Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators


Once again, we are offering One-on-One Manuscript Consultations, Book Dummy Consultations and Portfolio Consultations with our faculty. These are first-come, first-serve opportunities for you to get an opinion from a professional. You may choose one author or author/illustrator consultation and one editor, agent or art director consultation. Fees are nonrefundable. The cost is $45 for manuscript consultations and portfolio consultations, and $55 for book dummy consultations.

Individual manuscript consultations, book dummy consultations and portfolio consultations will be held in the Lewis and Clark room (small room to the left of the main rooms when facing the stage). Each consultation is 14 minutes, no more. We allow 1 minute for passing time.

One-on-One Manuscript Consultations

Author or Author/Illustrator Consultations are open to anyone. If you've never had a professional critique before, we strongly recommend you choose an author or author/illustrator as your critiquer.

Editor or Agent Consultations

You may only choose an editor or agent if you have:

  • had a previous critique at a SCBWI conference or retreat
  • participated in a SCBWI Oregon Great Critique session
  • are in a critique group
  • are a PAL author, or
  • have attended two or more SCBWI conferences

This will provide the best critique experience for everyone.

Please remember that an Editor or Agent 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 and agent critiquers will tell you to send your project after the conference (it's wise to resist the temptation to count on that happening).

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

Manuscript Deadline: March 20th

You may sign up with one editor or agent AND one author or author/illustrator. When you register, choose whom you'd like to have critique your manuscript. If you have signed up, but we do not have your manuscript(s) by the deadline, your consultation fee will be forfeited.

PLEASE READ complete instructions and guidelines to what each faculty member is looking for: 

1-on-1msConsultation-Instructions 2016-2.doc or 1-on-1msConsultation-Instructions 2016-2.pdf

Test your manuscript checklist: Manuscript-Checklist Conference 2016

One-on-One Picture Book Dummy Consultations

We are offering a limited number of picture book dummy consultations with select faculty members. Select this choice when you register–you may choose one editor or art director AND one author/illustrator. You must follow the specific guidelines, including size limitations, or you will be disqualified. Please include a separate picture book manuscript (refer to manuscript guidelines) with your picture book dummy. You must be both the writer and illustrator of your dummy to submit.

Please remember that this is not a pitching session, but a chance to get feedback and suggestions on your work.

Picture Book Dummy Deadline: March 20th

PLEASE READ complete instructions and guidelines for submitting picture book dummies:

1-on-1PortfolioReviews-and-Dummy-Guidelines2-2016.doc or 1-on-1PortfolioReviews-and-Dummy-Guidelines2-2016.pdf

One-on-One Portfolio Consultations

You may sign up for the art director AND one author/illustrator.

Please remember that a portfolio review is not a pitching session, but a chance to get feedback and suggestions on your work. Our art director will tell you if she would like you to submit art after the conference (it's wise to resist the temptation to count on that happening).

Portfolios are brought to the conference. We cannot store them for you unless you have entered the Juried Art Show. If you have entered the Juried Art Show and you have a consultation, put your place card in your portfolio space so the judges know to return to your portfolio. Please limit your portfolio to 10-12 printed images. No originals, please. Please limit the size of your portfolio to 11" x 14".

Suggestions of what to include:

  • Children in motion
  • Different views of the same character
  • Work that shows a character moving through a story
  • Start with your strongest piece and end with your strongest piece
  • Group similar styles together
  • Name and contact info on each piece
  • Postcards and business cards

PLEASE READ complete guidelines to portfolio consultations:

1-on-1PortfolioReviews-and-Dummy-Guidelines2-2016.doc or 1-on-1PortfolioReviews-and-Dummy-Guidelines2-2016.pdf

Your Appointment Itself

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:

Manuscripts: What is your story about? (one to three sentences) What is the genre? Who is your audience? How does the story end? What makes your story unique?

Portfolios: Which do you consider your best piece and why? What medium do you use? What is your background?

After Your Consultation

Attendees may submit material after the conference, 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 conference, and to your consultation. Mention why you think your work might be of interest. Do not call the editor/agent/art director unless invited to do so.