SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Written Critiques

Date/Time
Date(s) - 02/07/2020
12:00 am

Category(ies)


ALL CRITIQUES ARE NOW SOLD OUT. 

Don’t miss this chance to get detailed written feedback on your work from an industry professional!

NOTE: This is not a live event.  You will submit your manuscript pages, dummy, or portfolio electronically by February 7, 2020, and will receive a written critique via email by March 13, 2020. You will have the opportunity to ask up to 3 follow-up questions via email after receiving your critique.


Virtual Critiques available from:

Veronica Bartles
Veronica Bartles, author of The Princess and the Frogs and the YA novel Twelve Steps, believes there are many sides to every story, and she’s determined to discover every single one, with the magical question: “What if?” Her workshops and presentations, such as “How to Fracture a Fairy Tale” and “Writing a Cake” are designed to encourage kids of all ages to explore their own creativity. As the MD/DE/WV/VA/DC Read Local Coordinator for the past 4 years, Veronica has worked with many authors, teachers, and librarians to develop engaging and exciting presentations. Find her on Twitter at @vbartles or online at http://vbartles.com/Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction; Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Middle grade fiction; Young adult fiction. (No horror).

 

Kat Brzozowski
Swoon Reads/Feiwal & Friends (Macmillan)
Kat Brzozowski is a senior editor at Swoon Reads and Feiwel & Friends, divisions of the Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group (MCPG). She edits books acquired through the Swoon Reads site as well as acquires books traditionally (through agents and conferences) for Feiwel & Friends. At Feiwel & Friends, her authors include Anna-Marie McLemore (Stonewall Award honoree and National Book Award longlister), Leslie Odom, Jr. (star of “Hamilton”), and Aminah Mae Safi (Not the Girls You’re Looking For). For SwoonReads, she edits a wide range of young adult projects, from contemporary romance to thrillers and beyond.  Kat is passionate about young adult fiction with complicated characters (especially female characters), and is drawn above all to a strong voice, realistic dialogue, and a great hook. She’s also looking for non-fiction for teens and young adults that expose readers to new worlds and new points of view.  Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – nonfiction; Early reader/chapter book fiction; Early reader/chapter book nonfiction; Middle grade fiction; Middle grade nonfiction; Young adult fiction; Young adult nonfiction; Poetry/novels in verse.

 

Tara Gonzalez
Erin Murphy Literary Agency
Tara Gonzalez is an associate agent, as well as the assistant to Erin Murphy and social media coordinator for EMLA. She’s located in Florida, although she’s always looking for an excuse to leave and go on an adventure. Beyond an obvious passion for books, Tara loves movies, cats, buying things she probably doesn’t need on Etsy, and getting hooked on TV shows that get cancelled after one season. Critiquing: Early reader/chapter book fiction, Early reader/chapter book nonfiction, Middle grade fiction, Middle grade nonfiction, Young adult fiction, Young adult nonfiction, Poetry/novels in verse, Graphic novels, Graphic novel dummy.

 

Jim Hoover
Viking Children’s Books
Jim Hoover is an Art Director at Viking Children’s Books who works primarily on Picture Books, Middle Grade, Non Fiction, and Graphic Novels. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Illustration, Jim has been in publishing now for nearly twenty years. He speaks regularly at SCBWI and has designed and art directed hundreds of books including: PICTURE BOOKS: (Tea Party Rules with K. G. Campbell, Shy with Deborah Freedman, Ella with Marcos Chin, Bus! Stop! with James Yang) NOVELS: (Nnedi Okorafor’s Akata Witch books, Max Brallier’s New York Times best-selling series The Last Kids On Earth) NONFICTION: (National Book Award Finalist Elizabeth Partridge’s, Marching For Freedom, Printz Award-winning John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth and Boots On the Ground: America’s War In Vietnam, and the children’s book adaptation of Al Gore’s An Inconvenient TruthCritiquing: Graphic novel dummy; Picture book dummy; Illustrator portfolio review.

