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Webinar: First Pages Webinar with Kat Brzozowski, Senior Editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends

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Date(s) - 11/01/2022
7:00 pm

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First Pages Webinar with Kat Brzozowski, Senior Editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends

90 minute Webinar

Tuesday, November 1, 2022, 7:00 PM Eastern/6:00 PM Central/5:00 PM Mountain/4:00 PM Pacific

  • SCBWI Members: $15
  • Non-members: $25

***Registration for the webinar and critiques will close 5 p.m. on October 30th, 2022.***

Registration with in-webinar first page critique: SCBWI Members: $70.00; Non-members: $90.00

Optional Written Critique following live webinar (Manuscripts, Query, First pages, PB, MG, YA)

  • First page critique (in-webinar): $25  
  • Query Critique: $25
  • Manuscript critique (up to 10 pages from one project/book): $70

The first page of your manuscript can hook an agent or editor right away – or turn them off immediately. In this webinar, Kat Brzozowski, Senior Editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends, gives live feedback on anonymous first pages from picture book, middle grade, and young adult fiction manuscripts. Whether you choose to submit your first pages or just view the feedback our publishing pro offers to others, you’ll gain insights on how to improve your own first pages. Kat is also offering a limited number of 10-page written manuscript critiques following the webinar. (Submission date for critiques will be one week after the webinar to allow participants time to revise using what they have learned.) Webinar participants will also have the opportunity to submit to Kat for a limited time after the event.


About the Presenter:
Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Swoon Reads/Feiwel & Friends. She has edited a wide range of young adult fiction, including Anna-Marie McLemore’s When the Moon was Ours, which received a Stonewall Honor and was longlisted for a National Book Award, and new Fear Street books in R.L. Stine’s best-selling series, which has sold over eighty million copies worldwide. She’s also the editor for Tony Award-winning Leslie Odom Jr’s Failing Up. Kat is looking to acquire young adult fiction across a wide range of genres, especially contemporary, realistic YA with a strong hook; dark, contemporary fiction, mysteries, suspense and thrillers; and sci-fi and fantasy that’s mostly rooted in this world. She is especially interested in YA with crossover appeal, characters from marginalized backgrounds, and strong voices. Kat acquires and edits select picture books and middle grade novels that feel irresistible.

 

 


To register, fill out the form below. SCBWI members MUST be logged in to get the discounted rate. Registration for the webinar and critiques will close 5 p.m. on October 30th, 2022.

International members only: If our payment system isn’t processing your credit card or PayPal payment, email mddewv-ra@scbwi.org to request an alternate method of payment. Please include your name and address in your request.


IN-WEBINAR FIRST PAGE CRITIQUE SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Those who select the registration option with in-webinar first page critique must submit their first pages to mddewv-ra@scbwi.org by October 24th. Please follow these formatting guidelines:

  • Use 12 point Times New Roman font.
  • 1 inch margins all around.
  • The first line of the page should be the title and genre/age range (chapter book, YA fiction, etc.)
  • DO NOT include your name anywhere on the document.
  • This critique is for the first page of a manuscript, not a book. That means that you can include as much of your picture book text as will fit on one page.
  • Name your file FirstPages_your initials. For example, Jane Doe’s file would be called FirstPages_JD.

Instructions for written 10-page manuscript critiques submissions will be sent out following the live webinar to those who register for this option.


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 by the morning of the webinar and access information for the recording will be sent out the following day. Those who purchase critiques will receive submission instructions via email on the day after the live webinar.

NOTE: Please do not sign up for coveted and limited critique slots if you are unable to make the deadlines outlined. We will be unable to issue refunds for missed deadlines.

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Nonmember Registration with in-webinar first page critique - $90.00


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