Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

April Workshop: Focus on Selling Your Work

Date(s) - 04/07/2018
9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Washington State University Spokane, SAC, Room #241
412 E Spokane Falls Blvd - spokane, wa 99202

Focus on Selling Your Work

This workshop is for writers and illustrators who have been working to develop their craft and have work to sell. Or for those wanting to learn the basic path to traditional publishing.

Welcome Literary Agent Kathleen Ortiz, New Leaf Literary

Kathleen Ortiz is a Literary Agent who has nearly a decade of experience in the industry, both as an agent and licensing expert. She focuses on a diverse list of picture books, young adult books, and heavily-illustrated non-fiction titles, especially titles that can make her laugh out loud (bonus points if to the point of tears or snorting!). Her passion for travel (visited 17 countries and counting) strongly connects her with a book that exposes the reader to a lifestyle or world outside of their own every day life.

For both fiction and non-fiction, Kathleen loves looking beyond the book – while the story is most important, she likes to find other opportunities for her clients to help expand their platform and compliment their books. She’s worked in licensing everything from stationery to calendars to greeting cards and more.

On the non-fiction side, she’s specifically looking for prescriptive (especially geared toward parents, millennials and generation z), memoir, pop culture, and illustrated.

Before New Leaf, Kathleen worked in newspaper journalism, earned her Masters of Publishing, and was a veterinary nurse for almost a decade. While she’s based in the West Coast, her skymiles argue that she lives in NYC half the year.

Morning Workshop

Kathleen will share her best advice for both writers and illustrators on finding the agent who will best represent their work.  She’ll go over the basics of a good query letter, and you’ll have time to refine yours and get feedback in a small group. Kathleen will talk about what’s essential to interest an agent in the first few pages of a manuscript or  portfolio, and how to prepare a pitch. She’ll discuss other markets for your work, such as work-for-hire, magazines, and illustration licensing. In this workshop you’ll gain an understanding of the traditional publishing market and how you can maximize your chances for success.

Pitch Session

After lunch Kathleen will hold a pitch session. Those attending the morning workshop will have the opportunity to pitch their story and get feedback.

Event will be offered in Spokane, WA. 

Registration opens March 10, 2018.

SCBWI Members $55

Non-members $70