Webinar: Aug. 24, 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Central time
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Writing won’t necessarily get you published. What? Did you read that right? Yes, yes you did. In a world where people think writing is like eating–as in everybody can do it–you need something special in your story to not only soar over the slush, but to get kids and adults excited about your book. We know you can write, but can you sell? What is separating your manuscript from the thousands of others agents and editors receive each week? Tara Lazar will run through the techniques that make a picture book irresistible.
Street magic performer. Hog-calling champion. Award-winning ice sculptor. These are all things Tara Lazar has never been. Instead, she writes quirky, humorous picture books featuring exciting places that everyone will want to visit.
Her picture books available now are:
THE MONSTORE (Aladdin/S&S, 2013)
I THOUGHT THIS WAS A BEAR BOOK (Aladdin/S&S, 2015)
LITTLE RED GLIDING HOOD (Random House Children’s, 2015)
NORMAL NORMAN (Sterling, 2016)
WAY PAST BEDTIME (Aladdin/S&S, 2017)
7 ATE 9: THE UNTOLD STORY (Disney*Hyperion, 2017)
YOUR FIRST DAY OF CIRCUS SCHOOL (Tundra, June 2019)
THE UPPER CASE: TROUBLE IN CAPITAL CITY (Disney*Hyperion, 2019)
THREE WAYS TO TRAP A LEPRECHAUN (HarperCollins, 2020)
BLOOP (HarperCollins, 2021)
Tara is the founder of Storystorm, (formerly Picture Book Idea Month/ PiBoIdMo), the picture book writer’s alternative to NaNoWriMo. Storystorm is held every January at her blog, taralazar.com. Tara is represented by Ammi-Joan Paquette of the Erin Murphy Literary Agency.
This webinar will be recorded, but you MUST register BEFORE the webinar to view the recording. Registered attendees will be able to view the recording for 1 month after the webinar date.
The webinar costs $10 for SCBWI members, and $55 for non-members. SCBWI members, login to get the discounted price. If you aren’t a member, click here for more information on the many benefits of being part of our community. To join before you register, click the JOIN button in the top right corner of this website.
To register, fill out the form at the bottom of this page. You must accept SCBWI’s Anti-Harassment Policy.
Austin SCBWI members, use the coupon code you were sent in a member email to get this webinar for free.
Austin SCBWI is dedicated to making sure our events are as accessible to everyone as possible. Zoom’s auto closed-captions will be turned on for this webinar, but if you need anything else, please let us know in your registration. We will do our best to arrange it for you.
Tara Lazar is doing a limited number of picture book critiques. A critique is NOT included in the webinar. Each critique costs $50 and you will receive written notes. To get a critique with Tara, select that option in the registration form below.
Critique pages must be submitted the week of Aug. 30-Sep. 3, giving you time to watch the webinar, use the information to revise your manuscript, then submit your pages for feedback. You will receive written notes within two months from submission. For submission guidelines, click here.
Login information for the webinar will be emailed to registered attendees AFTER 3PM on the DAY OF THE WEBINAR.