SCBWI

Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar – Mastering your Craft with Maryann Ballantyne

Date/Time
Date(s) - 01/Nov/2020
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Join us for book craft and insights with Wild Dog Books publishing director Maryann Ballantyne at this Zoom event. Make sure you have your new books handy for a sharing of Member News.

 

Program

2pm—Welcome with Susanne Gervay

2.15–3.15 pmMastering your Craft with Maryann Ballantyne plus a short Q&A

Why do some stories stay with readers long after the book has closed? How do you capture readers from the start and continue to the end? What are key techniques for creating and writing engaging story? What do publishers and editors look for in books? What does it mean to “write what you know”? Why does it work sometimes and fail at other times? How can you write convincingly from a perspective outside of your own? Maryann Ballantyne, a publisher for more than twenty five years, provides invaluable insights into craft for picture books and non-fiction children’s books.

3.15 –3.45 pm—Why Critique Groups Matter with Margaret Roc and Susanne Gervay

3.45 –4.00 pm—Sharing Member News

 

Tickets for the Zoom Event

CLICK HERE to book at Trybooking.
SCBWI Members Only $10 

You will be sent a link and password for the Zoom Event at the time of booking your ticket.

 

 

 


Zoom Manuscript or Portfolio Critiques with Maryann Ballantyne

We are fortunate to have secured five 15 minute manuscript or portfolio critiques with Maryann Ballantyne, publishing director Wild Dog Books before the SCBWI Zoom event.

Critiques are 15 minutes plus an additional scheduled time for changeover. Critiques are limited to SCBWI members attending this Zoom event. At time of booking you will be able to choose your preference from the available time slots. Critique Tickets will be released October 8th at 8am. This is an automated opening of tickets so it is first in best dressed!

Following your successful booking, submit your manuscript via the form linked below. Deadline for manuscripts is October 20. Please submit only once with the final version that you would like to be critiqued!

You will be sent an email with instructions for your Zoom Critique at the time of booking. 

 

 

Tickets for Critiques

CLICK HERE to Book at Trybooking
SCBWI Members Only $80

Critique Tickets will be released October 8th at 8am. This is an automated opening of tickets so it is first in best dressed!

 

 

Submission Guidelines for Manuscript Critiques

Following your booking CLICK HERE to submit your manuscript or picture book text or thumbnails. Please take note of the October 20, 2020 deadline and the format for submissions. Unfortunately, submissions that are late or that do not conform to the specifications cannot be accepted. Please submit only once with the final version that you would like to be critiqued!

 

Your Manuscript critique submission should include the following:

An overview of your project to a maximum of 1 page including your name, email and website (if applicable)

AND IN THE SAME DOCUMENT ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:

An outline of your project idea with synopsis and short writing samples for comment and discussion to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar

OR

An extract of your draft manuscript to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times New Roman or similar

OR

A full picture book draft text to a maximum of 10 pages, double spaced in 12pt Times Roman or similar (One picture book only, even if it’s just a few pages long)

OR

If a writer-illustrator an illustrated picture book dummy with text. (One picture book only)

Most assessors prefer word document format so they can make inline notes, however, pdfs are also acceptable. Picture books in thumbnail form can be supplied as pdfs. Please label your file including Surname, Title (abbreviate if necessary), Genre (PB, MG) and indicate if it is Non-Fiction NF: ex. Surname_Title_PB_NF

 

If you opt for a Portfolio Critique, your Portfolio critique submission should include the following:

A portfolio of work consisting of up to 10 images. Please supply your portfolio images as jpg 72dpi and label as: FirstName_Surname_sequential numbers up to 10. Maximum size for images is 2mb per image.

 

 

 

 


Maryann Ballantyne—Publishing Director, Wild Dog Books

Maryann has been a publisher for more than 25 years. She loves stories. Stories that tell us something about ourselves.

For more information on Wild Dog Books:-

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