Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinars with Agents Laurel Symonds and Moe Ferrara

Date(s) - 01/18/2020
10:00 am


Picture Books as Physical Objects with Laurel Symonds of The Bent Agency
Build a Better World in Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary

 Online via Zoom (training available to make it easy)
Webinars and Manuscript or Illustration Reviews also available
Please note the January 16th webinar has been moved to the 18th
$15 one webinar; $20 for two; $40 written reviews


Picture Books as Physical Objects with Laurel Symonds of The Bent Agency
January 22, 2020 @ 7pm Alaska Time (8 PM Pacific) plus will be recorded

The youngest of readers interact with picture books in very physical ways—and we’re not just talking about chewing the cardboard or ripping out pages! We’ll consider how interactive elements, line breaks, page turns, and other techniques that enhance the reading experience.

Build a Better World in Sci-Fi and Fantasy with Moe Ferrara of BookEnds Literary
January 18, 2020 @ 10 am Alaska Time (11 AM Pacific) plus will be recorded

Anytime you build, you need tools, and this webinar will fill your toolbox with the world building skills to land readers firmly on the pages of your book!

This event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those that register until February 6, 2020.

Registration closes ONE DAY before each webinar @ 8:00 am Alaska Time or whenever the available spots (100) sell out. No additional registrations will be available after the event.

When you register, you will also have the option to sign up for a written manuscript or illustration review, due by January 29, and returned February 13, 2020.

Please click here for specifics of how to send in your mss/illio for the review (if you registered for one). No late submissions accepted; it is your responsibility to get them it on time.

All participants will also have the opportunity to submit to the agents after the webinars. Both agents are actively seeking clients. Please click the link above if you are confused about these two options.

To Register for the Webinar and Reviews:

If you are a member, login to see and receive member price.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see registration options.

You must select a “ticket” first, then you will be able to add an “extra”.

Please only select ONE: the 1 webinar you want; or 2 webinars.

Once you select that, you will have the option to add on a manuscript or illustration review.

Because there are a limited number of reviews available, members will be registered first. If you are a yet-to-be member, select that option to be put on the waitlist. You will be notified by Jan. 21, if you have been taken off the waitlist / a Review is available to you.

How Does a Webinar Work?

Read about how to use zoom by clicking here.

Do that soon after registering! So that you have time to get familiar with the format and troubleshoot any problems.

Approx. one day before the webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing the link to the webinar.

Approx. one hour before the webinar, you will receive a reminder e-mail containing another link to the webinar. (So don’t worry if you misplace the first e-mail.)

Click on the webinar link to sign on live. AT LEAST 20 MINUTES BEFORE THE WEBINAR

Jan. 18 webinar at 10am Alaska Time = 11am Pacific Time; Jan. 22 webinar at 7pm Alaska Time = 8pm Pacific; check your time zone!

If you miss the live webinar, no worries, you will receive a link to the video replay after the event. The replay will be available until March 21st, 2020.

Please note that our webinar license allows up to 100 participants to attend the webinar live. Based on past attendance, there should be room for everyone that wants to attend live to do so. However, if a greater than anticipated number of participants join live, the event could reach capacity. If you feel strongly about attending the webinar live, please plan to log in early. You will be able to join up to 15 minutes before the webinar begins.

You will receive confirmation email of registration with info on submissions for reviews, as well as the info is below.

 About Laurel Symonds 

I began my publishing career in the editorial department of HarperCollins Children’s Books/Katherine Tegen Books in New York City. In the past decade, I have also held positions in the marketing department at a small publishing house, in a library, and as a bookseller at one of the nation’s best independent bookstores. What I love about agenting is being the author’s number one cheerleader through all these parts of the publication process!

I am seeking young adult and middle grade fiction with a special interest in contemporary and fantasy-with-a-twist. I look for engaging voices, commercial hooks, and immersive worlds. My YA tastes are pretty commercial whereas my middle grade tastes can skew more literary and I’m especially interested in middle grade that might lend itself to illustration.

For picture books and graphic novels, I am especially seeking authors-illustrators (although I am open to both solo authors and illustrators) who bring a unique vision. My tastes are diverse, ranging from sophisticated to quirky to gently humorous. I am interested in art in all mediums, but especially appreciate a smart use of color and perspective. I am not the right fit for “issue” books, rhyming texts, or overly sentimental stories.

In nonfiction for children and young adults, I am seeking biographies, histories, and explorations of STEM elements, especially projects with an age-appropriate hook and series potential.

In every category, I am seeking voices that have previously been underrepresented and stories that have been overlooked.

With a background in both editorial and marketing-sales, I’m looking forward to partnering with you on your publishing journey!

 About Moe Ferrara 

Becoming a literary agent was fitting for the girl who, as a small child, begged her dad to buy her a book simply because “it has a hard cover.” Growing up, she had a hard time finding YA books outside of Christopher Pike and R. L. Stine, and instead tackled Tom Clancy or her mom’s romance novels. Though her career path zigzagged a bit—she attended college as a music major, earned a JD from Pace Law School, then worked various jobs throughout the publishing industry—Moe was thrilled to join the BookEnds team in May of 2015 as a literary agent.

A Pennsylvania native, she is mum of a rambunctious corgi who is a master at stealing treats and running agility courses. When not reading, Moe can most often be found in a pit orchestra, playing violin for her favorite musicals. She is also an avid gamer and always awaiting the next Assassin’s Creed or Destiny release.

You can follow Moe on Twitter at @inthesestones. Queries should be submitted here:

Moe is interested in fictional works for all ages from picture books through adult readers (and graphic novels!) in most genres. She’s LGBTQ+ friendly across all age groups and always looking for more #ownvoices clients. She is also interested in select narrative nonfiction titles in the areas of LGBTQ studies, musical theatre, and classical music. At this time she’s not looking women’s fiction or cozy mysteries.

For Moe’s most up-to-date wishlist feel free to check out her #MSWL on twitter or our Submissions page. You can also look at Publishers Marketplace for a listing of her recent deals.

Refund policy: please be advised, that once payment has been made, that there are no refunds. (At this price, we can’t afford it.) We also cannot credit the money for another event. Thank you for understanding.