FOR AUTHORS & AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATORS
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We are thrilled to be welcoming a host of industry professionals to the SCBWI British Isles Conference 2022 and can offer a limited number of 15 minute 1-1 reviews with agents and editors. We have confirmed slots with the following:
| Kesia Lupo SOLD OUT
Chicken House Books
|Kesia is seeking middle-grade and YA fiction only, across all genres including contemporary, romance, fantasy, horror and sci fi. She’s especially interested in finding underrepresented voices and stories.|
| Arabella Stein SOLD OUT
The Bright Agency
|Representing award-winning and best-selling illustrators and authors, both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a strong narrative.|
Full bios can be found on the Faculty page
How to Book a Review
To book a Professional Review please register your interest when you buy your conference ticket. You will then be sent an email with the option to purchase a 1-1. Through this link you will have the opportunity to request a specific agent or editor and the time slot you prefer. Once you have booked your slot, changes cannot be made so please read the ‘wish lists’ above carefully before booking to ensure you make the right choice.
Bookings for 1-1 reviews officially open on Monday 12th September and close on Wednesday 24th October. The cost of this 15-minute writers’ review will be £40 for SCBWI members (£45 non-members). If you did not register your interest in a 1-1 when booking for the conference but would now like details, please email Sean at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Detailed submission information will be sent by email to all those who secure a 1-1 slot at the conference from Camilla Chester, Conference 1-1 Coordinator (please ensure you check your junk mail boxes) and the deadline for sending your submission package is Midnight on 3oth October.
Submissions can be either a full picture book text or the first chapter and synopsis of a young fiction, middle grade or young adult novel of no more than a 2k word count in total (work-in-progress is fine – does not need to be complete).
Final Note: Please keep a note of your selected slot time (although reminders will be posted at the conference venue).
If you have any questions/queries about 1-1s at the SCBWI conference, that are not answered by our FAQs, authors please email:
Camilla at email@example.com
FOR ILLUSTRATORS & AUTHOR/ ILLUSTRATORS
Calling all you illustrators out there! As you’re busily booking your place for this year’s incredible conference, please take a few moments to read through these notes if you are considering having a portfolio review.
This is your chance to meet an industry professional who will review, discuss and give you invaluable feedback on your portfolio, sketchbooks and mock-up picture books. The illustrator 1-1s will be with either an agent, art-director, commissioning editor or experienced illustrator. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of the industry professionals who shape modern publishing. Their expertise and knowledge can help you to improve your work and your portfolio at whatever stage you are in your career, whether you are published or pre-published.
1. When the Professional Review bookings open on Monday 12th September, all attendees who have registered their interest with their conference booking will be sent an email with the option to purchase a 1-1 session. Through this link you may sign up for a pre-paid review, consisting of 20 minutes of individual feedback from an appropriate agent, art director, commissioning editor, or an experienced illustrator.
2. Deadline for booking a review is Monday 24th October 2022 (although slots often sell out long before the deadline).
3. Please bring to the conference a maximum of two of the following that you would like reviewed:
• A portfolio of up to 15 printed samples of your work
• One book dummy with rough illustrations plus text
• Up to two finished picture book texts
• One developed storyboard with thumbnail illustrations plus text up to 5 pages (maximum 50 frames) of a graphic novel or comic book project
• A digital test or storyboard for one ebook or app
(Please note, portfolios, dummies and storyboards may be displayed either in physical form or digitally e.g. on an iPad.)
4. If in the unlikely event we cannot secure a reviewer for you, we will offer you a refund.
The 20-minute review will cost £40 for SCBWI members (£45 for non-members).
Remember the 1-1 reviews are very popular so we recommend you purchase your conference ticket and sign up early to avoid disappointment.
To help us provide you with the most appropriate reviewer for your work, we will contact you once your conference application is confirmed and ask you to provide jpg samples of your submissions in addition to a short bio or web link. Please submit this by Sunday 30th October.
The industry professionals attending this year’s conference and opting to provide reviews are:
| Arabella Stein
Agent at Bright Agency
|Representing award-winning and best-selling illustrators and authors, both established and at the beginning of their careers, Arabella is particularly drawn to artwork with an immediate and unforgettable impact; individual, yet relatable characters and a strong narrative.Arabella is able to inspire and encourage artists and authors – setting up long lasting collaborations with publishers internationally. Arabella is also now leading the literary list at the Bright Agency.|
Penny Holroyde recommends that delegates “show their newest work, in the style they’re currently working in. Due to limited time, varied styles are harder to give useful feedback on.”
For more advice on putting together your portfolio please check out:
• John Shelley’s article in Words & Pictures
• Portfolio Advice
• Surviving your first portfolio review by Jane Heinrichs from Words & Pictures
• Why booking a portfolio review is a great idea from Alex Wilson from Words & Pictures
• Portfolio intensive feedback by Trish Philips
If you have any questions/queries about 1-1s at the SCBWI conference, that are not answered by our FAQs, illustrators, please email:
Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org or
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