SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

2018 AT A GLANCE

6th March 2018 Agent/Editor 121 event with Julia Churchill, Thérèse Coen, Chloe Sackur.  Q & A What Are Editors and Agents looking for? 7.30 – 9pm, at The Lukin, 4 Conway Mews, London W1T 6BB

18th April 2018, 6.30 –  9 pm The City Lit: From Writer to Author – the Sweat Behind the Success. Panel event with authors Kathryn Evans and Sue Wallman and their agents, exploring the writer’s journeys to publication and beyond.

3rd July 2018, 6.30 – 9 pm The City Lit: Writing Other Lives – panel discussion. How do authors approach writing authentically about characters from backgrounds different to their own snd how do authors, agents and editors ensure these stories accurately represent individuals and communities in a sensitive manner?

6th September 2018, 6.30 – 9 pm The City Lit: Dos and Don’ts of an Agent Submission letter – workshop wth Felicity Trew

Come along to an INDUSTRY INSIDERS event and you will have a wonderful opportunity to socialise with other people from the children’s book world and gain vital information from industry professionals. 

It’s the perfect way to find out more about what literary agents and publishers are looking for right now. Our panel events provide interesting discussion between published authors, commissioning editors and literary agents.  There’s always plenty of Q and A time  to give you a chance to ask any questions.

FORTHCOMING EVENTS

What Agents & Editors Look For in a Submission

with LONDON – 1-2-1 Agent/Editor feedback (SOLD OUT)

6th March 7 pm onwards, The Lukin, Conway Street, London W1T 6 BB

1-2-1s ARE ALL SOLD OUT

WE ARE STILL BOOKING PANEL ONLY TICKETS

Following the popularity and success of last year’s event, we are again offering SCBWI members a chance to receive 1-2-1 feedback from a leading industry agent or editor on a sample of their manuscript or a picture book.

The 15-minute 1-2-1 sessions will be followed by a panel session around “What Agents & Editors Look for in a Submission”, which is open to non members.

This year we are very happy to be working with top agents Thérèse Cohen (Hardman & Swainson), Julia Churchill (A.M.Heath) and Felicity Trew (Caroline Sheldon) as well as leading editor Chloe Sackur (Andersen Press). For details please see the bios below.

A 1-2-1 feedback session costs £30, which includes the panel discussion. This is available to SCBWI members only. Members may attend the panel discussion without signing up for a 1-2-1 session at a cost of £8. Non members may attend the panel discussion at a cost of £12.

To submit either middle grade or YA work please send the first 10 pages of your manuscript and a short synopsis. Julia Churchill and Felicity Trew are also available to provide feedback sessions on picture books. When submitting for feedback on a picture book, please send the full manuscript. Submissions should be addressed to london@britishscbwi.org to be received NO LATER THAN February 7, 2018. When you register, please write to london@britishscbwi.org stating which industry professional you would like to read your work and if there are any times you are unable to attend. Sessions run in fifteen-minute slots between 4.30 to 7pm and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so we cannot guarantee that these preference can be met. We will write back with details of your allotted time slot and agent.

THÉRÈSE COEN

Born and raised in Belgium, on a diet of frites and Tintin, I moved to England in my late teens with my family, and then stayed in London to do a History degree and Masters at University College London. Having been brought up bilingual, speaking French and Dutch, then picking up German and obviously English later on, translation rights seemed like a very logical next step. My first job in publishing was just down the road at Bloomsbury Publishing on Bedford Square, where I started as an intern and left as Rights Executive. I later hopped across the square to work at Ed Victor ltd. where I was lucky enough to learn from one of the most renowned and experienced literary agents in the world, handling huge celebrity titles alongside Booker-prize winning authors.

I have been building my own list of authors alongside selling translation rights since early 2016, which is something I am very excited to be continuing to do at Hardman & Swainson. I have hugely enjoyed this other side of publishing, and working from authors right from the book’s conception, while also experiencing the thrill of selling my own authors’ works in the UK and US as well as in translation to publishers across the globe. I think it’s the perfect job!

JULIA CHURCHILL

 

Julia Churchill joined A.M.Heath in 2013 to run the children’s department. She’s always on the lookout for new writing talent, looking for debut and established authors with storytelling magic, from picture book texts right up to YA fiction.

