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Webinar: Perfecting the Nonfiction Proposal with Jacqui Lipton

Date(s) - 10/19/2021
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


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Perfecting the Nonfiction Proposal

with author and agent Jacqui Lipton

Webinar: Oct. 19, 7pm to 8:30pm Central time

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Jacqui Lipton

Jacqui Lipton

Nonfiction has been gaining traction in recent years in children’s publishing, especially as authors and publishing houses have broken out of the traditional “textbook” model and have looked to create informational and fact-filled texts that are engaging, interactive and just plain fun. A particular advantage of taking a more creative approach to nonfiction is that you can potentially position your book for both the trade and educational markets and interest a greater variety of editors and ultimately readers.

In this interactive workshop we will look at the nuts and bolts of proposing a nonfiction project, focusing on writing a polished proposal, and accompanying query, for middle grade and YA crossover nonfiction. We’ll also talk a little bit about strategies for presenting nonfiction picture books in newer and more original ways than the traditional “PB bio” format that has filled—some would say overfilled—the market in recent years.

BONUS: Jacqui will give a copy of her book Law and Authors to an attendee.

Jacqui Lipton, M.F.A., Ph.D. is a literary agent, attorney and law professor who specializes in the business side of the publishing industry and represents clients from picture book through adult with a particular love for nonfiction. She is the founding agent at Raven Quill Literary Agency and also writes her own (adult) nonfiction. Her most recent books are Law and Authors: A Legal Handbook for Writers (University of California Press, 2020) and Our Data, Ourselves: A Personal Guide to Consumer Privacy (forthcoming, University of California Press, 2022).


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.


Registration will open on July 20, 2021! 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.

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