Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Awesome Agent Day” with Linda Camacho — Professional Series Meeting

Date(s) - 03/14/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Demaray Hall, Seattle Pacific University
509 West Bertona - Seattle, Washington 98119

March Professional Series Meeting:
Keynote — “Marketer Turned Agent Talks Craft: Writing a Manuscript That Gets and Keeps Everyone’s Attention” — Manuscripts are vetted at so many levels. They pass from the eyes of agents to editors to marketing to sales, and while there are some variables outside of the writer’s control, craft is not one of them. In the end, publishing folks seek the same thing: A good story. Every good story has certain key elements that I looked for as a marketer at Random House and even now as an agent. If the manuscript falters on any of these counts, it’s a pass. In this workshop, I’ll talk about several key story fundamentals that not only grab an agent or editor’s attention, but that of the acquisitions board as well. (1 hour, including Q & A).
The professional series meeting will be followed in the afternoon and evening with a Master Class Workshop and Roundtable Critiques (Separate Registration Required).
Meetings are $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Tickets can be purchased at the door with cash or check. You may also purchase a Passport to the Professional Meeting Series at a significant discount ($44 for members, $88 for non-members):
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Master Class Workshop: “Starting and Ending Stories with a Bang” — Writers often agonize over the middle of the novel–so much so that they sometimes forget to focus on the bookends of the story. The beginning of the narrative sets up a promise to the reader and the ending is meant to fulfill it. This workshop will provide you with the tools to grab the reader with that opening and leave them satisfied with the finale. (2-1/2 hours)

Roundtable Workshop Critiques — Linda will work with a table of creators to critique the first few pages of their MG or YA manuscript, the entirety of a picture book manuscript (up to 500 words), 1 to 2-page book synopsis, or 1-page query letter. Two roundtable sessions will be scheduled on Saturday evening, from 6-7:30 and 8-9:30 pm.