Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Webinar: Querying & Pitching Publishing Professionals with Agent Rachel Orr

Date(s) - 12/04/2019
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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Have you polished up your manuscript post-conference? Getting ready to submit to agents in time for the new year? Are you crafting your query letter and wondering what to include (or leave out) to stand out in the inbox?  In this 90-minute webinar, Rachel Orr of Prospect Agency will discuss the process of querying publishing professionals.

Rachel Orr will cover query letters for all types of children’s book submissions, including picture books, novels, non-fiction and illustrations. She’ll show examples of query letters from her current clients—pointing out what caught her eye—and talk about what kind of information to avoid in query letters as well. She’ll also talk about the difference between queries and pitches, and discuss the best time in your career to start the querying process.

Attendees may also submit to Rachel Orr after the webinar and will be given a code.

If you can’t make the live webinar, still register. A recording of the webinar will be available to registered attendees for two months after the live event.

The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI members and $25 for non-members. Members, make sure you’re logged in to the website to get the discounted price.


You will receive an email with instructions for accessing the webinar a few days before the live event. You may want to download the free Zoom application in advance and familiarize yourself with the platform. If you have any questions about this webinar or registration, please contact Jess Townes at

Prior to joining Prospect Agency in 2007, Rachel worked as an editor at HarperCollins Children’s Books, where she had the pleasure of working with such successful novelists as Dan Gutman and Suzanne Williams. Because of her editorial background, Rachel continues to do a lot of hands-on work with her clients before sending their projects out on submission. Rachel loves working with clients who come from diverse backgrounds and have fresh perspectives to offer readers.You can read more about Rachel at You can also find her tweeting at @Rachelprospect.