SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Agent/Editor Day for Novels (MG/YA) and Chapter Books–Lottery Registration

Date/Time
Date(s) - Saturday, November 7, 2020
8:30 am - 12:30 pm


Agent/Editor Day for Novels (MG/YA) and Chapter Books

Saturday, November 7, 2020

For authors, there is nothing better than getting feedback on your manuscript. 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 structure will be different this year–online rather than in person. Attendees will be assigned to a breakout room in Zoom with an agent or editor for feedback and conversation (in small groups of about 6, not individually, for pro critique as well as peer critique). Each attendee will share their screen with the group, and will have five minutes to the first five pages of their manuscript and ten minutes to get feedback from the group.

It is strongly suggested that you have a complete and polished project on the day of the workshop.

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

Registration for this event will open on October 13, 2020. PLEASE read below as the registration process has changed.

Agent/Editor Day for Novels and Chapter Books will be on Saturday, November 7, 2020. The confirmed faculty for the day are:

Connor Eck agent Lucinda Literary
Elizabeth Bennet agent Transatlantic Agency
Eric Smith agent PS Literary
Jen Bouvier editor Entangled
Kandace Coston editor Lee & Low
Kate Egan editor Freelance Editor
Leslie Zampetti agent Dunham Literary
Linda Camacho agent Gallt/Zacker
Orlando Dos Reis editor Scholastic
Alison Weiss editor Pixel + Ink
Saritza Hernandez agent Andrea Brown
Tanusri Prasanna agent Foundry Literary
Weslie Turner editor Versity

Registration will begin on Tuesday, October 13, 2020 and will be a two-step process. Please read as the registration process has changed.

REGISTRATION LINK: https://newengland.scbwi.org/events/agenteditor-day-for-novels-ya-mg-and-chapter-books/

Registration opens on Tuesday, October 13. We are running this registration as a lottery. You will have ten hours (between 8 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.) on the 13th 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 early. When registration opens, no password will be necessary.

On Wednesday, October 14, 2020, volunteers for New England SCBWI will use a random number generator (something like this: https://andrew.hedges.name/experiments/random/) to select the 78 attendees who we can accommodate with our 13 faculty, in addition to 20 wait list candidates. We will email the 78 successful participants and then open up the selection slots for the faculty on October 15. There WILL be a space for all participants if you win a spot from the lottery.

On Thursday, October 15, at 4 p.m. registration will open for faculty selection. During this part of registration, 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. 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.

The waitlist will also be generated through the lottery. Please note: I cannot waitlist you if you reach out through Twitter or Facebook or my personal email.

Our 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!

Kris Asselin

What if I’m not a member? This event is restricted to SCBWI members only. If your membership has lapsed, the system will not allow you to register. Be sure your membership is up to date on registration day or the system will not allow you to register.

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 $60 and is for SCBWI members only. 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 ten hours on October 13 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 10/13. The waitlist will be generated from the lottery winners in the random order generated.