Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Agent Day

Date(s) - 04/17/2021
10:00 am - 3:30 pm

**We have reached capacity for our live webinars. However, SCBWI members can purchase recordings of the 2 highlighted presentations below by selecting the Recordings Only ticket ($10). Thanks!


Schedule of Zoom Events (Times listed are PST)


10:00 – 11:00 AM


Finding the Best Agent for Your Work with Lisa Amstutz


1:00 – 2:00 PM


LIVE Query Letter Critiques! Paige Terlip and Kelly Dyksterhouse read a selection of participants’ query letters, offering feedback and practical advice for every Query.


2:30 – 3:30 PM


How to Stand Out in a Crowded Query Inbox with Kayla Cicello


Our Presenters


With sixteen years of experience as an author and freelance editor, Lisa Amstutz comes to Storm Literary Agency as an Associate Literary Agent. She has written more than 140 books for the educational and trade markets as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. As an editor and mentor, she worked with writers to shape and polish their manuscripts, many of which went on to land agents or book contracts. She also edited materials for several publishing companies.




Kelly Dyksterhouse, M.F.A, joined Raven Quill Literary Agency a year ago after 8 years working at various positions at both large and small literary agencies. She holds an M.F.A. from Vermont College of Fine Arts and represents clients who write the across spectrum from picture books to young adult, both fiction and non-fiction. She considers the opportunity to help bring books into the hands of children to be a great honor, and it is a particular joy for her to work alongside authors as they develop their project from idea to polished manuscripts.



Prior to becoming an Associate Agent, Paige Terlip was a Senior Assistant for Executive Agent Laura Rennert, and has been with ABLA for over three years. She comes to agenting with a background in marketing, design, and freelance editorial. She’s worked at Charlesbridge Publishing, The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, and a ranch in the Rockies. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and an MFA in Writing for Children from Simmons University. You can find her on Twitter @pterlip and Instagram @pterli



Kayla Cichello brings to Upstart Crow Literary nearly a decade of experience in children’s publishing. A former Conference Coordinator for the International Summer and Winter Conferences for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, she most recently logged several years as assistant to Senior Agent Jennifer Rofé at the Andrea Brown Literary Agency. She is open to a wide range of books, from picture books through young adult novels, and is especially keen to discover unique voices and champion new creators of tomorrow’s classics.





Consultations & Critiques

We have a limited number of feedback opportunities. Register early to secure a spot.

Consultation and Critiques are sold out.


Consultations $75: Select a one-on-one Zoom Consultation appointment when you register. The consultation includes a completed Gold Form Critique + a 12-minute Zoom chat to discuss your critique and ask any follow-up questions. Available times and dates will appear when you select the Consultation option below. (Note: Consultation appointments cannot be rescheduled.)


Critiques $50: Select a Critique for written feedback on your work. This option does not include a one-on-one Zoom chat, but it will give you valuable feedback on the craft and marketability of your work. 


Materials for Consultations and Critiques must be received by March 12


Click the appropriate link for specific submission instructions.


Manuscript Only Critique or Consultation

Illustration Critique or Consultation


**All Gold Form Critiques will be returned to participants on or before April 14.


Additional Opportunities


LIVE Query Letter Critiques Select this opportunity when you register. Then send your query letter to Query letters must be received on or before April 14. There is no charge for this adventurous opportunity, but participants must join the LIVE Zoom meeting to have their query letter critiqued. 

This event extra is full.


Private Pitch Party Select this opportunity when your register. Then email up to 2 pitches to There is no charge to participate in the Pitch Party. The pitches will be compiled into one document and shared with our participating agents. We’ll announce any pitch interest at the end of our closing presentation on April 17 with follow-up emails and submission guidelines.

This event extra is full.


All pitches must be received on or before April 6.


Would you like some tips for writing a perfect pitch? Click here. Pitches should not exceed 75 words each.

Illustrators can include 1 illustration per pitch. Click here for guidelines and size requirements.