SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Fabulous First Pages

Date/Time
Date(s) - 09/10/2022
9:00 am - 11:00 am

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Save the date for an exciting SCBWI-Wisconsin virtual event! Fabulous First Pages will take place on Saturday, September 10, 2022 at 9 a.m. (Central Time).

Two agents and an editor will join us to provide comments on the first 300 words of 10 manuscripts. Everyone who registers for this event is welcome to submit a manuscript; 10 of those will be randomly chosen for critique. (See registration information and submission guidelines below.) This is an excellent opportunity to hear from publishing professionals, even if your work is not being critiqued!

Our guests will include:

 

Kayla Cichello is an agent with Upstart Crow Literary open to picture books through YA and illustrators. She’s searching for voices that can make her laugh, and keep her turning the page, but above all else, voices that feel authentic and honest. Some of her clients include Ana Otaru, author of the upcoming picture book MASQUERADE FOR GRANDPA (Atheneum/S&S, 2023), and a follow up in 2024, and author/illustrator Kirbi Fagan, illustrator of SUMMER OF THE TREE ARMY (Sleeping Bear, 2021). You can find more about Kayla’s taste at www.upstartcrowliterary.com.

 

 

 

Esther Cajahuaringa is a senior editor at Union Square Kids and is actively seeking picture books and graphic novels. She loves heartfelt stories filled with humor and that beg to be read aloud. She is looking for more sibling stories, wordless stories, and intergenerational stories. Amongst all of those categories, she is passionate about cultivating diverse authors and illustrators. Esther has her master’s degree in Curriculum & Teaching with an emphasis in literacy from Teachers College, Columbia University. Originally from Southern California, she’s made the East Coast home for the last eight years.

 

 

 

 

Quressa Robinson joined Folio Literary Management in 2022 after working at previous agencies, including the Nelson Literary Agency, and as an editor for five years. She is originally from San Francisco, but has been living in New York City for over a decade. As a New York based agent, she is eager to build her MG, YA, and Adult lists. When not curled on her couch reading, she plays video games, enjoys too much, TV—mostly Sailor Moon and Avatar: The Last Airbender (Fire Nation)—eats delicious things, drinks champagne, hangs out with her very clever partner, and adds another “dramatic” color to her lipstick collection. Quressa is also a member of the 2017-2019 WNDB Walter Grant Committee and holds an MFA in Creative Writing: Fiction from Columbia University. In 2020, she was named a Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch finalist. In 2021 she was named an influential gatekeeper in Book and Film Globe’s inaugural Publishing Power 30 list alongside phenoms like Reese Witherspoon, Celeste Ng, and Lisa Lucas.

 

 

 

Registration will open on July 1 and close on August 31, 2022. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration right away. A Zoom link for the event will be sent via email the day before the event.

Fee: $30 for SCBWI members; $40 for non-members

 

Submission guidelines:

After you have registered, you may send the first 300 words of your manuscript to Deb Buschman at wisconsin-ra@scbwi.org. All submissions must be received by July 15, 2022 to be included in the drawing. Ten of the submitted manuscripts will be chosen at random to be read aloud during the event. However, all registered participants will have the opportunity to submit to the agents/editor after the event, whether or not your submission was read aloud during the event itself. This is a great perk, since the agents and editor are often otherwise closed to submissions.

Pease note that manuscript submission is for registered participants only. Please follow these guidelines:

-Include the title of your manuscript and the genre (picture book, chapter book, middle grade or young adult), but do not include your name (submission will be chosen anonymously)

-Include the first 300 words maximum, not including the title (if your manuscript has art notes, those words are included in the maximum word count, so be sure to make them brief)

-Format your submission with the title at the top, in Times New Roman, double-spaced with 1 inch margins

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