Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Kansas / Missouri Agent Day

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Date(s) - 04/07/2018
8:00 am - 6:00 pm

Friendship Brewing Company
100 E. Pitman Ave. - Wentzville, MO 63385


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Join us for our first ever agent day. Featuring critiques and intensive breakouts with FOUR agents looking for a diverse range of manuscripts. With no more than 13 people per intensive group, this event will allow participants to dig deep and develop their craft in an intimate setting. For those looking for more out of their workshop day, we will have a panel of agented, and formerly agented, PAL members who will discuss the positives and pitfalls of working with an agent. (The agents will NOT be present during this panel so that participants can feel free to ask and answer even the most honest questions.) To complete the workshop atmosphere, PAL members will be leading participants in small-group critique sessions where each person can work on pressing manuscript questions.

NOTE: To keep the groups intensive and small, registration will be limited. If you want to participate, watch your email and register quickly.

When you register, you will be asked to pick ONE of Eight tracks. Each track allows you to pick one agent for your one-on-one critique and one intensive session. Due to scheduling constraints, not all combinations are available. Choose well and read up on the agents before selecting. As registration is limited, it is unlikely that we can change your track should you change your mind.


8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Registration/Coffee & Bagels
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Agent Panel (Adria Goetz, Stacey Graham, Victoria Selvaggio, Lauren Spieller)
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Intensive Sessions with Victoria Selvaggio/Lauren Spieller -or- Roundtable Critques/One-on-One Critiques
12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch onsite (lunch provided)
1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Writer/Illustrator Panels – Everything You Want to Know About Working with an Agent
2:45 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Intensive Sessions with Adria Goetz/Stacey Graham -or- Roundtable Critiques/One-on-One Critiques
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Happy Hour Mingle with Agents

Featured Agents

Lauren Spieller
Associate Literary Agent Lauren Spieller comes to TriadaUS with a background in literary scouting and editorial consulting. She has a sharp editorial eye, and is passionate about author advocacy. Lauren is seeking Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult fiction, as well as select Adult fiction and non-fiction. Whatever the age category or genre, Lauren is passionate about finding diverse and underrepresented voices.

Breakout Topic – Crafting a Query Letter
Spieller will cover the basics of a great query letter, provide examples, and critique participants’ queries in an interactive lesson. Participants are invited to submit their query letters in advance, though this is not a guarantee that each query will be used as an example int the workshop. The session will end with participants workshopping their own work with one-on-one questions and feedback.

Stacey Graham
Stacey Graham came to agenting from the other side of the literary divide as an author, screenwriter, ghostwriter, and freelance editor. As the ottoman at Red Sofa Literary Agency, she is looking for fun nonfiction (MG and Adult), MG with a great voice and sense of humor, and romance (Adult).

Breakout Topic – Villains: Finding Your Inner Muhahahah
Who’s your favorite villain? Caroline Bingley? Count Olaf? Evil queens? The bad guy (or girl) is necessary to promote conflict and move the story forward so why are they often one of the least-developed characters? We’ll explore wickedness in literature and if these characters are just misunderstood or really nasty. Learn why every hero needs a dark spot and how writers can move past stereotypical bullies in their manuscripts and flesh out what makes them diabolical in this fun and fast-paced workshop!

Adria Goetz
Adria Goetz is a Literary Manager with Seattle-based Martin Literary & Media Management. Prior to becoming a Literary Manager, Adria fostered her knack for developing creative work during her three years as an intern and assistant at Martin Literary. In addition to her work with the agency, Adria is a 2016 graduate of the Columbia Publishing Course in New York City, a six-week intensive course on all aspects of book, magazine, and digital media publishing. She is also a graduate of the University of Washington in Seattle with a B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis. Adria lives in an old Victorian home in Tacoma (which she hopes dearly is haunted with a few friendly ghosts) with her husband and their two darling kittens, Maple and Mulberry.

Breakout Topic – The Art of the Query Letter
Writing a great query letter is an art and a science, and this workshop examines the core elements every strong query letter has, and how to add that extra pizzazz that will capture the attention of an agent or editor. Real examples from the instructor’s inbox, both good and bad, will be shared.

Victoria A. SelvaggioInstructions for Manuscript Submissions for Selvaggio
Business owner turned Associate Agent, Victoria A. Selvaggio comes to JDLA as a prior Regional Advisor for SCBWI: Northern Ohio, with over 10 years of actively working on the executive board. Drawn to the publishing scene first as an Author, 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.

Breakout Topic – The Dish on Dialogue
As an important element within your story, dialogue shows characters in vulnerable ways, it expands on and reveals your plot, always moving it forward, and it adds the authenticity needed for readers to feel that compelling urge to join the journey. But, to be effective, dialogue doesn’t work alone. Rather, dialogue teamed with the narrative voice and other story essentials creates balance, resulting in much more than s/he said. This presentation, with writing exercises, will cover the essentials for crafting realistic dialogue.


Opens at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 17, for SCBWI members!

Early-Bird: $175-CLOSED
Member: $190
Non-member: $220


If you are choosing to pay offline, please make checks payable to SCBWI KS-MO and send to:

11709 Roe Ave.
STE. D #200
Leawood, KS 66211

Manuscript details will be emailed to agent day participants, but for in order to be prepared for submission, plan to have your first 10 pages, a synopsis, or in the case of picture books, the entire picture book, ready for submission NO LATER THAN MARCH 2ND.
SCBWI KS-MO believes that no harassment of any type is allowable at SCBWI events. All events will follow the SCBWI national guidelines. Please read and be prepared to sign the anti-harassment agreement during day-of registration.