Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Event: Webinar: Submissions 101 with Dante Medema and Brooke Hartman

Submissions 101: Perfecting Your Query Letters and Synopses

Plus Query or Synopsis Reviews by Dante Medema and Brooke Hartman



Online via Zoom (training available to make it easy)
Thursday, March 26, 2020, 7 PM
$15 (Members) for the webinar; $30 for query letter & synopsis reviews (limited number available); recording available for one month afterward



Is it scary when you query?

In the swamp with comp titles?

Do your synopses need a necropsy?

This 90-minute webinar is perfect for writers huddled in the submission trenches. Starting with how to write a synopsis-thingamabob that does the job, we’ll boil down your submissions to craft the perfect query letter, and finally whittle everything down to your pitch/hook. Includes bonus tips and tricks for finding where, who, and how to submit your story. Bring your work-in-progress, if you have one, or start fresh.


Our Presenters




About Dante Medema

Dante Medema is a mother to four girls, an amateur cake decorator, and a Young Adult author. Her debut novel The Truth Project comes out Fall 2020 from HarperTeen. She is a member of SCBWI and 49 Writers, and serves on the board for The Alaska Writers Guild.

Dante’s query letter and synopsis landed her an agent and sent her debut novel to auction, earning her a good deal.

You can visit her website for more information at or follow her Alaskan writer adventures on Instagram at @dantemedemabooks.


About Brooke Hartman

Brooke Hartman is an Alaskan mom and author of silly, serious, and sometimes strange stories for children and young adults. Her writing has garnered national awards, including honors from Writer’s Digest, Pacific Northwest Writers Association, and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. Her debut picture book Dream Flights on Arctic Nights (2019, West Margin Press) received a starred review from Kirkus. Future works include Lotte and Her Paper Puppet Pictures (2020, Page Street Kids) and Klyde the Kraken Wants a Hug (2020, The Innovation Press). Follow her Alaska writing adventures on Facebook at @BrookesBooksAK.

Brooke’s query letters have gotten her three different agents plus four book deals and counting.



This event will be recorded. A replay will be available to all those who register by March 25th.

Registration closes ONE DAY before the webinar @ 10:00 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 query letter or synopsis review. Your letter or synopsis will be due by April 5, and the review will be returned April 21, 2020.

Query letters and synopses should be one page. (Yeah, a single page, and yeah, we know how hard that can be!) This webinar will teach you how to do this and what they should look like. No late submissions accepted; it is your responsibility to get your work in on time.



Register for the Webinar and Reviews

Register HERE.

If you are a member, login to see the member price.

Because there are a limited number of reviews available, members will be registered first. If you are a non-member, select the option to be put on the waitlist. You will be notified by March 26 if a Review is available for you.



How Does a Webinar Work?

Read about how to use Zoom.

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

Prior to the webinar, you will receive an e-mail containing a link to join the meeting. At least 10 minutes before the webinar, click on the link to join the meeting live. Check your time zone!

On March 26, 7:00 PM Alaska Time is 5:00 PM in Hawaii and 11:00 PM in Maryland.

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 April 26, 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.



Diversity and Inclusivity Scholarships Available

Apply by March 23.

Two full scholarships to the webinar are available for a POC (person of color) and/or an Alaskan Native, or any person identifying with another under-represented or marginalized group.


1) Must be at least 18 years old and an Alaska resident.
2) Need not be a member of SCBWI, but MUST be (or aspire to be) an author or illustrator for children’s or teen literature.

How to Apply

Please email a writing sample or illustration to no later than 10 AM March 23, 2020.

Writers: A 250-word excerpt from the first page(s) of a work-in-progress for readers under 18 years old.
Illustrators: Any original illustration for viewers under 18 years old.

Please follow these instructions when you email:

Subject line of e-mail: March Webinar Scholarship – [Your name]
Body of the e-mail: Name, E-mail address, Telephone number
Copy and paste your writing sample into the body of the email or attach your illustration as a .jpg or .pdf file.

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.