Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

  • Webinar Opportunity: Finding Your Agent Match with Carrie A. Pearson Hopefully, your agent will be a long term business partner, creative collaborator, negotiations champion, and possibly the go-between for difficult conversations with your publisher. But finding an agent, especially the right agent for you, can be overwhelming. Where do you start? This breakout focuses on preparing for — did you know querying most effectively does NOT begin with your query letter? — and finding the best agent fit for you and your work. It’s not enough to find an agent; the better goal is to find your agent match. Carrie Pearson’s experience spans 12 years in the children’s book industry as an author, SCBWI Regional Advisor and consultant. She’ll share why she’s had three agents (the third one’s the charm!), help you think differently about your agent match, and give you tools to find him/her. When: Monday February 10th at 7:30pm (CST) through Zoom Cost: $10 SCBWI members, $20 nonmembers Registration opens January 4th! Sign-up for your spot here. Webinar will be available 2 weeks after the presentation to attendees. Questions can be sent to:
  • We had a wonderful time talking about writing and illustrating books for kids this past weekend! A HUGE thank you to our fabulous speakers: Maria T. Middleton, Linda Camacho, Sarah Jane Abbott, and Jessixa Bagley! Their knowledge and insight exceeded all expectations. And another GIANT thank you to our fantastic team: Eileen Boggess, Liz Bedia, and Dorothia Rohner! We couldn't have had such a great experience without all your hard work and planning. Don't miss out on our next retreat coming in 2021. It will be well worth it!
  • Call for all Iowa SCBWI members: New Logo Contest! The Iowa region would like a new logo design as we start a new decade. The winner will receive a 1-year membership to SCBWI (an $80 value)! Contest rules: Logo designs should give a nod to Iowa, Children's Publishing, and SCBWI. Entrants must be a current SCBWI member residing in Iowa Each member may submit up to 3 tight sketches for a new logo idea. Please send as a jpeg attachment no more than 5mb in size. Winner will be responsible for finishing the logo design by February 7th, 2020. Final logo subject to approval by SCBWI and SCBWI-Iowa regional leaders. Email entries and any questions to Candace Camling: All entries are due January 17th by 11:59 PM CST.
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Webinar Opportunity: Finding Your Agent Match with Carrie A. Pearson Monday, February 10th at 7:30PM (CST) through Zoom.  
Think and Wonder, Wonder and Think - Spring Conference April 24-26, 2020 With: Sara Sargent - Editor with Random House Semadar Megged - Art Director Trisha de Guzman - FSG/Macmillan Adria Goetz - Agent with Martin Literary Natascha Morris - Agent with Bookends Literary Katie Kennedy - Author Cindy Johnson - Author Lisa Morlock - Author Rahele Jomepour Bell - Illustrator At: West Des Moines Marriott, West Des Moines, IA
October 30-November 1, 2020
Prairiewoods Retreat Center, Hiawatha, IA