Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Consultations for a Novel Idea

We are offering one-on-one manuscript consultations with all our faculty. These are first come, first served based on your registration date. The $50. cost is nonrefundable. Sign up when you register and choose your consultant. Read their bios here. Consultations are still available with our authors!


The first 10 pages of your novel, plus a single-spaced one-page synopsis.

Send one copy of your manuscript in standard manuscript format (double-spaced, 12-point type, 1 to 1 1/4 inch margins, pages titled and numbered–see Standard-Manuscript-Format.docx or Standard-Manuscript-Format.pdf for more details). Do not fold or staple; paper clips are fine. Each manuscript first page needs your name, address, phone number and email. Mail flat in a 9 x 12 or 10 x 13 inch envelope. Do not send by registered mail.

If you do not follow instructions, you WILL be disqualified and will forfeit your consultation fee.


Manuscript for A Novel Idea

SCBWI Oregon

PO Box 16760

Portland, OR 97292-0760

Manuscripts MUST be received by March 9th. If you do not meet the deadline to mail in your manuscript, you will have lost your $50. We do NOT accept email submissions.


We cannot guarantee you a written critique, although we have asked our faculty to do so and have given them SCBWI’s gold form as a suggested method.

Individual manuscript consultations will be held during workshop sessions. Each consultation is 14 minutes, no more. We allow 1 minute for passing time. Appointments are often booked back to back, so please arrive early and depart promptly and graciously when your time is up. Missed appointments cannot be made up, nor can fees be refunded.

Be prepared to answer questions critiquers commonly ask:
What is your story about? (One to three sentence elevator pitch.) What is the genre? Who is your audience? How does the story end? What makes your book/story unique? What else are you working on?

Please remember that a consultation is not a pitching session—it’s an opportunity to get a professional’s feedback and suggestions on how to improve and/or market your work. Editor/Agents may request you to send your project after the workshop. (However, it’s wise to resist the temptation to count on that happening.)


Attendees may submit material after A Novel Idea, according to the information provided on the submissions information sheet in your packet and any other instructions received during sessions. When you submit, refer to your attendance at the workshop, and to your consultation, if applicable, and mention why you think your work might be of interest. Do not call the editor/agent unless invited to do so.


Contact Laura Byrd, Co-RA, at

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