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Webinar: Indie-Publishing a Picture Book with Darcy Pattison

Date(s) - 01/26/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Improve Your Craft From Home with this Webinar!

Indie-Publishing a Picture Book
with author Darcy Pattison

Webinar: Jan. 26, 7pm to 8:30pm Central time

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Darcy Pattison

Darcy Pattison

Search the internet and you’ll find lots of information about indie-publishing novels, whether for kids, teens, or adults. But you’ll find little on picture books. This webinar will discuss the many challenges of indie publishing a full-color picture book:

*  commissioning stellar art

*  writing a compelling, short text

*  language, voice and tone for the young audience

*  appropriate topics

*  layout and design for paperback and hardcover

*  print file requirements

*  marketing to adults when kids are your audience

*  the question of education standards

*  difficulty of picture book eBooks (images, software, distribution, marketing)

*  the promise of audiobooks

Join author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison for a frank look at the difficulties and joys of picture books.

Children’s book author and indie publisher Darcy Pattison writes award-winning fiction and non-fiction books for children. Her traditionally published works have received starred Kirkus and BCCB reviews. Awards include the Irma Black Honor award, one NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Book, and one NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts.

Her indie published works with have received starred PW and Kirkus reviews, four NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books, one Eureka! Nonfiction Honor book, two Junior Library Guild selections, and one NCTE Notable Children’s Book in Language Arts.

She’s the 2007 recipient of the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Award for Individual Artist for her work in children’s literature. For the Highlights Foundation, Darcy has co-taught the PB&J: Picture Books and All that Jazz workshop for six years and taught the Self or Indie Publishing: Answering the Big Questions workshop.


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.


Darcy Pattison is doing a limited number of picture book text critiques. A critique is NOT included in the webinar. Each critique costs $50 for a full picture book text and you will receive written notes. To get a critique, select that option in the registration form below.

Critique pages must be submitted the week of Feb. 1-5, giving you time to watch the webinar, use the information to revise your manuscript, then submit your pages for feedback. For submission guidelines, click here.


Login information for the webinar will be emailed to registered attendees AFTER 3PM on the DAY OF THE WEBINAR.