SCBWI Character Intensive Workshop

(L) Caryn Wiseman, Andrea Brown Literary Agency (R) Amy Goldman Koss, Author

(L) Caryn Wiseman, Senior Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency
(R) Amy Goldman Koss, Author

Society for Children Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) is an amazing organization which educates its members in all aspects of craft and the publishing business, as well as produces events where writers and illustrators can meet and receive advice from authors, agents, and editors.

The May 4th Preservation Park SCBWI Character Intensive workshop was taught by Caryn Wiseman, Senior Agent, Andrea Brown Literary Agency, and Amy Goldman Koss, Author of over 14 MG and YA novels.

We have promised not to blog away about their presentations, but there are a few tidbits I can share from general conversation.

Caryn mentioned that many books she used to be able to sell a few years ago are now considered too quiet for today’s market.

What makes a book sale-able?

  1. Memorable characters
  2. The story arc makes sense
  3. Not too quiet–has a hook that sets it apart; high concept

Books recommended on craft and the biz:

  1. Writing Irresistible Kidlit by Mary Kole
  2. The Writer’s Guide to Crafting Stores for Children by Nancy Lamb
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