 

Kathy MacMillan
Kathy MacMillan (she/her) is a writer, American Sign Language interpreter, librarian, signing storyteller, and avowed Hufflepuff. She writes picture books (the Little Hands Signing series, Familius Press), children’s nonfiction (She Spoke: 14 Women Who Raised Their Voices and Changed the World, Familius Press), and young adult fantasy (Sword and Verse and Dagger and Coin, both HarperTeen). She has also published many resource books for educators, librarians, and parents. Kathy serves as the co-Regional Advisor for the Maryland/Delaware/West Virginia Region of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She lives in Baltimore, MD. Find her online at www.kathymacmillan.comCritiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction, Picture book manuscript – nonfiction, Early reader/chapter book fiction, Early reader/chapter book nonfiction, Middle grade fiction, Middle grade nonfiction, Young adult fiction, Young adult nonfiction.

 

Regan Winter
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Prior to joining Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Regan worked as a sales assistant with IglooBooks, selling mass market picture, novelty, and select adult nonfiction books across the country. Now Regan is an editorial assistant for licensing, brand, and media tie-ins as well as trade picture books, various intellectual property projects, and graphic novels. She has assisted on licensing programs such as My Little Pony, picture books by Ame Dyckman, and The New York Times bestselling Magic Misfits series by Neil Patrick Harris. Regan is open to books for all ages and genres, particularly MG and YA titles that feature strong voices and interesting, off-beat characters. Critiquing: Picture book manuscript – fiction, Early reader/chapter book fiction, Middle grade fiction, Young adult fiction, Graphic novels, Graphic novel dummy, Picture book dummy. (No historical fiction or high fantasy.)

 


Manuscript critiques

What you’ll submit: The first 10 pages of your manuscript, double-spaced and following formatting guidelines which will be sent to you after your registration is confirmed. (Note: Picture book/board book authors may submit one manuscript only. A picture book or board book manuscript is considered one submission, though it will probably be much fewer than 10 pages. If your submission is fewer than 10 pages, you may also include a cover letter if you wish.) Detailed submission instructions will be sent to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: Written feedback using the SCBWI Gold Form. You will receive feedback via email by March 13, 2020.

Who offers these critiques:

Picture book/board book manuscripts – fiction:

  • Veronica Bartles
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Regan Winter

Picture book/board book manuscripts – nonfiction:

  • Veronica Bartles
  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Kathy MacMillan

Early reader/chapter book fiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Regan Winter (no historical fiction or high fantasy)

Early reader/chapter book nonfiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Kathy MacMillan

Middle grade fiction:

  • Veronica Bartles (no horror)
  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Regan Winter (no historical fiction or high fantasy)

Middle grade nonfiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Kathy MacMillan

Young adult fiction:

  • Veronica Bartles (no horror)
  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Kathy MacMillan
  • Regan Winter (no historical fiction or high fantasy)

Young adult nonfiction:

  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Kathy MacMillan

Poetry/novels in verse:

  • Kat Brzozowski
  • Tara Gonzalez

Graphic novel manuscripts:

  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Regan Winter (no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 


 Illustrator Portfolio Reviews and Dummy Critiques

What you’ll submit: For a portfolio review, you will submit up to 20 images either as a link to your website portfolio or as a single pdf file. For a graphic novel or picture book dummy critique, you will submit your dummy as a single pdf file.  Detailed submission instructions will be sent to those who register for critiques. You do not need to submit anything now.

What you’ll receive: You will receive feedback via email by March 13, 2020.

Who offers these critiques:

Illustrator portfolio reviews:

  • Jim Hoover

Picture book dummies:

  • Jim Hoover
  • Regan Winter

Graphic novel dummies:

  • Tara Gonzalez
  • Jim Hoover
  • Regan Winter (no historical fiction or high fantasy)

 


To take advantage of this opportunity:

1. Register and pay at the bottom of this page.

2. You will receive an automatic confirmation once your payment and registration are complete.

3. Manuscript/portfolio submission guidelines will be sent out to all registrants via email on February 3, and February 5. A final reminder will be sent on February 7. All submissions must be received in the proper format by February 7, 2020.

 

The last day to register for critiques is February 5, 2020.

No refunds for critiques will be given after February 1, 2020.

All credit card payments are processed via PayPal. To pay online, please select “Pay with PayPal” to enter your credit card or pay with a PayPal balance.

 

 ALL CRITIQUES ARE NOW SOLD OUT.

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