SCBWI

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Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Portfolio Review Webinar with Deborah Warren, East-West Literary

Date/Time
Date(s) - 06/17/2021
7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


We have a fantastic opportunity for illustrators! Want to know what a top-industry agent looks for in a portfolio? Want to see how your work measures up and how to make it stronger? This event is for you.

Deborah Warren with East–West Literary, a boutique agency representing award-winning and best-selling authors and illustrators, will provide a written critique of each participating illustrator’s portfolio. For follow up, Deborah will lead a webinar to highlight the most important qualities she seeks in a portfolio, cover how each illustrator’s art aligns with children’s publishing marketability, and share her vision as an artists’ and authors’ rep.

Deborah Warren founded East West Literary Agency in 2000, after 17 years at Harcourt, and has a strong background in sales and marketing. She’s a strategist, incorporating long-term goals to help E/W clients not only grow a career, but to flourish within that career. With over 40 years’ of experience in the publishing industry, and over 20 years at the helm of the Agency, Deborah not only represents authors and illustrators of picture books including Jim Averbeck (of the “Sophia” trilogy launched by One Word for Sophia), the Literary Trust of Anna Dewdney (the Llama Llama franchise), NYT-bestselling Gianna Marino (illustrator of Chelsea Clinton’s Don’t Let Them Disappear), Cook prize winning illustrator Dow Phumiruk (Maya Lin/Counting on Katherine), Sibert-honoree and Sendak-fellow Antoinette Portis (Now/Not A Box), and Audrey and Don Wood (The Napping House), she represents authors and illustrators—both debut and established—in the board book, concept, novelty, diverse, non-fiction, middle-grade and young adult markets.

Special Guest Announcement!
Deborah has invited Dow Phumiruk to join in on this webinar! Dow is an author and/or illustrator of several children’s picture books, including illustrations for the 2019 Cook Award winning picture book biography Counting on Katherine, written by Helaine Becker, One Girl, written by New York Times best-selling author Andrea Beaty, Hugsby, her author/illustrator debut, and An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America, written by Helaine Becker. Dow has been a member of SCBWI since 2011 and now serves as Co-Regional Advisor of the Rocky Mountain Chapter. 

 

Portfolio Reviews are SOLD OUT, but you can register for webinar only.

Timeline for Portfolio Review:

Fri May 14, Midnight: PDF Portfolio due 

Once you have registered, SCBWI-Nebraska Webinar Coordinator Sheli Petersen will send you instructions on how to submit your portfolio.

By Fri June 4, Midnight: You will receive Deborah’s written critique of your work

Thurs June 17, 7:30: Wrap-up Webinar

The recording will be available for two weeks following the event for those who cannot attend live.

If you are hearing impaired and need a sign language interpreter for this event, please register then email Regional Advisor Alison Pearce Stevens at nebraska-ra@scbwi.org with your request. Please note that we will need at least one week’s notice.

 

Registration:

Webinar only:
$10 for SCBWI Members
$25 for non-members

Optional portfolio critique (members only): $45 (select Portfolio Critique option after choosing the Webinar ticket)

If you’re thinking of joining, do so before registering to get the discounted price.

Because a replay will be available for those who cannot attend live, there will be no refunds for this event.

Note: You will receive an email with instructions on how to access the webinar a day or two before the event.

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