Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Marrying Words and Pictures: What Self-published Writers Need to Know about Hiring and Working with an Illustrator (and Vice Versa)

Date(s) - 09/09/2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Webinar: Marrying Words and Pictures: What Self-published Writers Need to Know about Hiring and Working with an Illustrator (and Vice Versa) with Cheryl Mendenhall
90-minute Webinar

Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at 7 PM Eastern/6 PM Central/5 PM Mountain/4 PM Pacific

Registration to view webinar live and access recording: SCBWI Members: $15; Non-members: $25
Registration to access recording only: SCBWI Members: $15; 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 critiques following webinar: 

  • Picture book (fiction) manuscript critique, illustrator portfolio review, or picture book dummy critique: $70.00

About the webinar:

Designed for both writers considering self-publishing and illustrators looking to take on self-published jobs, this presentation will give an overview of the process and pitfalls of co-creating an illustrated book. Topics covered will include formulating a business plan, finding/choosing an illustrator, setting expectations, pricing and kill fees, rights and contracts, scheduling, project stages, the revision process, and final formatting. Participants will come away with tips for acting professionally, fostering creativity, and negotiating differences. We may also touch on the whens and hows of bringing in related contractors, such as graphic designers, artists reps, and scanning/pre-press services.

About the presenter:

Cheryl Mendenhall is a longtime SCBWI member, Photoshop Geek, and lover of quirky, whimsical storytelling. She studied illustration at Washington University in St. Louis and Art Center College of Design. Her work has appeared in Highlights and other magazines, a cowboy-themed board book, beginning readers, and decades of educational materials. She lives on a lake in Germantown, MD with her physicist husband, a tabby named Spot, and whatever wild critters stop by to nibble on the garden. To see more, check out her representative, Cornell & Company, or cheryl-mendenhall-illustration.comCritiquingPicture books-fiction; Picture book dummy; Illustrator portfolio review.


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 8.  Registration for recording access will close on September 9.

If you do not see an option to register for the live webinar below, that means this ticket is sold out. You may still register to receive recording access. The 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 on the morning of the webinar and access information on the recording will be sent out the following day.

Those who select add-on critiques must submit their critique material by September 17, 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.