Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Agent/Editor Day for Novels (MG/YA), Chapter Books, and Picture Books/Dummies–Lottery Sign Up 

Date(s) - Wednesday, October 27, 2021 - Thursday, October 28, 2021
12:00 am

Agent/Editor Day for Novels (MG/YA), Chapter Books, and Picture Books/Dummies — Saturday, November 13, 2021

For authors of middle grade or young adult fiction, as well as authors and illustrators of picture books, there is nothing better than getting feedback on your manuscript or book dummy. Sometimes it’s all you need to move forward with your work. When you can get it from an industry professional, so much the better!

The event will be online via Zoom again this year. Attendees will be assigned to a breakout room in Zoom with an agent or editor for feedback and conversation (in small groups of no more than 7). Each attendee will have five minutes to share their their manuscript or dummie with the group, and ten minutes to get feedback from the group.

We strongly suggest you have a complete and polished project to share the day of the workshop.

Following the group critiques will be a brief panel discussion with the attending professionals–they will discuss acquisitions and answer questions.

Lottery Sign Up for this event will be open on October 27 and October 28, 2021. PLEASE read below as the registration process has changed.

Agent/Editor Day will be on Saturday, November 13, 2021. The confirmed faculty for the day are:

Foyinsi Adegbonmire, Associate Editor, Feiwel & Friends, Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group

Autumn Allen, Senior Editor, Barefoot Books

Amy Elizabeth Bishop, Literary Agent, Dystel, Goderich & Bourret LLC

Julie Bliven, Editor, Charlesbridge

Karly Dizon, Associate Agent, Fuse Literary

Tara Gonzalez, Agent, Erin Murphy Literary Agency

Jess Harold, Editor, Henry Holt

Alyson Heller, Senior Editor, Aladdin

Lillian Mazeika, Associate Agent, Tugeau 2

James Mustelier, Literary Agent / In-house Editorial Consultant, The Bent Agency

Sera Rivers, Senior Literary Manager, Martin Literary Management

Erin Siu, Associate Editor, Macmillan

Courtney Stevenson, Associate Editor, Quill Tree Books/HarperCollins

Elle Thompson, Assistant Agent, Triada US

Alison S. Weiss, Acquisitions Editor, Pixel+Ink


Lottery sign up will be open Wednesday, October 27, 2021 through midnight on Thursday, October 28.  You will have two full days to register for the lottery.

There is no limit to the number of people who can register for the lottery. There is no incentive to register for the lottery early. When registration for the lottery opens, no password will be necessary.

Lottery drawing for registrants will be held on Friday, October 29. Volunteers for New England SCBWI will use a random number generator to select the attendees who we can accommodate with our 15 faculty, in addition to 20 wait list candidates. We will email the successful participants and then open up the selection slots for the faculty on November 1. There WILL be a space for all participants if you win a spot from the lottery.

If you are selected to participate through the lottery drawing, you will receive an email with instructions for event registration and payment.

On Monday, November 1, at 4 p.m. EST registration will open for faculty selection. Lottery winners will select the faculty mentor whose breakout room you’d most like to join. Be prepared—have your 2nd and 3rd choices ready–in case your first choice isn’t available. The system will NOT confirm your faculty member, please make a note of who you sign up with. We can send this information to you after the fact, but you will not see a confirmation of this at registration.

Please only sign up for ONE faculty member.

The waitlist will also be generated through the lottery. Please note: We cannot waitlist you if you reach out through Twitter or Facebook or one of the volunteer’s personal emails.

FAQs are provided below to answer your questions. If your question is not addressed in the FAQs, then please feel free to reach out and ask.

Thank you!

Casey Robinson, Pam Vaughan, and Kris Asselin





What if I’m not a member? This event is open to SCBWI members and non members alike.

FEE: $75.00 for SCBWI members / $100 for non-members

What browser should I use? The system doesn’t love Chromebooks. If you’re having trouble, try a different browser.

How much does it cost? Agent/Editor Day costs $75 for SCBWI members and $100 for nonmembers. This fee covers the whole morning of the event, including the critique session, the keynote, and the panel (where you’ll meet all the faculty and find out a little more about them).

How do I pay? Registering for the lottery is free. If you win a spot, the system is set up for you to pay through PayPal.

Will Agent/Editor Day sell out? Agent/Editor Day will sell out. With the lottery process, however, the speed of your wifi will not impact you getting a space. You have two days (October 27 & 28) to indicate that you want to attend.

Will I be able to pick my own agent/editor? You will be able to select the agent/editor you want to be assigned with. However, you should be willing to be assigned to any of the faculty. Be sure you make a note of who you sign up with–we can tell you after the fact, but the system will NOT confirm it for you.

Are all faculty acquiring? No. This is not an event during which you should expect to have your work acquired. This event is to get professional feedback. You will have the opportunity to submit to faculty, if you have a piece that matches something in their wish list.

Must I have a complete manuscript? Yes. You should have a complete and polished manuscript if you are considering sharing it with professionals in the industry.

When will I receive submission guidelines, and how do I submit? Submission guidelines will be sent after the event, and you will have two months to submit to anyone that acquires work in your genre. Please do your research before submitting and make sure this is the right person/fit for your manuscript, genre, etc. Each professional will have prescribed guidelines.

How do I submit my materials for the event? You won’t. Each participant will share their screen with their work to be reviewed on the spot during the event. Faculty will not be reviewing work in advance.

How do I get on the waiting list? If you want to attend, you should register for the lottery on 10/27 or 10/28. The waitlist will be generated from the lottery winners in the random order generated.