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Saturday March 16, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM PDT

Registration 9:00 AM to 9:30 AM

Program 9:30 AM to 4:30 PM
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Contact - Wait List

Francesca Rusackas
SCBWI Regional Advisor
SoCalAuthor@gmail.com or zfrancesca@aol.com 

Q. L. Pearce                                     SCBWI Assistant RA qlpearce@earthlink.net

Priscilla Burris                             National Illustrator Coordinator burrisdraw@sbcglobal.net 

Mailing address for checks, critiques,dummies, first pages is:                 SCBWI - Francesca Rusackas                 4195 Chino Hills Pkwy, #381                 Chino Hills, Ca 91709

Speakers:

Stephen Fraser Literary Agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary, Stephen has been voted top agent for both picture books and middle grade fiction. He has more than twenty-five years’ editorial experience.

Susan Hawk Literary Agent at The Bent Agency. Susan represents picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA. Susan is actively building her client list. Literary YA and MG in the areas of mystery, sci-fi, historical fiction and humor, as well as author-illustrators are of particular interest.  

Kerry Sparks Literary Agent at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency. Kerry represents picture books, middle grade and YA.  She is looking for Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction, both commercial and literary, with the perfect combination of a great hook and solid writing.

Taylor Martindale is a new member of Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. She began agenting with the Sandra Dijkstra Literary Agency and is a graduate of The College of William and Mary, where she studied English and Hispanic Studies. Taylor is looking for young adult fiction, literary middle grade fiction, women's fiction, and select non-fiction projects. She is interested in finding unique and unforgettable voices in contemporary, historical and/or multicultural novels. She is looking for books that demand to be read whether the stories are light-hearted or address important issues (she adores both). More than anything, Taylor is looking for character-driven stories that bring the world vividly to life and voices that refuse to be ignored. 

Anna Olswanger Literary Agent from Liza Dawson Associates and Sara Scuito Literary Agents from Full Circle Literary. Once the critique spots have all been filled Anna and Sara have generously agreed to critique off-site any overflow manuscripts that we may have. Though Anna and Sara won't be at the conference, your valuable written critique will be available at the event.

Anna Olswaner has been an agent with Liza Dawson Associates for seven years. She focuses on adult nonfiction and children's books from picture books to YAs, and especially enjoys working with author-illustrators. Although she rarely takes on novels, she's intrigued by historical fiction (especially mysteries), ghost stories, stories with animals as the protagonists, Southern settings, Judaica and Israel. Anna has sold to Balzer & Bray, Bloomsbury, Boyds Mills Press, Delacorte, F+W Media, Marshall Cavendish, Chronicle, Cinco Puntos, Dutton, Eerdmans, Greenwillow, Houghton Mifflin, McElderry, Pelican, Penguin Classics, Pomegranate, Random House, Sleeping Bear Press, Star Bright, and Wiley.

Sara Sciuto is very actively building her list with a focus on middle grade and young adult, in particular, dystopian, science fiction, fantasy, gothic/thriller/horror, historical, and unique paranormal. She also enjoys contemporary stories with a strong, authentic voice (but no chick-lit, please). She has a particular soft spot for gritty narratives, anything with international or regional locales, period settings, and anything with artistic themes. Sara is also looking for standout picture books, especially those with a quirky or humorous narrative. She's also considering select nonfiction in the areas of craft, design, how-to, lifestyle, and pop culture.

 

What is the refund policy? For a refund please email a written notice to Francesca Rusackas. A service charge of $25 will be applicable. No refunds for program changes or if you are receiving a manuscript - dummy critique or if request is made after February 16th, 2013.  Returned check fee is $35.00.

Where

Newport Sea Base 
1931 W. Coast Highway
Newport Beach, CA 92663
 


 
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              SCBWI - OC AGENT'S DAY 

Sorry, Agent's Day is sold out  - To be

placed on the Wait List email Francesca

The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is pleased to offer you a spectacular program filled with opportunities to connect with outstanding literary agents. 

