Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Show & Tell 2021: An Online Pitch Event

Date(s) - 05/22/2021
9:30 am - 4:30 pm


Illustration by 2021 Graphic Contest winner Molly Schafer

Show & Tell 2021: An Online Pitch Event

Saturday May 22, 2021 from 9:30 AM-4:45 PM Eastern

Make your pitch shine in our new interactive Online Pitch Event! In this event, you will:

-learn about the author/illustrator/agent relationship in an interactive agent panel
-connect with fellow writers in our exclusive event Google Group
-ask your industry-related questions to faculty agents in our Q&A
-participate in our pitch roundtables and have the rare opportunity to get immediate feedback on your pitch directly from agents!

Participants will have the opportunity to query participating agents after the event.

All registrants for this event will also automatically be registered for our March 20 Panel: Let’s Talk About Pitching to Agents, featuring pitching tips from published authors and will have access to the panel recording through May 31.

Registration access for morning panels (includes live event plus 30 days of recording access):

  • SCBWI Member: $20 Early Bird (by March 15); $30 regular
  • Nonmember Admission: $40 Early Bird (by March 15); $50 regular

Add-ons Available:

  • Afternoon breakout roundtables with pitch feedback: $25 per session
  • First page critique: $25
  • Query letter critique: $25
  • Manuscript excerpt (up to 10 pages) critique: $70
  • Portfolio review: $70
  • Picture book or graphic novel dummy critique: $70


Event Schedule:

9:30 AM: Welcome and Overview

10:00-10:45 AM: The Perfect Team: the Author/Agent Relationship: Panel featuring Linda Camacho, Chad Beckerman, and Tara Gonzalez

11:00-11:45 AM: Ask the Agents: Q&A with Jemiscoe Chambers-Black and Ann Rose
11:45 AM: Door prize drawing

Afternoon Roundtable Sessions: Roundtables are limited to 10 people per table. Each attendee will have a total of 5 minutes (2.5 minutes to present their pitch, 2.5 minutes for agent response). You may register for one roundtable during each session.

1:00-2:00 PM: Roundtable Session 1

Roundtable 1A – Chad Beckerman
Roundtable 1B – Linda Camacho
Roundtable 1C – Jemiscoe Chambers-Black
Roundtable 1D – Tara Gonzalez
Roundtable 1E – Ann Rose

2:15-3:15 PM: Roundtable Session 2

Roundtable 2A – Chad Beckerman
Roundtable 2B – Linda Camacho
Roundtable 2C – Jemiscoe Chambers-Black
Roundtable 2D – Tara Gonzalez
Roundtable 2E – Ann Rose

3:30-4:30 PM: Roundtable Session 3

Roundtable 3A – Chad Beckerman
Roundtable 3B – Linda Camacho
Roundtable 3C – Jemiscoe Chambers-Black
Roundtable 3D – Tara Gonzalez
Roundtable 3E – Ann Rose


About the Agents:

Chad Beckerman, The CAT Agency
Agent Chad W. Beckerman brings over 20 years of illustration and design experience to the Agency. After studying illustration as an undergrad at RISD, Chad went on to be a Designer at Scholastic, a Senior Designer at Greenwillow Books, and then became the Creative Director at ABRAMS Kids and Comic Arts, where he spent 13 years overseeing the design of 250 books a year – from picture books, to novels, to graphic novels, and art and entertainment books. Chad is behind the aesthetic for over forty New York Times bestselling and award-winning books including the blockbuster Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kinney, the Caldecott honor and Corretta Scott King Award winning Trombone Story, illustrated by Brian Collier, and the Newbery Medal honor books El Deafo and Heart of the Samurai. He executed the design architecture for countless series including Origami Yoda by Tom Angelberger, The Questioneers (Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist) by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts, Nathan Hale’s Hazardous TalesFrank Einstein by Jon Scieszka and Brian Biggs, The Terrible Two by Mac Barnett and Jory John, The Sisters Grimm and Jared Chapman’s Vegetables in Underwear. Chad’s greatest joy is working with illustrators, and as an agent he is busy curating and cultivating a unique group of artists who are inspiring and innovating in children’s literature. Chad represents illustrators and author/illustrators from all over the globe, who create artwork for all ages and genres. In addition to representing illustrators, Chad offers packaging of picture books, graphic novels and middle-grade series books through his design studio CWB Art & Design ( Critiquing (live over Zoom): Picture book dummies, Graphic novel dummies, Illustrator portfolios.