 

 

 

FELICITY TREW

Talented, enthusiastic and energetic, Felicity Trew is keenly building up a list of children’s writers and illustrators at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. Clients she already represents include Joseph Coelho, Swapna Haddow, Sheena Dempsey, Sandra Dieckmann, Zehra Hicks and Yuval Zommer. Felicity has a particular love for quirky and imaginative children’s books. Dream projects to arrive on her desk would be: a spellbinding novel of our time, a bold UK teen voice to rival the likes of John Green and Holly Smale, an accessible, well-plotted (and don’t hold back on the funny!) middle grade book, and a picture book classic of the future à la The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Felicity is also on a mission to find extraordinary illustrators who capture the life of their characters and have a real love of story-telling at the heart of their artwork. Felicity was nominated one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2016.

CHLOE SACKUR

Chloe Sackur is Commissioning Editor for Andersen Press, an independent publisher of children’s books. She began her career in adult non-fiction, before quickly making the leap to children’s fiction as an editorial assistant at Stripes Publishing. Chloe has been at Andersen for four years, in which time she has worked with award-winning and much-loved authors including Michael Rosen, Melvin Burgess, Tony Ross and Susin Nielsen. Chloe commissions and edits books for children aged from 5 years old up to young adults. She looks for an original storytelling voice, imagination and humour, and most of all, passion.

1-2-1 sessions run between 4.30 and 7pm

Panel discussion runs from 7.30 to 9pm

Cost:        £30 for 1-2-1 plus panel discussion. SCBWI members only.

£8 to attend panel discussion only – SCBWI members.

£12 to attend panel discussion only – non members.

PLEASE NOTE: SUBMISSIONS MUST BE RECEIVED NO LATER FEBRUARY 9, 2018

From Writer to Author – how they got published and how you can do it too

6.30 pm to 9 pm 18th April, Room 106, The City Lit, 1 – 10 Keeley Street London WC2B 4BA

Join us at the City Lit, room 106, for our Industry Insiders panel event with SCBWI Crystal Kite winner Kathryn Evans and Zoella Book Club author, Sue Wallman and their literary agents, Sophie Hicks and Becky Bagnell. We’ll be discussing the YA authors’ journeys to publication and beyond. Doors open at 6.30 pm, talk starts at 7pm. Tickets cost £12 for SCBWI members, £18 for non-members, and include a glass of wine or juice.

Speakers’ Biographies

Kathryn Evans

Described by Book Trust Scotland as the Poster Girl for Tenacity, Kathryn Evans took a long time to get her first publishing deal. Her agent, Sophie Hicks, kept her sane and motivated for a good chunk of that time.  Kathryn’s debut, More of Me, was published by Usborne in 2016 – it was nominated for the Carnegie medal, won the Edinburgh International Book Festival First Book Award and the SCBWI Crystal Kite for UK and Ireland. More of Me has been shortlisted for multiple awards and has sold rights around the world. Kathryn is a popular speaker in schools, runs a farming business, fences competitively and belly dances for fun. In her spare time she’s Co-Regional Advisor responsible for finance for SCBWI British Isles.

 

Sue Wallman

Sue Wallman is a former journalist who now works in a secondary school library. In 2013 she won the Woman’s Prize for Fiction First Chapter Award. Her debut YA thriller, Lying About Last Summer, was published by Scholastic UK in 2016 and was selected for the WHSmith/Zoella Book Club. Her second, See How They Lie, was published in 2017, and was a Tesco book of the month. Your Turn to Die will be published in May.

 

 

Becky Bagnell

Becky Bagnell is the founder and director of the Lindsay Literary Agency whose award-winning authors have been translated into multiple languages around the world. Previously Becky worked as an editor at Macmillan Books where, amongst other titles, she commissioned the first book by adventurer Bear Grylls. Authors include: Pamela Butchart, Sue Wallman, Sam Gayton and Ruth Hatfield.

Sophie Hicks

 Sophie Hicks started her own agency in 2014 after 25 years at Ed Victor Ltd where she worked first in foreign rights before starting her list and becoming Managing Director in 1999. Her authors have been New York Times and Sunday Times bestsellers on both the adult and children’s lists, have been shortlisted for or won many prizes including the Costa Book Award, Carnegie Medal, Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize, Waterstone’s Children’s Book of the Year, British Book Award and Irish Book Award, have been selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and have sold tens of millions of copies worldwide.
The City Lit is a fully accessible venue for people with disabilities. There is a café downstairs serving sandwiches, hot and cold snacks and drinks or you can bring your own food.

All tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to pass yours to someone else if you can’t come.

BOOKING NOW

Writing Other Lives

6.30 pm to 9 pm 3rd July, Room 106, The City Lit, 1 – 10 Keeley Street London WC2B 4BA

How do authors approach writing authentically about characters from backgrounds different to their own, and how do authors, agents and editors ensure these stories accurately represent individuals and communities in a sensitive manner? Joining us in this panel discussion will be authors Candy Gourlay and Lisa Williamson with their editor, Bella Pearson, Editorial Director of David Fickling Books.

Doors open 6.30 pm, talk starts at 7pm Tickets cost £12 for SCBWI members, £18 for non-members

Speaker Biographies

Candy GourlayCandy Gourlay

Growing up in the Philippines, Candy Gourlay wondered why all the books she ever loved only featured pink-skinned children who lived in snow-covered worlds that didn’t resemble her steamy, tropical home in Manila. As a result, it took her years to fulfil her dream of becoming an author – and years to learn that Filipino stories too, belong in the pages of books. Candy’s novels for young readers. Tall Story and Shine, have been published to acclaim and listed for many prizes such as the Carnegie Medal and the Guardian Children’s Book Prize. Both novels won the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe. She lives in London with her family, where she wages war on the snails in her garden.

Lisa Williamson 

Lisa Williamson is the bestselling author of  The Art of Being Normal ( David Fickling Books). Following its publication in 2015, it was shortlisted for the YA Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award, and won the older-fiction category at the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016, in addition to  scooping up a number of regional awards. Lisa’s second novel,  All About Mia , followed in early 2017, with a third, Paper Avalanche due to published in summer 2018. Lisa is also one of the seven authors of the collaborative novel Floored (MacMillan). Among other things, Lisa likes old Hollywood films, the seaside, dessert and talking for hours. She lives in South East London where she writes full-time.

 

Bella Pearson

Bella spent most of her childhood with her head buried in a book, which has stood her in good stead ever since. After working in an independent children’s bookshop and completing an MA in children’s literature, Bella joined David Fickling Books in 2001 and was lucky enough to work with him for the next twelve years on a huge number of wonderful and award-winning books for children. She is now the Publishing Director at David Fickling Books and lives in Oxford with her family, which includes five guinea pigs (three useful small boys and two real ones).

The City Lit is a fully accessible venue for people with disabilities. There is a café downstairs serving sandwiches, hot and cold snacks and drinks.

All tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to pass yours to someone else if you can’t come.

BOOKING OPENING SOON

 Dos and Don’ts of an Agent Submission Letter

6.30pm – 9 pm, 6th September 2018, Room 106, The City Lit, 1 – 10 Keeley St, London WC2B 4BA

You’ve finished your script and you’re ready to send it to agents, but how do you make sure it goes to the top of the slush pile? Can you sum up your novel in three short lines? This workshop with Felicity Trew of the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency will also help you hone your pitch ahead of the SCBWI Agents’ Party.

Doors open 6.30 pm, talk starts at 7pm Tickets cost £12 for SCBWI members, £18 for non-member

Speaker Biography

Felicity Trew

Talented, enthusiastic and energetic, Felicity Trew is keenly building up a list of children’s writers and illustrators at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency. Clients she already represents include Joseph Coelho, Swapna Haddow, Sheena Dempsey, Sandra Dieckmann, Zehra Hicks and Yuval Zommer. Felicity has a particular love for quirky and imaginative children’s books. Dream projects to arrive on her desk would be: a spellbinding novel of our time, a bold UK teen voice to rival the likes of John Green and Holly Smale, an accessible, well-plotted (and don’t hold back on the funny!) middle grade book, and a picture book classic of the future à la The Tiger Who Came to Tea. Felicity is also on a mission to find extraordinary illustrators who capture the life of their characters and have a real love of story-telling at the heart of their artwork. Felicity was nominated one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2016.

The City Lit is a fully accessible venue for people with disabilities. There is a café downstairs serving sandwiches, hot and cold snacks and drinks.

All tickets are non-refundable, but you are welcome to pass yours to someone else if you can’t come.

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