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Webinar: Choosing Your Path to Publication

Date(s) - 09/26/2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Webinar: Choosing Your Path to Publication

A panel with authors Mary Fan, Intisar Khanani, Christine Platt, and Aaron Rosenberg, moderated by Tracy C. Gold

90 minute Webinar

Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 2 PM Eastern/1 PM Central/12 PM Mountain/11 AM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: FREE; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: FREE; Non-members: $25

Please note: there are a limited number of tickets available to view the webinar live. If you know that you will only be viewing the recording, then please choose the recording-only ticket. 

Optional written critique following webinar:

  • First Page Critique: $25
  • Query Letter Critique: $25
  • Synopsis Critique: $50
  • Manuscript critique (first 10 pages): $70.00


Authors today have more options than ever for how to publish their books. Those options can be overwhelming! This panel will cover the many different paths available, including self-publishing or going with a small press, major house, or vanity press.  Even more complex, just because you traditionally publish one book doesn’t mean you can’t decide to self publish a different one. We will define and discuss the pros and cons of each option. Experienced authors will describe the path they chose.


About the presenters:

Mary Fan is a YA and sci-fi/fantasy author based in Jersey City. Her books include Stronger Than a Bronze Dragon (YA steampunk fantasy), the Starswept trilogy (YA sci-fi), the Flynn Nightsider series (YA dark fantasy), the Fated Stars series (YA high fantasy), and the Jane Colt trilogy (sci-fi). She is also the co-editor of the Brave New Girls YA sci-fi anthologies about girls in STEM. Her short works have been included in a number of anthologies, including Magic at MidnightThrilling Adventure Yarns, and Love, Murder & Mayhem. Find her online at Critiquing: Young adult – fiction.

Intisar Khanani grew up a nomad and world traveler. She has lived in five different states as well as in Jeddah on the coast of the Red Sea. Intisar used to write grants and develop projects to address community health with the Cincinnati Health Department, which was as close as she could get to saving the world. Now she focuses her time on her two passions: raising her family and writing fantasy. She is the author of The Sunbolt Chronicles and Thorn.


Aaron Rosenberg is an award-winning, #1 bestselling author. He has written original novels and short stories, tie-in fiction, children’s books, educational books, and role-playing games. Aaron is a founding member of Crazy 8 Press and lives in New York. You can follow him online at, on Facebook at, and on Twitter @gryphonrose.


Christine Platt currently serves as the Managing Director for the Antiracist Research & Policy Center at American University. A passionate advocate for social justice and policy reform, Christine holds a B.A. in Africana Studies from the University of South Florida, M.A. in African and African American Studies from The Ohio State University, and J.D. from Stetson University College of Law. Using storytelling as a tool for social change, Christine’s work centers on eradicating social and racial injustices through the power of literature. She has written over two dozen early reader chapter books, including the beloved Ana & Andrew series. Critiquing: Early reader – fiction, Early reader – nonfiction.

Tracy C. Gold (moderator) is a writer and editor living in Baltimore. She has two picture books forthcoming in 2021, Trick or Treat, Bugs to Eat from Sourcebooks, and Everyone’s Sleepy but the Baby from Familius. She also helps other people become better writers as a freelance editor and teacher. She has worked on books published by houses including Simon Pulse, Delacorte, and Bloomsbury Spark. Tracy earned her M.F.A. in Creative Writing and Publishing Arts and taught writing at the University of Baltimore. She also learned a lot about publishing as an intern for literary agent Carrie Pestritto, who is now Tracy’s agent. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction, Picture book manuscript – nonfiction, Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction.



To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the live event will close on September 25.  Registration for recording access will close on September 26.

A recording of the webinar will be available for 30 days after the live event. The recording will be for registered attendees only, so if you can’t make the live event, you can register to view the recording.

Access information for the live webinar will be sent ton the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select the registration option with critique must submit their manuscripts by October 4, 2020. Detailed submission instructions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option. You do not need to submit anything now.



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Event Extras

Add-on critiques from Mary Fan

      Add-on critiques from Christine Platt

          Add-on critiques from Tracy C. Gold

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