Join us harbor side for OC Agent’s Day on Saturday, March 16th, 2013 at the beautiful Newport Sea Base in Newport Beach, 1931 W. Coast Highway, Newport Beach, CA 92663. 

Opportunities include: Agent presentations, Agent Picks, written manuscript critiques and picture book dummy critiques, two First Pages Panels and the very popular Dish and Dessert - Which includes a small group discussion with each agent.

Following Agent's Day our attendees will have the opportunity to submit one manuscript for consideration to each agent. This conference is open to published and unpublished authors and illustrators. Come out and join us. Give your career the boost that it deserves! 

Our Agents include;

Stephen Fraser Literary Agent at Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency

Susan Hawk Literary Agent at The Bent Agency

Taylor Martindale Literary Agent at Full Circle Literary  

Kerry Sparks Literary Agent at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency 

Overflow Critique Agents: Anna Olswanger from Liza Dawson Associates and Sara Scuito from Full Circle Literary

Bios;

Stephen Fraser is a literary agent with the Jennifer De Chiara Literary Agency in New York City, a full-service agency which handles both juvenile and adult books. One of his clients, Margi Preus, won the Newbery Honor Medal for her novel, Heart of a Samurai (Abrams/Amulet); another client, Carol Lynch Williams, won the prestigious PEN International Award for  her young adult novel Glimpse (Paula Wiseman/Simon & Schuster); and another client, Matthew J. Kirby, won both the Edgar award for best juvenile mystery and the PEN USA award for his middle grade novel, Icefall (Scholastic). Stephen has been voted top agent for both picture books and middle grade fiction. He has more than twenty-five years’ editorial experience, including both HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, and Scholastic. He edited such creative talents as Mary Engelbreit, Gail Gibbons, Michael Hague, Ann Rinaldi, Kathryn Lasky, Brent Hartinger, Stephen Mitchell, Dan Gutman, Gregory Maguire, and Daniel Pinkwater. A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, he has a Master’s Degree in Children’s Literature from Simmons College in Boston. Stephen is a popular speaker at writer’s conferences throughout the country.

Susan Hawk joined The Bent Agency in 2010, and represents picture books, chapter books, middle grade and YA, and is actively building her client list.  Literary YA and MG in the areas of mystery, sci-fi, historical fiction and humor, as well as author-illustrators are of particular interest.  Susan isn’t the best match for paranormal or high fantasy.  Before becoming an agent, Susan worked for over fifteen years marketing children’s books, most recently as Director of Marketing for Henry Holt Books for Young Readers, and before that, as Director of Library Marketing at Penguin Books for Young Readers.  She created marketing for many award-winning children’s books, such as Eric Carle's Baby Bear, Baby Bear to Betsy Partridge's This Land Was Made for You and Me, as well as the work of Mary E. Pearson, Richard Peck and Joan Bauer.  

Taylor Martindale  is a new member of Full Circle Literary, actively acquiring fiction and non-fiction projects. - See side bar for bio.

Kerry Sparks has been at Levine Greenberg Literary Agency since early 2008 and represents picture books, middle grade and YA.  She is looking for Young Adult and Middle-Grade fiction, both commercial and literary, with the perfect combination of a great hook and solid writing. She tends to shy away from werewolves, zombies, faeries, and the like, but she’ll read anything with a fresh voice and compelling characters. She is particularly keen on contemporary YA, quirky MG, books with a strong cinematic element. Her clients include National Book Award Finalist Carrie Arcos, YA author of Out of Reach; Jenny Lundquist middle grade author of Seeing Cinderella and the forthcoming Plastic Polly; and author/illustrator Mark Pett (The Girl Who Never Made Mistakes and the forthcoming series of wordless picture books) to name a few. She is in the business of building careers and loves to build debut authors. 

Overflow Critique Agents: Anna Olswanger from Liza Dawson Associates and Sara Scuito from Full Circle Literary. See side bar for bios.

Conference Details

Written manuscript critiques, picture book dummy critiques, agent presentations, First Pages Panels and the very popular Dish and Dessert which includes a small group discussion with each agent is available to all registered attendees (deadlines apply for critiques). 

