Industry Insiders



16th January 2017 An Evening wtih Literary Agents, Savoy Tup, 2 Savoy St, London WC2R 0BA

7th March 2017 Skylark Literary Event, Talk at 7.30pm, one-to-ones from 4pm, at The Lukin, 4 Conway Mews, London W1T 6BB

May 2017 – Penguin Random House Publishig Tour

13th June 2017 – Panel Talk:  Publisher Barry Cunningham, Stephanie Thwaites from Curtis Brown Literary Agency and best-selling author Robin Stevens discuss What Makes  A Bestseller? 

19th September 2017 – Pitch Perfect a workshop to get you ready to pitch at the Agent's Party: 7pm – 9pm at The Lukin, 4 Conway Mews, London W1T 6BB




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.



 19th September 2017 Pitch Perfect Workshop


When faced with an agent do you launch into a concise and deal-sealing pitch? Or do you turn pink, blather on, then turn and run?

Can you sum up the heart of your story in three sentences or less? Or do you struggle to describe what your story is about (in anything less than the length of a novel)?

If you could use some help getting Pitch Perfect join this exciting workshop run by industry experts Sara Grant and Karen Ball.

Sara and Karen are part of the BookBound team who run classes and retreats to help authors get game ready to submit their manuscript – in a way that gives it the best possible chance of being pick up by an agent. Part of what they do is break down the components of a perfect pitch: how to present, what to include, how to identify the core of your story so that you can deliver a clear picture of your story in a few words.

Places are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment. SCBWI members only.

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to give refunds for unused tickets – but you are welcome to sell your ticket on to another member.

The workshop will run on 19 September between 7-9pm at The Lukin in Fitzrovia, near Goodge Street tube.

KAREN BALLKaren Ball The Bookseller

Named a Rising Star of 2017 by The Bookseller, Karen Ball has over 25 years's experience of the publishing industry and expertise in Intellectual Property. Her

career includes periods as Head of Editorial at Working Partners and Publisher at Little, Brown Books For Young Readers. She has commissioned some of the

bestselling series of the past 15 years – from Beast Quest to Frankie’s Magic Football. In September 2016 she launched Speckled Pen, a creative consultancy aimed at helping content generators develop publisher-facing projects.

She has worked with publishers, licence owners, authors and agents. Karen has authored over 20 books, writes one of the UK’s leading sewing blogs at Did You Make That and has contributed to The Guardian.

Together with three industry friends, she organises the Book Bound writers’ retreat, aimed at children’s and YA authors.

Karen lives in Walthamstow with her miniature schnauzer, Ella.


Sara Grant_2016Sara writes and edits fiction for children and teens. Her new series Chasing Danger is an action-adventure series for tweens. Dark Parties, her first young adult novel, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award for Europe. As a freelance editor of series fiction, she has worked on twelve different series and edited nearly 100 books. She has given writing workshops in the US, UK and Europe as part of Book Bound ( and teaches a master’s class on writing for children/teens at Goldsmiths University. She co-founded Undiscovered Voices – which has launched the writing careers of thirty-seven authors, who now have written more than 200 children’s books. ( She is also a member of The Edge, eight UK-based authors working together writing a blog and running events across the country. (

Sara was born and raised in Washington, Indiana. She graduated from Indiana University with degrees in journalism and psychology, and later she earned a master’s degree in creative and life writing at Goldsmiths College, University of London. She lives in London.




13th June 2017 Panel event: What Makes a Bestseller?

From Winnie the Pooh to Harry Potter, from Tom Gates to The Hunger Games, what are the universal features of those children’s books that take the world by storm? And what role does marketing have to play in the success of stories such as these?

In this panel event, a high profile editor, agent and author will discuss these and other questions, followed by a Q&A.

Date: Tuesday 13th June 2017 Time: 7-9.30 pm

Venue: The Lukin Pub, 4 Conway Mews, Fitzrovia, London W1T 6BB

Tickets: £12 members, £18 non-members


Barry Cunningham OBE, Publisher and Managing Director, Chicken House

thBarry Cunningham has had an impressive career in publishing. After an English degree at Cambridge, he joined Penguin Books in 1977. As Children’s Marketing Director for Puffin, he worked with all the great names in children’s books including Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan, and was responsible for the re-launch of Beatrix Potter. In 1984 he was promoted to the Penguin Board and became responsible for the marketing of all Penguin Books, a position he held until 1988, when he was headhunted by Random House.

In 1994 he was approached by Bloomsbury to set up their first children’s book list. Not only was the new list a success, but Barry soon became one of the best known names in publishing after he signed J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.

Barry left Bloomsbury at the height of its success and, in early 2000, decided to start his own publishing company. The result was Chicken House, a lively and creative company publishing highly original and enjoyable children’s books, with a special emphasis on new fiction.

