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How to Get Noticed in the Graphic Novel World – Webinar with Janna Morishima

Date(s) - 02/06/2021
11:00 am - 12:15 pm


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How to Get Noticed in the Graphic Novel World – Webinar

With Janna Morishima


Date – 02/06/2021
11:00 am – 12:15 pm Central Standard Time

Graphic Novels have gained a strong presence in the world of children’s literature, and for good reason. They are highly engaging and can reach that reluctant reader and have definitely come into their own place in the kidlit world.

Whether you have been writing graphic novels, are just beginning to dabble in this genre, or are simply curious about them, you no doubt have questions about how to get discovered in the graphic novel world.

This webinar will answer so many of your questions and get you on the path to creating your own graphic novels.


Registration is $15.00 for members of SCBWI, and $25.00 for non-members, and the presentation will be recorded and available for four weeks following the webinar date, so even if you are not able to attend live, you will benefit greatly from both the information in the webinar as well as the submission opportunities to all faculty members following the webinar.

Janna Morishima is a literary agent specializing in graphic novels and visual storytelling. She is the founder of Kids Comics Unite, an online community for kids and YA graphic novel professionals. She was also one of the co-founders of Scholastic’s Graphix imprint. Find out more at and

Join us for How to Get Noticed in the Graphic Novel World. This 75 minute webinar includes a question and answer period. The webinar will be recorded if you can’t attend live. The recording will be available for four weeks after the event. Participants will also be able to submit to Janna for two months after the webinar. This is a great opportunity as she is usually closed to submissions.


In conjunction with the webinar, we are offering the opportunity to submit critiques from the following non-faculty professionals. Critiques are $45 each. Following registration, you will receive detailed instructions about submitting your pages for critiques. They must be submitted by midnight, January 3, 2021 to Jennifer Sneed, Oklahoma Assistant Regional Advisor.


This is a fast turnaround, so be prepared to send pages by the date of January 3, 2021 if you purchase a critique.



Brent Taylor is a Senior Literary Agent at Triada Literary Agency. Brent’s tastes can best be described as upmarket: stories that are extremely well-written, robust with emotion, and appeal to a wide, commercial audience.

He is seeking smart, fun, and heartfelt books in the following categories: picture books, chapter books, middle grade, young adult, and graphic novels for kids and teens. His favorite books include: Charlotte’s WebThe Thing About JellyfishThe Vast Fields of Ordinary, Please Ignore Vera Dietz, and The Westing Game.

For critiques in conjunction with the webinar, Brent is accepting:

The first ten pages of a Chapter Book, Early Reader, Nonfiction work, Poetry, or Graphic Novel.

The entire manuscript or dummy for a Picture Book or Board Book.

Following the webinar, Mr. Taylor will accept submissions from attendees in all genres of children’s literature. Detailed submission guidelines will be emailed to attendees.



Courtney Stevenson joined HarperCollins Children’s Books in 2016, after starting her career on the agency side at Pippin Properties. In her time assisting Rosemary Brosnan, Courtney has been lucky to work on such amazing books as The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo, I Can Make This Promise by Christine Day, and Ogre Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine, as well as many new editions of titles on the team’s rich backlist. She is proud to have on her own list That’s What Friends Do by debut author Cathleen Barnhart and Summer at Meadow Wood by Amy Rebecca Tan. Courtney is most excited by young adult and middle grade manuscripts that have a literary bent, clever voice, diverse cast of characters, and perhaps some vibrant historical details. You can find her on twitter at @courtney_ps.

 Courtney will critique the first ten pages of a Chapter Book, Early Reader, Middle Grade, Young Adult or Nonfiction.

 Following the webinar, Courtney will accept submissions from either a Chapter Book, Early Reader, Middle Grade, Young Adult, or Nonfiction. She will accept submissions for three months from the date of the webinar.

 Once again, detailed submission guidelines will be sent to all webinar attendees.


*A Zoom link to the webinar will be emailed to all attendees no later than 2/5/2021. Please note the time for this webinar is 11:00 am Central Standard Time.