Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

About Your Manuscript Consultation

Individual manuscript or portfolio consultations are available with conference faculty for an additional charge of $45. You may choose this option during registration, and you will recieve further information in your confirmation letter.

The conference will also include a First Pages Critique. This is an opportunity to submit a first page of your manuscript anonymously to a panel consisting of our guest speakers for a critique at no cost. Details will be forthcoming in your confirmation letter.

Agent (and 2012 Inland NW Faculty member) Jill Corcoran offers her thoughts on making the most of your manuscript consultation. While she recorded this at a conference offering 20 minute consults rather than our more common ten, her advice is great. Thanks to Lee Wind  for the video.

If you have signed up for a manuscript consultation, take a look at SCBWI's article, From Keyboard To Printed Page, for tips on formatting. You will recieve an e-mail the third week of August with instructions on how to send your manuscript. Manuscripts will be due August 31, 2014.

Writers may submit one manuscript: a picture book, easy reader, novel, non-fiction manuscript or proposal, or up to three short poems. For picture books and poetry, send the entire manuscript or collection. For all others, send up to the ten pages. Do not include an synopsis unless it is within the ten-pages. 

Artists, do not send work ahead of time. Bring it with you to the conference. Start with your best few pieces of work and have additional pieces ready in case you have time to discuss them.