Robin Stevens, Author of the Murder Most Unladylike series

Robin Stevens Author Picture by Max von SeiboldRobin Stevens was born in California and grew up in an Oxford college, across the road from the house where Alice in Wonderland lived. She has been making up stories all her life.

When she was twelve, her father handed her a copy of The Murder of Roger Ackroyd and she realised that she wanted to be Agatha Christie when she grew up.

She spent her teenage years at Cheltenham Ladies' College, reading a lot of murder mysteries and hoping that she'd get the chance to do some detecting herself (she didn't). She went to university, where she studied crime fiction, and then worked in children's publishing. She is now a full-time writer, and her Murder Most Unladylike series are bestselling and award-winning.

Robin now lives in London with her husband and her pet bearded dragon, Watson.

Stephanie Thwaites, Literary Agent at Curtis Brown


SCBWI BI events are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds unless the programme is cancelled. 



Industry Insiders Skylark Literary Talk

SCBWI Industry Insiders are thrilled to welcome Skylark Literary to The Lukin, 4 Conway Mews, London W1T 6BB for an exciting event on Tuesday 7th March 2017 at 7.30 pm.

Literary Agents Amber Caravéo and Joanna Moult will be talking all about the agenting process, why you should have an agent, and what they do. They’ll also be sharing some do’s and don’ts of submitting to agents. It's a great opportunity to find out more about the Children’s and YA publishing industry, and what people are looking for right now. There will be a Q&A, so do come prepared with any questions you may have.

Doors open from 7pm onwards. Food and drink can be purchased at the bar.

Skylark Literary is a boutique literary agency specialising in seeking and supporting the very best writers of Children’s and YA fiction. It is founded by Amber Caravéo and Joanna Moult who are both former publishers and can therefore offer insights from both sides of the agent/publisher fence. Skylark is currently open to submissions and submission guidelines and further info can be found on the website at

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Prior to founding Skylark, Amber Caravéo was the Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books where she was privileged to work with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors such as Caroline Lawrence, Liz Kessler, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. She has also worked as Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books and for Working Partners where she edited and developed the million-copy selling series phenomenon, Rainbow Magic.

Joanna Moult began her publishing career at Hodder Children's Books editing authors including Cressida Cowell and Kes Gray as well as creating fiction for brands such as Felicity Wishes. Jo then moved to become Senior Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster Children’s Books editing Sophie McKenzie’s debut novel GIRL, MISSING and the YUCK series by the Beastly Boys. She spent a couple of years as Editorial Director for Children’s Fiction at literary agents Mulcahy Conway Associates where she worked to seek out new talent and edit submissions to publishers.

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One-to-one meetings for SCBWI members

We’re delighted to offer SCBWI members attending the Skylark Event the opportunity to book an individual 15 minute one- to-one meeting with Amber Caravéo or Joanna Moult to discuss the first 3 chapters or up to 3,000 words of your current 5+ Chapter Book, Middle Grade or YA/Crossover novel, to be submitted by 14th February. The cost for a one-to-one is £25 and once you have booked for the Talk, you may book for the one-to-one. Please see the separate event page for the exact details. Once you have booked for the Talk and One-to-One we will email you with details of how to submit and pay for the one-to-one.

If you have any questions, please email Tania at

SCBWI BI events are subject to change without prior notice. No refunds unless the programme is cancelled. 


16th January 2017 An Evening with Literary Agents

If you’re looking for a literary agent and can’t wait until the SCBWI Agents Party, please come along to an evening at the Savoy Tup on January 16th. We’ll be joined by visiting U.S. agent Clelia Gore from Martin Literary in Seattle, and Amber Caravéo of Skylark Literary in the UK. They will be speaking about what they are looking for in a manuscript, and will give you the low-down on how to approach an agent in the United States as well as the UK. There’ll be a Q and A session so do please come with all your questions. Afterwards, you may have a chance to pitch your idea to the agents.

Clelia Gore is the head of the Children’s and Young Adult division of the U.S.-based literary agency, Martin Literary Management.  She represents fiction and nonfiction picture book, middle grade and young adult authors, including Kory Merritt, Jack Andraka, Jennifer Swanson and Cheryl Lawton Malone. Clelia is a former attorney born and raised in the suburbs of New York City. She lives in Seattle where she resides with her husband in a blueberry house at the top of a hill.

Amber Caravéo is the co-founder of Skylark Literary – – a specialist literary agency that seeks and supports the very best in Children’s and YA fiction. Prior to founding Skylark, Amber was the Editorial Director for Orion Children’s Books where she was privileged to work with a host of prize-winning and bestselling authors such as Caroline Lawrence, Liz Kessler, Juno Dawson and Holly Black. She has also worked as Senior Commissioning Editor for Random House Children’s Books and for Working Partners where she edited and developed the million-copy selling series phenomenon, Rainbow Magic.

It’s sure to be a fun and interesting evening. So do please come along, with your questions and your novel ideas!

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Amber Caravéo, Skylark Literary



Clelia Gore, Martin Literary Management, Seattle