Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

September 2016 Newsletter

Happy September!

I hope everyone had a relaxing summer with lots of time to read, write, draw or just relax. 

This is going to be a busy fall so let’s get started:


Registration is still open for our third Illustrator Retreat. Don’t miss this opportunity to join other illustrators from the region for a weekend to focus on your craft. This retreat will be held in both German and English!

GEDICHTE und LIEDER Bilderbuch-Workshop 


„Lieder und Gedichte“ sind das Thema des diesjährigen SCBWI Illustratorenretreat. Wir freuen uns sehr, mit Jonas Lauströer auch in diesem Jahr einen sehr profilierten und erfahrenen Illustratoren zahlreicher Bilder- und auch Sachbücher als Dozenten gewonnen zu haben.

Was: Illustrator Retreat with Jonas Lauströer

Wann: Freitag, September 23 bis Sonntag September 25


"Songs and Poems" is the theme of this year's SCBWI Illustration retreat. We are very pleased to have Jonas Lauströer, a very distinguished and experienced illustrator of numerous picture and even nonfiction books, as faculty. 

What: Illustrator's Retreat with Jonas Lauströer

When: Friday September 23 to Sonntag September 25


For more information and to register visit the website: Or email Sanne at


New Workshop:


Supercharge your Submissions with agent Hannah Sheppard

Whether you are looking for an agent or an editor, nothing is more important than that very first impression. Hannah will talk you through the dos and don'ts of the submission process, focusing on how to write an engaging submission letter, coming up with a winning pitch line, honing your synopsis and how to know when your writing is ready. 

There will be time for general questions about the submission process and publishing in general. 

One to Ones 

Hannah is also offering a limited number of 10 minute one to one critiques. Cost €35. Please submit either one full picture book (1000 word limit) or the opening 10 pages (don't worry about awkward breaks) of your novel double spaced in size 12 font. Provide your title, genre, target age range and total word count. All critiques are due Wednesday, October 12 at 8pm. Please email your submission to Patti at germanyaustria-ra (at)


Hannah Sheppard is a literary agent with the D H H Literary Agency. She specialises in children's and YA fiction and represents authors such as Abi Elphinstone, Keris Stainton and Honor and Perdita Cargill.

She previously worked in house as an editor (Macmillan Children's Books and Headline Publishing Group) where she published Tanya Byrne's HEART-SHAPED BRUISE (Branford Boase Award long listed) and Julianna Baggott's PURE trilogy.


What: Supercharge your Submission Workshop

When: Saturday, October 22, 2016. 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Where: Frankfurt, exact location TBA


SCBWI member: €30

SCBWI member with critique: €65

Non-SCBWI member: €45

                            Non-SCBWI member with critique: €80

To register go to:



Join SCBWI at Frankfurt Book Fair (October 21 – 23)


Ever wanted to go to a book fair but never had the chance? Or found all the hotels in the Frankfurt area either overbooked or overpriced? Here's your chance to rent an AirBnB apartment in the Frankfurt area with other SCBWI members and use this apartment as a base for your stay at the fair!

Individual hotel rooms are too expensive for most of us during the fair. But as a group, we would be able to rent an entire apartment to use as a home base during the fair. Because most people have day jobs, the apartment will only be available starting Friday, October 21 and check out will be Sunday, October 23. 

Although there is no cost to register, you will be responsible for your share of the lodging, your own food, transportation and booking fair tickets. The apartment we rent will depend on the number of people who sign up. All costs for renting the apartment will be evenly divided between participants. Warning – people will most likely have to share a bedroom and bathroom. If this makes you uncomfortable, then perhaps this isn't for you.

If you want to partake, please go to the website to register:

 Note: By registering, you are committing to coming and sharing the costs of an apartment for the entire weekend. No partial stays or cancellations will be possible. Due to the need to reserve an apartment a few weeks in advance, registration ends SOON.

For more details or questions, please contact Patti



Other SCBWI Happenings:

SCBWI Book Launch Parties are back with a new name and they're better than ever. If you've had a book published in 2016, you are invited to participate in our all-new Book Blast.

The Book Blast is open to all SCBWI members with a book out during this calendar year. You can customize your promotional page to tell the unique story about your book. 

Create your own world to showcase your book using your words and visuals. Last year, over 50,000 page views proved book lovers and buyers were captivated by the hundreds of pages of picture books, YA novels, middle grade, and nonfiction books.  This year we're predicting an even greater turnout. The Book Blast will run 6-weeks, from October 10 to November 18, and will be supported by marketing programs including incentives to page visitors, paid advertising, social media outreach and widespread publicity.

Don't miss out on this chance to make your book shine!

For more information visit:


Winter Reading List Submission Due

On September 6th, all PAL members should have received an "evite"  (with a submission form) to submit one PAL book for inclusion on our Winter Reading List.  The submission form is due no later than September 30th. If you haven’t received one and feel you should have, please contact Patti.


Hope everyone has a great fall and that we'll see you at one of our upcoming events!


Patti and Sanne