Society of
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First Looks: How to Write a Successful Query Letter, a Webinar with Agent John Cusick

Date(s) - 07/08/2019
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Webinar presented by agent John Cusick of Folio Jr.
Monday, July 8, 7:00-8:30 PM Eastern/6:00-7:30 PM Central/5:00-6:30 PM Mountain/4:00-5:30 PM Pacific

  • Registration with in-webinar query letter critique from John Cusick of Folio Jr.: SCBWI Members: $40; Nonmembers: $60
  • Registration to view webinar only: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
  • Optional written query critique following webinar from agent Alyssa Jennette of Stonesong Literary: $30

Learn from home! A 90-minute webinar on what to stress for success when it comes to querying agents, featuring focus on:

• What to do when an agent’s query instructions are vague
• Keeping it simple: how to stay brief and be heard without coming off as generic
• How to strike a balance between broad appeal and agent-specific
• Honing in on the perfect comp titles
• Putting in the time on your work before querying—and putting in the time on your query itself!

Ten additional written only critiques will be provided by Alyssa Jennette from Stonesong Literary.


About Agent John Cusick of Folio Jr. (Presenter):

John Cusick is a V-P and literary agent with Folio Jr. / Folio Literary Management. He represents a diverse list of bestselling and award-winning creators of picture books, middle-grade, and young adult novels. He is also the author of GIRL PARTS and CHERRY MONEY BABY (Candlewick Press), and the forthcoming DIMENSION WHY: HOW TO SAVE THE UNIVERSE WITHOUT REALLY TRYING (HarperCollins). You can find him online at @johnmcusick, and on his YouTube channel for writers, Agent Brain / Writer Brain.



About Agent Alyssa Jennette of Stonesong Literary (offering written-only critiques following the webinar):

Alyssa Jennette joined Stonesong Literary in June 2015 after interning at Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency. She graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in Illustration. As a result, she has unique insight and expertise when it comes to design-heavy or illustrated works. She went on to teach a graduate course in Creative Writing at MICA in Spring 2019. Alyssa is a very editorial agent; she finds a lot of joy in shaping stories alongside the author and delights in building long-term partnerships. Alyssa represents children’s and adult fiction and picture books, and has dabbled in humor and pop culture nonfiction. She is especially drawn to diverse voices, ensemble casts, and thorough world-building, plus any book with a format that is specific to the story and gives it its own context.


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate.

A recording of the webinar will be available for one month 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 to all registered attendees the morning of the webinar.

Payment options:
-Online with a credit card (processed through PayPal, no account required)

-Online with a PayPal account balance

Those who select the registration option with in-webinar query letter critique must submit their ONE PAGE query letter to by July 2, 2019. Please follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • 1 inch margins all around.
  • The query letter should be ONE PAGE
  • Single space paragraphs, double space between paragraphs
  • DO NOT include your name anywhere on the document.
  • Name your file QueryLetter_your initials. For example, Jane Doe’s file would be called QueryLetter_JD.

Those who select the written only critiques with Alyssa Jennette will receive submission instructions following the live webinar.