Linda Camacho, Gallt & Zacker Literary
Linda Camacho is an agent at Gallt & Zacker Literary. She moved over to agenting after holding various positions at Penguin Random House, Dorchester, Simon and Schuster, and Writers House. Linda is looking for MG, YA, and adult fiction across all genres (especially upmarket, women’s fiction/romance, and literary horror). She also has an MFA in creative writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and a short story in the anthology Every Body Shines by Cassandra Newbould. Critiquing: Picture book manuscripts – fiction, Picture book manuscript – nonfiction, Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction, Graphic novel manuscripts, Graphic novel dummies, Picture book dummies.



Jemiscoe Chambers-Black, Associate Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
Before Jemiscoe “Jem” Chambers-Black joined Andrea Brown Literary Agency, she was an Assistant Director for film and television. But her love for books prevailed, and she went back to school to study English Literature and creative writing in fiction and earned her MFA. She represents illustrators, picture book authors (by referral only), MG, YA, and adult authors. Jem is also currently building her list and is mostly on the hunt for MG and YA. She tends to connect more with contemporary, fantasy, literary, mystery and suspense, and romance and Rom-coms for those YA writers. In picture books, she enjoys laugh-out-louds, tight rhyming, and heartfelt books that deal with family, friendships, and emotional literacy. Critiquing: Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction, Graphic novel manuscripts, Graphic novel dummies, Illustrator portfolios.



Tara Gonzalez, Associate Agent, Erin Murphy Literary
Tara Gonzalez is an associate agent, as well as the assistant to Erin Murphy and social media coordinator for EMLA. She’s somehow still located in Florida, although she’s always planning her next big adventure. Beyond an obvious passion for books, Tara loves movies, buying things she probably doesn’t need on Etsy, and getting hooked on TV shows that get cancelled after one season. She has a Broadway addiction and will see as many shows as she physically can whenever she makes it up to New York City. In another life, she’d be the manager of a competitive esports team or potentially the person who wipes the imaginary dust off celebrities on the red carpet. Tara has her master’s degree in Media and Communication Studies and probably shouldn’t go back to school, but is always thinking about it. Critiquing: Chapter books-fiction, Chapter books-nonfiction, Middle grade fiction, Middle grade nonfiction, Young adult fiction, Young adult nonfiction, Novels in verse. 

Ann Rose, Prospect Agency
Ann Rose
is one of Prospect Agency’s newest agents, but she isn’t new to publishing. Over the last few years, she has been exploring this field by working and mentoring with literary agents in various capacities. Everything she has experienced from editorial work to the magic of finding the perfect match between author and editor has hardened her resolve to join this wonderful profession. Now she’s thrilled to be building her own list and is actively seeking clients ready to grow amazing careers with her. Ann’s perfect manuscript is a character driven story that isn’t afraid to push boundaries. She loves an unlikeable character — even though she is incredibly likeable herself! Critiquing: Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction, Poetry/novels in verse, Graphic novel manuscripts, Graphic novel dummies.




Instructions for Illustrators and Author-Illustrators:

Chad Beckerman and Jemiscoe Chambers-Black are prepared to view illustrator portfolios (First Looks) and see sample illustrations to supplement pitches for picture books and graphic novels during the pitch event. If you are an illustrator or author-illustrator, it is recommended that you sign up for their sessions.

If you are planning to include sample illustrations during your pitch time, please submit images to Cheryl Mendenhall at no later than 5/15 at 11.59pm. Submitted images must be in .jpg, .jpeg, .png, or .pdf formats, and 5 MB or less. Participants should submit no more than three images per pitch, and each image should be a separate file (no multi-page pdfs). The volunteer in your roundtable room will screen share these images during your session. Remember that you will have 2.5 minutes to pitch your work, and that your images can be shared simultaneously with your verbal pitch.



To register, select a ticket below.  Once you have selected a ticket, you will have the opportunity to select add-ons, including afternoon roundtable sessions and critiques. SCBWI members must be logged in to access the member rate.

Cancellation policy: No refunds will be given after May 14, 2021.

You may register for one agent’s roundtable during each roundtable session.

You may register for as many critiques as you like. Those who register for critiques will receive submission information via email the day after the live event.

Registration for this event will close on Thursday, May 20, 2021.

Zoom access links will be sent out to all participants on the morning of the event.

Recording access information for the morning panel and Q&A will be sent out to registrants the day after the live event.

Note: If you wish to add on roundtable sessions or critiques after you have registered for the event, please send an email to before May 20 and let us know what you would like to add on. As long as there is space available, we can add it on to your registration manually and send a link where you can pay for it with a credit card. Please send a first, second, and third choice of session times for each agent roundtable you want to add on, in case some have filled.

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