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This year's conference offers multiple options to have your writing and/or illustration reviewed by an industry professional.

One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Reviews: 

One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Critiques will take place throughout the day during the conference on Friday, September 15 & Saturday, September 16 at the BP Energy + Conference Center. These reviews work best for complete and polished manuscripts; for authors seeking industry professionals review on their craft, style, plot, and pacing; and for those wishing to have a larger excerpt of their manuscript reviewed.

How it works:
    • Check the Optional One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Review selection on your conference registration.
    • Pricing for One-on-One Manuscript Excerpt Reviews starts at $65 for members of AWG / 49 Writers / SCBWI, or $85 for Non-Members.
    • Conference faculty will offer reviews of up to 10 double-spaced pages of your manuscript, in addition to a one-page optional synopsis or query letter, submitted no later than midnight on Monday, July 31. Your assigned faculty member will review the manuscript excerpt prior to their arrival, then meet privately with you in a one-on-one setting during the conference to discuss and analyze your work for fifteen (15) minutes.
    • Up to three (3) manuscript excerpts per attendee will be accepted
How to prepare your manuscript excerpt for submission:
    • All manuscript excerpts and query letters/synopses should be in 12 point Times New Roman font with 1-inch margins.
    • Submit no more than ten (10) double-spaced pages of your manuscript
    • In addition to your manuscript excerpt, you have the option to include a one-page, single-spaced synopsis or query letter.
    • Include your name, your manuscript's title, and page numbers on all pages of your manuscript, with your full contact information on the first page.
    • Send all material for each manuscript submission as a SINGLE .doc or .docx document (for example, if you are sending a query letter along with your manuscript excerpt, both need to be in the same document).
    • Name your file as a combination of your name and the name of the submission. For instance, a submission entitled Glass Houses by John Throwstones would be named: Throwstones, Glass Houses.docx
    • Please note that no text from the body of your email will be sent to the critiquing faculty, only your attached document.

How to submit your manuscript excerpt:

    • Send all submissions as an email attachment to bahartman@me.com no later than midnight on Monday, July 31. Submissions received after July 31 will not be sent to faculty for critique, and your fee(s) will not be refunded. 
    • In the subject line of your email, type “Conference Manuscript Review.”
    • In the body of the e-mail, clearly type your full name as you used for your conference registration (please don't use your pseudonym, unless it is the same name you used for your conference registration).
    • Indicate the type of writing and age group for the submission, such as nonfiction short story, young adult science fiction novel, picture book, etc.
    • List your first and second choice of faculty reviewer for each manuscript submission. We cannot guarantee faculty critique assignments.

2017 Critiquing Faculty Include:

    • Stephanie Pitts, Editor, G.P. Putnam's Sons
    • Nicole Resciniti, Agent, The Seymour Agency
    • Paul Lucas, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit 

Friday Roundtable Critiques for Authors & Illustrators

Roundtable Critiques will take place on Friday, September 15 from 12:30 - 2:30pm at the BP Energy + Conference Center. These reviews work well for manuscripts that are works-in-progress, an idea or writing style you're looking for feedback on, a picture book you've created a dummy for, an art style you're looking for feedback on, or for attendees who register for the conference after the One on One manuscript excerpt critique deadline has passed but still wish to receive feedback on their writing or illustrations.

How it works:

  • Check the Optional Friday Roundtable Critique selection on your conference registration, and choose which conference faculty you'd wish to have review your work based on the genre and age group of your writing.
  • Pricing: Roundtable Critiques start at $45 for members of AWG / RWA / SCBWI, or $65 for Non-Members.
  • Authors: Come prepared on Friday with ten (10) copies of the first 500 words / approximately one and a half (1.5) pages double-spaced in standard manuscript format of the writing you would like to have reviewed.
  • Author/Illustrators: If you are an author/illustrator with text and illustrations, bring ten (10) copies of up to the first 500 words (1.5 pages double-spaced in standard manuscript format) plus one (1) associated illustration you would like reviewed. 
  • Illustrators: Bring ten (10) copies of either a dummy picture book OR up to three (3) illustrations to have reviewed.
  • Each attendee will have fifteen (15) minutes to read their work aloud and have it reviewed by their table's faculty reviewer. If the faculty member has finished their review before the fifteen minutes is over, they may open it up for other attendees to add their own insight on the excerpt.
  • No printing is available at the BP Conference Center - please print your pages ahead of time.

2017 Roundtable Faculty Include:

  • Stephanie Pitts, Editor, G.P. Putnam's Sons
  • Nicole Resciniti, Agent, The Seymour Agency
  • Paul Lucas, Agent, Janklow & Nesbit 

Additional faculty may be added with demand.

IllustratION ReviewS

  • Roundtable Critiques: Please see the Roundtable Critiques section above.
  • One-on-One Illustration Reviews:  One-on-One Illustration Reviews are available with Stephanie Pitts, Editor of G.P. Putnam's Sons. These can be a review of your entire portfolio or a picture book dummy. To register for a review, select this option in your conference registration. If you wish to have your dummy book critiqued, it will need to be sent by the July 31 deadline to alaska-ra@scbwi.org. For portfolios, please bring these with you to your scheduled appointment time. 
  • Illustrator Portfolio Display: Entry into the Portfolio and Art Show is FREE to all conference attendees. Don't miss this chance to have other attendees and publishing professionals view your work!

For more information about how to prepare your work for review, please email Stefanie Tatalias, 2017 Conference Co-Chair and SCBWI Regional Advisor, at alaska-ra@scbwi.org

For more information on manuscript reviews, email Brooke Hartman at bahartman@me.com



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