2016 Spring Conference OKC


“Go The Distance”

APRIL 16, 2016  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
OKC Embassy Suites Hotel
1815 South Meridian, Oklahoma City


SPEAKERS:   3 Editors, 2 Agents, 1 Art Director
Sara Sargent
is an Executive Editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she focuses on fiction and nonfiction in the picture book, middle grade, and young adult categories. Previously she was an Editor at Simon Pulse, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Sara has worked with New York Times bestselling author Abbi Glines, National Book Award finalist Deb Caletti, Jennifer Echols, Julie Cross, Aaron Karo, and Martina Boone, among others. She also received her Master of Science in journalism from Northwestern University. You can sometimes find Sara eating takeout and reading on the couch. You can always find her online at www.sarasargent.wordpress.com and on Twitter and Instagram @Sara_Sargent. Sara lives in Brooklyn.
Sara Sargent
Carter Hasegawa 
Associate editor at Candlewick Press, came to children's publishing in a roundabout way. After a decade of working in grocery, followed by a two-year stint in textbook publishing, he left everything behind to follow his passion for children's books, and he went back to school to get his MA in Children's Literature from Simmons College. Since 2008, he's been a children's bookseller at various independent bookstores in Seattle and in Cambridge, which he still continues to do part-time when not at Candlewick. Some of his favorite non-Candlewick books include: The Notorious Benedict Arnold, Jellicoe Road, Ready Player One, Three Times Lucky, and many, MANY more. Basically anything that has a great voice, is a good story, and is "unputdownable." Follow him on Instagram @chbostonphoto or Twitter @longriverphoto
Carter Hasegawa
Karl Jones
Associate Editor, Grosset & Dunlap/Price Stern Sloan/Cartoon Network Books, Penguin Young Readers. Karl works on a variety of licensed and original middle grade and activity books, as well as some early YA projects. He acquired and edits the Just Jake series from New York Times best-selling kid author, Jake Marcionette and edits a middle grade/YA transition series by established stage and screenwriter, Justin Sayre-the first book in this series, Husky published in September 2015. He also develops, acquires and writes unique original activity books like Day of the Dead Activity Book and Build A Boyfriend, as well as hiring work-for-hire authors for several licensed book programs for entertainment and gaming properties including Star Trek, Powerpuff Girls, Uncle Grandpa, Regular Show and Shovel Knight. He is particularly interested in realistic middle grade and YA fiction and format-bending storytelling projects. In his free time, he enjoys comedy and storytelling events, outdoor adventures, and live music. He is a native Oklahoman.
TWITTER: @karljones
Karl Jones

Jodell Sadler
is a pacing geek or guru who earned her MFA in Writing for Children & YA from Hamline University, 2009 and jumped into agenting in 2012. She hosts workshops and presents on pacing, which includes Picture Book Pacing, Editing, and Avoiding Burnout tutorials and Webinars with Writer’s Digest. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) and passionate about helping writers pace their stories well because it allows writers the opportunity to enhance emotional resonance, tension, and find exciting ways to improve story arc with jumps and twists and pauses and stops that garnish editorial attention and help them get published.


Jodell Sadler
Vicki Selvaggio
With a strong background in business ownership, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to JDLA as an Associate Agent with over 7 years of actively working as a volunteer and Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an Author writing all genres, with her most recent publication in the 2015 Children’s Writer’s and Illustrator’s Market, Vicki’s passion for honing the craft carried over into reading manuscripts for the agency. Currently, she is excited to read compelling manuscripts that will resonate with her long after she’s done.
Twitter: Victoria Selvaggio @vselvaggio1
Vicki Selvaggio
Jason Henry
has over 15 years professional experience designing books for young readers. He has won awards for his designs from the Book Industry Guild of New York, designed numerous New York Times best selling books, such as Brad Meltzer’s Ordinary People Change The World series. Jason also designed Roller Girl by Victoria Jamieson, a 2016 Newbury Honor Book, and the Robert F. Sibert Honor book, Electric Ben, The Amazing Life and Times of Benjamin Franklin by Robert Byrd. In addition to his work as a book designer, Jason is also an illustrator, who’s work on Mysterious Messages a History of Codes and Ciphers by Gary Blackwood received recognition for the Book Industry Guild of New York. Jason is also active in community outreach projects in New York City. He graduated from Pratt Institute with highest honors, and lives in the New York metropolitan area with his wife, Annie.
Jason Henry


*Please note that closed houses will accept manuscripts from our attendees for a limited time.
CRITIQUES AND PITCHES:  A limited number of pitches, manuscript critiques, and portfolio critiques may be purchased for an additional cost.
Manuscripts Critiques: 65 slots for written critiques from an editor or agent. Manuscripts of ten pages or less are sent in advance and returned at the end of the conference.
bulletBlue  Manuscript deadline is February 17th. To hold your place fees must be paid before the deadline.
bulletBlue  Top manuscripts, selected by the critiquers, will have a ten-minute meeting during the conference with the editor or agent who critiqued the manuscript.  
bulletBlue  Send the first ten pages of longer works and all of picture books. No more than one manuscript per payment may be sent even if your picture book is shorter than ten pages. Double space all submissions.
bulletBlue Indicate on the top of the first page whether your manuscript is a picture book, non-fiction picture book, easy reader, chapter book, middle grade novel, young adult novel, or non-fiction book for older readers
bulletBlue forty-word plot summary may be printed at the beginning of longer manuscripts. Do not send a synopsis.
bulletBlue Manuscripts must arrive to the following address before February 17th
SCBWI Oklahoma, 9521 B Riverside Pkwy, Box 251, Tulsa, OK 74137.
bulletBlue Email confirmations will be sent.
bulletBlue No mail requiring a signature or emailed manuscripts will be accepted.
bulletBlue Writers may not request a certain speaker to do the critique, but you may inform us with a note attached to your manuscript if a speaker has already seen your manuscript.
Pitches: The first 20 people who register and sign up for a pitch will have a private ten-minute agent session. Be prepared to have a conversation based on a forty-word pitch. 
Portfolio Critiques: An illustrator professional will conduct ten paid art critiques during the conference.  We encourage all illustrators to display their portfolio for conference viewing. Illustrators do not have to pay for a critique to display their portfolios.
CONFERENCE PAYMENTS: Those paying by check may pay in full or in two parts.  The first half is due on registration. Second half must be paid by April 2nd.









Conference Fee:                                               
SCBWI Member    $l50.
Non-Member    $200.
Manuscript Critique    $40.
 Pitch    $40.
Art Portfolio Critique    $40.
Saturday night supper
 @ On The Border (first 50 people)
GRANDE FAJITA FIESTA Original queso, chicken and steak fajitas served with sour cream, cheese, guacamole, pico de gallo and our tortillas. Served with choice of iced tea or lemonade. Served with sopapillas with honey and chocolate sauce.(Alcohol is extra.)  
REFUNDS: No refunds for registration after April 2nd. No refunds at all for registrations that include critiques or pitches.
HOTEL INFORMATION: A room rate of $114.00 for one or two people, including breakfast, may be secured directly with the hotel until April 2nd by asking for the SCBWI rate.
Call 405-246-6010 or use this link:  
Questions – Contact Helen Dunlap Newton  newtonhelendunlap@gmail.com
Registration Spring 2016