Following Agent's Day our attendees will have the opportunity to submit one manuscript for consideration to each agent.

Light morning refreshments (juice, pastries and fruit) and afternoon dessert will be provided. Bring your own lunch and enjoy networking harbor side, or walk to nearby restaurants with other attendees. A Restaurant Guide will be provided. If desired please bring your own coffee/tea. Starbucks is located nearby.

Overflow Manuscript Critiques Spots Are available

The critique spots have all been filled. But Literary Agent Anna Olswanger from Liza Dawson Associates and Sara Sciuto from Full Circle Literary has generously agreed to critique off-site any overflow manuscripts that we may have.  

Attendees have the opportunity to submit pages for an agent critique for an additional $45 (non-members add $10). You may submit up to 10 pages (double-spaced, 12 point font) and a one page synopsis of midgrade or young adult novel, or full manuscript of a picture book for critique. Please have your name, genre (MG, YA, PB)  written at the top of your manuscript. Manuscripts must be postmarked by February 1st, 2013. Because this is a popular offer, critiques will be offered for those mailed by February 1st, or until spots are filled, whichever comes first, so it is wise to send early. We will only accept one manuscript or dummy per attendee, and we’ll post online when we’ve reached the maximum number of critiques. Your written critique will be given to you at the event. Please make sure that your name on your manuscript matches your attendee name.

Picture Book Dummy Critiques - Sold Out

Author/illustrator attendee will have the opportunity to submit a picture book dummy for an agent critique for an additional $65 (non-members add $10). Your dummy should NOT be bigger than 8 1/2" by 11".  No original art will be accepted. Send copies only. Please write your name and email address on the back of your dummy. Dummy must be postmarked by February 1st, 2013. Because this is a popular offer, critiques will be offered for those mailed by February 1st, or until spots are filled, whichever comes first, so it is wise to send early. We will only accept one dummy per attendee, and we’ll post online when we’ve reached the maximum number of critiques. Your critique will be given to you at the event. Please make sure that your name on your dummy matches your attendee name. Any questions concerning a picture book dummy please contact the National Illustrator Coordinator Priscilla Burris at; Burrisdraw@sbcglobal.net 

First Pages – Agent’s Panel
Does your first page work? Will it get attention? Send along a copy of the opening page of your manuscript for our First Pages Panel. Prepare the page as you would for submission. First Pages will be picked randomly, read out loud and critiqued by our panel of agents. Mail 5 copies of your first page by March 10th, 2013.

Mail checks, critiques, dummy and first pages to (please do NOT send it registered) :                            

SCBWI - Francesca Rusackas 

 4195 Chino Hills Pkwy, #381                            

Chino Hills, Ca 91709


Agent's Pick - Special Opportunity

Each agent will pick a manuscript or picture book dummy from the group that they have critiqued and the agent will meet with the author privately. Author and illustrators will be notified at morning registration.

Dish & Dessert
Each attendee will have the opportunity to meet every agent in an informal, small –group Q & A session. 

Agent's Day Event Fees

SCBWI Member Fee $105.00 by February 21, 2013 after add $10

Non-member Fee $115.00 by February 21, 2013 after add $10

Manuscript or Dummy Critique for SCBWI Members $45 for ms and $65 for Dummy (must be postmarked by 2/01/13)   

Manuscript or Dummy Critique for non-members $55 for ms and $75 for Dummy (must be postmarked by 2/01/13)   

Registration confirmations will be e-mailed. If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail Francesca at; SoCalAuthor@gmail.com

Parking is VERY limited at the Newport Sea Base. Please carpool whenever possible.

If paying by check you MUST mail your check in within 3 days of registering. An email will be sent when your check has been received. We can not hold any spots without payment.

To register using a credit card, Paypal or to register by check, click the following Register Now! link below  You don't need your own Paypal account to pay with a debit or credit card. Our Paypal will securely process your debit, credit card and your own Paypal payment.