Agent Day with Mary Kole

Date: Saturday, October 29th, 2011 Time: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

Speaker: Mary Kole (Andrea Brown Literary Agency)

This event will be in English.

  • 10:00-10:30 Registration, Announcements and Opening Remarks
  • 10:30-12:00 Three Things That Separate Aspiring Writers from Published Authors
    This presentation will offer an overview of the children's book market as it stands today and a discussion of three vital things that writers must add to their craft portfolio before they can write their breakout book.
  • Lunch Break
    Lunch will not be served. Please bring lunch or join other writers and illustrators at nearby cafés.
  • 1:30-2:30 Slush Pile Secrets: How to Catch an Agent's Eye With Your Query
    Queries intimidate a lot of writers, but it's easy to get to the top of a slush pile if you write a great one. This talk will feature query examples from the audience, go over common mistakes, and show you how to write a successful letter. (See the SCBWI website for details.)
  • 3:00-4:00 First Pages Open Critiques
    Writers and author/illustrators are invited to submit the beginning of a manuscript to be read and commented on by Mary Kole. Novels: up to 150 words. Picture books: up to 100 words/first three spreads for a dummy. (See the SCBWI website for details.)
  • 4:15-5:00 Final Q&A
    Participants will have a chance to ask any remaining questions.

Organization: The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Japan (SCBWI)

Cost: SCBWI Members: 5,000 yen
Non-members: 8,000 yen

Venue: Yokohama International School

Location: Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan


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