Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 Picture Book Webinar Series

Date(s) - 01/20/2018 - 02/10/2018
9:00 am - 10:00 am


Snappsy and his team of publishing professionals are coming to a screen near you!

The Inland Northwest Region has invited the Illustrator, Art Director, Editor, and Author to share their Snappsy stories.  In this unique webinar series, writers and illustrators will see how four creative individuals collaborated to create two stand-out picture books.

Plus, each presenter will share their advice on how you can create characters and stories even Snappsy won’t be able to resist.

Saturdays: January 20 & 27, February 3 & 10

**AnyMeeting Invites for Tim’s webinar were sent to registered participants on 2/16. Please email inlandnw at scbwi dot org if you did not receive your invite.


January 20: How Tim Miller, the Illustrator, Channeled his Inner Alligator

TIM MILLER is an author and illustrator of children’s books. He is the illustrator of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book) and Margarash. He is also the illustrator of the middle-grade series Hamstersaurus Rex. Moo Moo in a Tutu, published by Balzer & Bray is Tim’s debut picture book as author & illustrator. Tim studied at the School of Visual Arts where he earned his Bachelor’s in Cartooning and his Master’s in Art Education. He grew up in Washington State and is currently based in NYC.Tim_HamsaurusTim_MooMoo

In this illustration focused webinar, Tim will discuss what he, as the illustrator, brought to the Snappsy picture books. He’ll also share his advice on creating kid-friendly characters.


January 27: Where Denise Cronin, the Art Director, Finds the Best Artists Ever!

DCronin_photo_cropDENISE CRONIN is an executive art director and vice president, who with a staff of four, is responsible for the illustration and design of Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Young Readers Group. She has long been involved in creating books for children, starting with The Dial Press, then Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers, and for the last 20 years, with Viking. Denise works with many talented artists, writers, designers, and editors, and thoroughly enjoys the collaborative nature of publishing.

Denise Cronin will discuss what makes an artists’ work stand out, and how she works with Illustrators and Editors to create great picture books.


February 3: Why Joanna Cardenas, the Editor, Did Not Reject this Manuscript

Joanna SCBWI webinar photoJOANNA CÁRDENAS is an editor at Viking Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House. She acquires and edits picture books, chapter books, and middle grade (including graphic novels). Joanna has edited books by Julie Falatko, Tim Miller, Margaret Mincks, Mac Barnett, Greg Pizzoli, Celia C. Pérez, Christopher Weyant, Aaron Reynolds, and Pablo Cartaya. Joanna is originally from San Diego, California, where she worked as a bookseller. Follow Joanna on Twitter @joannananamc and on Pinterest at

Joanna Cardenas will share what she saw in the Snappsy manuscript, how it stood out from other submissions, and what authors can do to catch an editor’s eye.

**BONUS Ms. Cardenas will accept 1 post-webinar PB submission from registered participants. Submission guidelines will be sent following the webinar.


February 10: When Julie Falatko, the Author, Had the Best Idea Ever!

Julie_02JULIE FALATKO writes about misunderstood characters trying to find their place in the world. She is the author of Snappsy the Alligator (Did Not Ask to Be in This Book), illustrated by Tim Miller (Viking, 2016); Snappsy the Alligator and his Best Friend Forever (Probably) (Viking, 2017); Two Dogs in a Trench Coat Go to School (Scholastic, 2018); No Boring Stories, illustrated by Charles Santoso (Viking, 2018); The Great Indoors, illustrated by Ruth Chan (Disney-Hyperion, 2019) and Help Wanted: One Rooster (Viking, 2019).

SnappsyBFF_salesJKT_FINAL.inddJulie Snappsy_Julie_FalatkoJulie lives in Maine with her husband, four children, and two dogs, where she maintains a Little Free Library in front of her house. You can visit her website at

Julie Falatko will reveal the moment Snappsy popped into her head.  She’ll talk about writing stories that editors, parents, and (most importantly) kids are excited to read.


Registration begins Tuesday, January 2, 2018

SCBWI Members $60.00 for all 4 webinars

Non-Members $75.00 for all 4 webinars

If space is available, Individual webinar tickets will be available on January 21: SCBWI $20 / Non-Member $35




This event is fully booked.