Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Portfolio Review Day

Date(s) - 06/11/2022
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

June 11th, 2022

$60 for members and $75 for non-members

What: This Portfolio Review Day is an opportunity for you to have your work critiqued by Melanie Figueroa, a literary agent looking to build their illustrator list. 

Who: Melanie Figueroa is a literary agent at Root Literary. She represents children’s literature, adult fiction and is looking to build her illustrator list. What she loves most about the job is the balance of creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit. After graduating with a masters in creative writing and book publishing from Portland State University, she worked as an in-house editorial project manager and then as a freelance editor for several years before joining the agency in 2018. Melanie was born and raised in Southern California in a multicultural, blended family, so she has a soft spot for books that shine a spotlight on the nuances of relationships and identity. When she isn’t working, she can often be found stress baking, playing video games, or snuggling with her chocolate lab, Oakley.

Check out her recent deals and her Manuscript Wishlist at 


Portfolios due: May 6th, 2022

Event Day: June 11th, 2022

Where: Online via Zoom

How: You will receive a written critique of your submitted work at least seven days before the in-person event; at which time you will have a 15-minute face-to-face meeting with Melanie to ask follow-up questions and flesh out your understanding of her critique. Time slots will be determined at registration.

Why: Critiques provide critical feedback on your work. They help you figure out what’s working well and identify areas where you could improve—and often give you ideas for how to go about making those changes.


Portfolio formatting instructions

Illustration Portfolio: Up to 12 total images in a PDF format (not to exceed 20 MB). Name your submission: If you are submitting a portfolio, you should name your document with the words Portfolio Review for and your name as it appears on your registration. (For instance: Portfolio_Review__Marcia_Brown.pdf). 

Send your portfolio PDF to to with the subject line NE Portfolio Review Day.

Website Portfolio: If you would rather have your online portfolio reviewed, you may do so. Send the link to your portfolio website to with the subject line NE Portfolio Review Day. 

PDF formatting help: If you need help converting your images to pdf, visit: