work in progress. Space is limited to 15 writers. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your work (yes, it must be pages one through five from the beginning; please see detailed instructions for formatting). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback from an agent on your work-in-progress, but you also grow by hearing constructive comments on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: All participants should bring 16 STAPLED copies of the first five pages of work-in-progress manuscript. Format 12 pt. Font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins.

 

Novel Roundtable with Tiffany Liao

Space Limited to 15 participants

Pre-register for this roundtable for chapter book, middle grade, and young adult novelists, and hear how an agent responds to the first FIVE pages of your work in progress. Space is limited to 15 writers. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your work (yes, it must be pages one through five from the beginning; please see detailed instructions for formatting). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback from an agent on your work-in-progress, but you also grow by hearing constructive comments on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: All participants should bring 16 STAPLED copies of the first five pages of work-in-progress manuscript. Format 12 pt. Font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one inch margins.

 

Picture Book Roundtable with Meredith Mundy 

Space Limited to 15 participants

Pre-register for this special roundtable gathering and hear how an agent thinks. Space is limited to 15 writers each. You’ll meet in an intimate setting and receive live, on-the-spot feedback on the first five pages of your picture book manuscript (please see detailed instructions below). Not only do you benefit by receiving direct feedback on your work-in-progress, but you also grow by hearing reactions and comments on everyone else’s work, too.

NOTE: All participants should bring 16 STAPLED copies of a work-in-progress picture book manuscript. Format 12 pt. Font, Times New Roman, double spaced, one-inch margins.

Novelist Coffee Chat with Kate Testerman

Each session limited to 7 participants per session

During the Sunday afternoon optional intensives, Kate is sitting down with small groups of authors to chat about whatever you want! This is a fantastic opportunity to get face time with a literary agent without the stress of needing to pitch your story, and a chance to have already formed a connection with Kate before you might want to follow up after the conference with your polished query letter. Note: There are two offerings of this session. You may choose either 2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., or 3:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Pricing for one session is $50 and includes boxed lunch (to be enjoyed before the session) and coffee (served when you meet with Kate).